There is a buzz around Rallycross in 2014. Two rounds into the new for 2014 World Rallycross championship there is a distinct buss around the sport. The second round at Lydden Hill attracted a record 38 entries in the top…
Dirt's on the up
There is a buzz around Rallycross in 2014. Two rounds into the new for 2014 World Rallycross championship there is a distinct buss around the sport. The second round at Lydden Hill attracted a record 38 entries in the top Supercar category. No wonder given the fact the cars are four wheel drive 600 bhp monsters driven on tight tracks run on both gravel and asphalt and in short action packed sprint heats. This is then an area where Öhlins expertise is used and Öhlins together with Öhlins Auto Nordic has developed a number of competitive products. After the first two rounds Olsbergs MSE Ford Fiesta driver Andreas Bakkerud heads the standings after winning the second round at Lydden Hill in an Öhlins 1-2-3 to follow up on his second place in the season opener in Portugal. The championship now heads to the intriguely named Hell in Norway for the third round. More information about the series at www.rallycrossrx.com
Marc VDS shows top form ahead of Nürburgring 24 hours and GT success in Blancpain
The weekend of June 20-22 is all about speed at Nürburgring. That is when the classic Nürburgring 24 hours is held this year and the BMW Z4 GT3 of Marc VDS, last year's runner up, has shown top form. With a win in the third VLN-race at Nürburgring and a second place in the fourth VLN-race they have established themselves as a pre-race favourite for the 24-hour race coming up next at the track.
Speaking of GT the Blancpain GT series saw ART Grand Prix win the first round in their McLaren MP4-12C at Monza. At the fourth round newcomers M-Sport took a popular and surprising win in the newest GT3-car, the impressive looking Bentley Continental GT3
The great battle of Le Mans 24 hours!
Fans of 24-hour racing will have the month of June marked as a favourite. The weekend before Nürburgring 24 hours the racing classic Le Mans 24 hours is held. With 14 straight overall victories thanks to the success of its customers Öhlins has high hopes for another success.
Toyota has shown some very strong promise by winning the two opening rounds of the FIA World Endurance Championship at Silverstone and Spa. This has put Anthony Davidson and Nicolas Lapierre at the top of the standings heading into the 24-hour week at Le Mans in June. Will they put one over Le Mans masters Audi this year?
French dominance in touring cars
The Citroën C-Elysée WTCC are not only fantastic looking, they are also the dominant car in WTCC at the moment. They have taken an almost clean sweep of the races so far and the three Citrën drivers José Maria López, Yvan Muller and 9-time World Rally champion Sébastien Loeb is comfortably at the top of the standings after the first five rounds of the championship.
First Peugeot R5 win
The new R5 rally category is an interesting one, made for national and international rallying in high powered 4WD rally cars just a spec or two below the WRC-cars. One of the lastest additions to the R5 category is the Peugeot 208 R5 which has already proven to be successful. In the hands of Paolo Andreucci and Anna Andreussi it won the Targa Lorio rally. This was the cars second win after having also won in Greece. And the car is still in the testing phase!
Volvo impresses down under
Right from the start the Volvo Polestar Garry Rogers team has impressed as the Swedish marque made its debut in the cut throat world of V8 Supercars in Australia. A popular and memorable second place already in the first weekend in Adelaide by Scott McLaughlin has been followed up with several front rows and podium positions including two wins – the first in the non-championship round in Melbourne and the second win came in round 14 at Perth. McLaughlin currently holds seventh overall in the standings after the first five race weekends.
We finish off with a look at Japan and Super Formula – the top category of racing in Japan and with the new car for this year the fastest single seater series outside Formula 1. Öhlins Japanese distributor Carozzeria is a well-known supplier for the teams in this series. Two rounds of the seven round championship has been held and after the rounds at Suzukia and Fuji speedway Loic Duval heads the standings ahead of Andre Lotterer, both also part of the Audi Sport Le Mans-squad.