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And so, without further ado, meet the stars that will be coming out to play in Cape Town.
The current FIA World Rallycross Champion Johan Kristoffersson, who drives a factory-developed Volkswagen Polo Supercar for PSRX Volkswagen Sweden, leads the pack. The Swede currently tops the 2018 Championship standings, intent on defending his 2017 title. Compatriots Robin Larsson of Olsbergs MSE, Mattias Ekström of EKS Audi Sport, Timmy Hansen of Team Peugeot Total and his brother Kevin of Team Peugeot Total are also in the mix, ensuring that Sweden maintain a strong presence on the Cape track.
Sebastien Loeb of Team Peugeot Total is the world’s most successful rally driver, claiming nine World Rally Championships. The Frenchman will be looking to add to the six podiums he took in 2017, but he’ll have stiff competition at Killarney from Latvian champion Janis Baumanis of Team Stard and the highly experienced Russian Timur Timerzyanov of the GRX Taneco Team. All three are currently neck-and-neck in this year’s top ten.
Kristoffersson’s team-mate, Norwegian Petter Solberg [double World RX champion] will also be here, as will fellow countryman Andreas Bakkerud of EKS Audi Sport and the rising young Finn Niclas Grönholm of GRX Taneco Team. Making up the rest of the pack are GC Kompetition drivers Guerlain Chicherit and Anton Marklund, ALL-INKL.COM Munnich 77 drivers Timo Schedier and Rene Munnich, Gregoire Demoustier of Sebastien Loeb Racing, Oliver Bennett of Oliver Bennett and Kevin Eriksson of Olsbergs MSE.
That’s quite a list…and it’s going to be quite a weekend. Wait, make that a long weekend! Because on Thursday the 22nd of November the World Rallycross Parade makes its way from the back of the Table Bay Hotel to the Amphitheatre at the V&A Waterfront where drivers, including Kristoffersson, Loeb and Solberg, will be signing autographs at a special meet and greet. It’s the perfect way to get in the mood for a perfect weekend of non-stop, all-out, full-throttle action. Make sure you and the family are there!
|The 2018 Gumtree World Rallycross of South Africa - ENTRY LIST|
LIST provided by FIA World Rallycross Media.