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More races, new circuits and increased awards for RX Academy in 2019

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More races, new circuits and increased awards for RX Academy in 2019

RX Academy is delighted to announce a new-look calendar and increased awards for 2019.
 
Following two successful seasons for the concept, next year’s RX Academy calendar will increase from five to six rounds, including a first visit to Riga in Latvia.
 
The season-opener will take place at Swedish FIA World Rallycross Championship circuit Holjes, which will feature a double-header event. In a collaboration with both RallyX Nordic and the Finnish Rallycross Championship, good value, seat time and exposure have been deciding factors in the 2019 concept strategy, with further races set to take place in Finland and Latvia, before returning to Sweden for the season finale (see full calendar below). Events will be broadcast online with dedicated RX Academy highlights shows, featuring on-track action and driver interviews.
 
RX Academy continues its quest to provide aspiring world champions of the future with a platform to learn about all aspects of becoming a professional racing driver, through mentoring in driving, physical and mental coaching and media and pr training, delivered by experienced professionals such as world-renowned mental coach, Christoph Treier and international rallycross champions Toomas Heikkinen, Joni Wiman and Reinis Nitiss.
 
That process will begin with the three-day pre-season training camp at Eerikkilä Sports Institute, where participants will take part in tuition sessions and team building activities.
 
Racing RX Academy’s single-make, factory-built Renault Clio RS RX race cars, fitted with 1.6-litre, 220bhp engines, six-speed sequential gearboxes, Reiger rallycross suspension and Cooper Tires, the winner of RX Academy 2019 will win a free drive in five rounds of the RX2 International Series in 2020.
 
The first RX Academy Champion, Jesse Kallio, immediately won events at International level in his prize drive season, while 2018 Champion Sami-Matti Trogen will race the RX Academy award car next year.
 
Prizes for second and third in RX Academy 2019 will include a discount into RX Academy for 2020 and testing tuition in an RX2 car with double European Rallycross Champion, Reinis Nitiss. RX Academy will also offer a pre-season winter driving camp in Finland in March, to help drivers from any discipline gain low-grip experience ahead of their summer campaigns.
 
“We have worked hard to offer RX Academy participants even better value, track time and exposure in the concept in 2019, while still holding our core values at the center of what we do, to give every driver an equal opportunity both on track, and to learn as much as possible about what is required to become a professional motorsports athlete in the 21st century,” said head of RX Academy, Jussi Pinomäki. “We’re delighted to be joining both RallyX Nordic and the Finnish Rallycross Championship at events next year, giving our drivers a fantastic range of circuits to compete at. We’re really excited with our plans to have dedicated RX Academy coverage online and we can’t wait to get started in the Spring.”

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About RX Academy:
 
RX Academy is a concept created to give aspiring rallycross drivers a professional environment in which to compete, as the first step to becoming future World Champions.

The winner of 2019 RX Academy will secure a fully-funded drive in five European based rounds of the 2020 RX2 International Series.

For further information and the full calendar, visit the RX Academy Website and at the Social Media links below.

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Euro RX Super1600 podium for RX Academy Champion Kallio at Estering


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Euro RX Super1600 podium for RX Academy Champion Kallio at Estering

Finnish driver Jesse Kallio completed his season of driving the RX Academy Award car by finishing on the podium in the final round of the FIA European Rallycross Super1600 Championship at Estering in Germany (October 14).
 
2017 RX Academy Champion Kallio failed to finish Q1 after a sensor problem, but hard work by the SET Promotion crew resolved the issue and Kallio set about fighting his way back up the order with the Renault Twingo Super1600. Despite outside grid positions and some of the slowest track conditions on an ever-evolving German circuit, Kallio set a pair of top-five times to climb back to ninth in the Intermediate Classification.
 
A great start and solid drive in semi-final one meant Kallio challenged for the lead of the race, then from the second row of the grid for the final the Finn made another advantageous overtaking manoeuvre in the first corner to finish on the podium, adding another trophy to his collection following victory in the Norwegian round in Hell. He finished the campaign sixth of 35 starters.
 
World RX:
 
The SET Promotion-operated GRX Taneco team again starred in the 11th round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship. Niclas Gronholm qualified sixth in the Intermediate Classification then made it into the final by setting the fastest lap of the day so far in the semi-finals. In the final he challenged for a place on the podium and finished fourth.
 
While disappointed not to finish in the top three, another top-four finish against the manufacturer teams shows the level on which the GRX team is operating with the Hyundai i20 Supercars. Three-time Euro RX Champion Timur Timerzyanov had a challenging weekend and missed out on a place in the semi-finals.
 
Jesse Kallio (FIN) #74, Euro RX Super1600:
 
“I’m really happy with the weekend after a bad Q1 with the sensor problems, and then bad starting positions on the outside of the grid. I just pushed as hard as I could and in the semis I had a really good run to second place, with good overtakes in the second and third corners. In the final I focused on doing fast lap times, managed to overtake in the first corner and it was enough for third place. I’m really happy to be on the podium and it was a really nice end of the season. I’ve had an amazing time this year, being in the same paddock as World Champions and being able to win races. I’ve had a great time with the team, there is great spirit and I am really grateful to them for this opportunity.”
 
Toomas Heikkinen, SET Promotion Euro RX Super1600 Crew Chief and spotter:
 
“We struggled a bit at the start of the weekend but the whole team did a good job that’s how we managed to climb back. Jesse showed in both the semi and the final that he really has the speed and it was really good for all of us to end the season on the podium.”
 
Niclas Gronholm (FIN) #68, World RX Supercar:
 
You have to know when to attack and when to bide your time on this circuit. Overall, it was a good weekend. Qualifying for the final and finishing fourth is a good result, but I admit I was hoping for better. I really wanted to be on the podium this time, but it wasn’t to be. We’ve got one race left to go and I hope I’ll be able to finish the season in style.”
 
Jussi Pinomaki, SET Promotion:
 
“It’s great for Jesse to have finished his season on a high. We’ve had a few ups and downs in Super1600 this year but we’ve had good pace when things have been going well and a podium is a good reward for the effort. I’ve been impressed with the step Jesse has taken this year and it’s been a pleasure to have him in the team. I hope we can continue working together in the future.
 
In World RX, the outcome is positive. We have made the semi-final in all eleven rounds so far and we can even boast a fourth qualification for the final. Niclas drove splendidly despite a few mistakes. He got better over the weekend and had pace throughout. For Timur, Germany was tough. But he didn’t give up and he showed promising speed on Sunday. I know he’s capable of bouncing back and I’m sure the final round will be his chance to shine.”
 
Next Up:
 
The final round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship at Cape Town in South Africa takes place on November 24 – 25.

Find full event information, results and points on the FIA World Rallycross Championship website.
 
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About SET Promotion

 

SET Promotion is one of the most successful teams in the action-packed sport of rallycross, with eight FIA European Rallycross Championship titles to its name.

In 2018, SET Promotion is operating the RX Academy, as well as running cars in the FIA World Rallycross Championship, FIA European Rallycross Championship and RX2 International Series.

Run by brothers Jussi and Kalle Pinomäki, SET’s structure offers a unique internal ladder of opportunity for drivers starting out in the sport to the very top in the growing FIA World Rallycross Championship.

#PoweredBySET
 

SET Promotion information here.
RX Academy information here.
World RX / Euro RX information here.

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Trogen crowned 2018 RX Academy Champion at Tierp


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Trogen crowned 2018 RX Academy Champion at Tierp

Sami-Matti Trogen (#22) secured the 2018 RX Academy title in a battle for the coveted crown that went down to the wire in the final round at Tierp in Sweden (October 7).
 
As his prize, the 16-year old will race in the RX2 International Series in 2019, the official single-make support category to the FIA World Rallycross Championship, with nine-time FIA European Rallycross Championship winning team SET Promotion.
 
Four drivers entered the 2018 season finale at Sweden’s newest rallycross track in the hunt for the RX Academy title and it was the closest challenger to Trogen’s points lead, Polish driver Oskar Leitgeber (#3), who struck first by setting the fastest time in Q1 on Saturday afternoon to take the overnight advantage.
 
Trogen hit back with the best time in Q2 and Q3 on Sunday morning to qualify top of the Intermediate Classification, as Leitgeber was second. Both drivers won their semi-finals and qualified on the front row for the final.
 
New Zealander Sloan Cox (#21) began the weekend right on the pace, with fastest time in Free Practice two. He wound up fourth at the end of qualifying, before finishing second in semi-final two to take a second row starting position for the final, alongside Isak Reiersen (#70). The Swede was second fastest in Q2 and overtook Russian driver Marat Knyazev (#96), who was third in the Intermediate Classification, in semi-final one to earn a second row start in the final. The grid was completed by Knyazev and Estonian Marko Muru (#27), who set a best time of fourth in Q2.
 
At the start of the final, it was Reiersen who took the lead at the exit of turn one, from Muru and Leitgeber as Trogen dropped to fourth. But, while chasing Leitgeber, Trogen rolled his car on a rutted loose-surface on the second lap and the race was stopped.

With the race unable to restart, the official result was later published by the Stewards of the Meeting, citing that in accordance with regulation 15.6.6, the championship points scored by each driver through the event were used to determine the official results.

Needing to finish fifth or higher if Leitgeber won the event, Trogen, who was classified first ahead of Leitgeber, secured the 2018 RX Academy title. Knyazev was classified third at Tierp as Cox, Reiersen and Muru completed the top six.
 
Fredrik Damm Larsen (#95) made his RX Academy debut at Tierp and improved with every session but just missed out on a place in the final by finishing fourth in semi-final two, while Jimi Kalliomäki (#95) had a spin while battling for a place in the final in semi-final one and finished fourth.
 
Tierp Winner and RX Academy Champion: Sami-Matti Trogen (FIN)
 
“It’s been a really good season for me, overall all of the races have been really good and I’m really happy to win the championship. I’ve learnt a lot in RX Academy this season, we’ve had different conditions at different tracks and learnt a lot away from the track also. The prize drive is fantastic, it will be really good to drive with SET Promotion in RX2 next season. I like the RX2 cars, so I’m really looking forward to it. This race was overall really good for me, I had good qualifying and semi-finals, the pace was strong but the final it didn’t go to plan. It was really hectic and I crashed in the second lap after the jump, I don’t really know what happened but I’m fine and really happy with the season overall.”
 
Tierp Second and RX Academy runner-up: Oskar Leitgeber (POL)

“This year has been the biggest adventure of my life and I have to say thank you to all of the people at RX Academy. I have learnt so much about life, rallycross and everything around being a driver. I tried really hard this weekend and I think it went well, there was some contact in the first corner of the final and it didn’t end in the way I wanted it to, but I feel like I am a winner and we will see what we can do for next year.”
 
Head of RX Academy: Jussi Pinomäki
 
“It feels like only yesterday that we began with the pre-season training camp at the Eerikkilä Sports Institute, but at the same time we have been through a huge journey since April. I’ve said many times that I personally don’t care at all who wins, our only mission is to give equal support to everyone and I think we have fulfilled that this year. It has been such a pleasure being able to work with the young, amazing characters like the drivers that have been with us this year, that is something really special. What they have learned from each other this summer is really unique, I’m sure what they learnt they don’t even realise yet. Of course, they have been given everything we can teach them about rallycross, but they have also learnt so much about life in general. This was an amazing group, what we experienced both on track and away from it, it’s all the small things that make the bigger picture for everybody and I’m really proud of what we are doing.
 
I’ve seen a big improvement in everyone in RX Academy and have had many positive surprises through the season. Congratulations to Sami-Matti for winning the championship. He takes the big prize but I’m looking forward to watching what all of these guys do next, wherever their careers take them. It’s important to reflect, but at the same time we are already working hard for next year and we will release news about our plans soon.”

Tierp Semi-Final 1
1 Sami-Matti Trogen (FIN)
2 Isak Reiersen (SWE)
3 Marat Knyazev (RUS)
4 Jimi Kalliomäki (FIN)

Tierp Semi-Final 2
1 Oskar Leitgeber (POL)
2 Sloan Cox (NZ)
3 Marko Muru (EST)
4 Fredrik Damm Larsen (NOR)

Result of R5, Tierp
1 Sami-Matti Trogen (FIN)
2 Oskar Leitgeber (POL)
3 Marat Knyazev (RUS)
4 Sloan Cox (NZ)
5 Isak Reiersen (SWE)
6 Marko Muru (EST)

Championship Standings:
1 Sami-Matti Trogen (FIN) 127
2 Oskar Leitgeber (POL) 120
3 Marko Muru (EST) 94
4 Jimi Kalliomäki (FIN) 92
5 Isak Reiersen (SWE) 90
6 Sloan Cox (NZ) 81
7 Marat Knyazev (RUS) 72
8 Troy Dowel (AUS) 46
9 Juho Valtanen (FIN) 20
10 Jussi-Petteri Leppihalme (FIN) 15
11 Fredrik Damm Larsen (NOR) 12











About RX Academy:
 
RX Academy is a concept created to give aspiring rallycross drivers a professional environment in which to compete, as the first step to becoming future World Champions.

The winner of 2018 RX Academy will secure a fully-funded drive in the 2019 FIA European Rallycross Championship for Super1600, or a seat in the five European based rounds of the RX2 International Series.

For further information and the full calendar, visit the RX Academy Website and at the Social Media links below.

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Nitiss and SET Promotion win Euro RX Supercar title in style


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Nitiss and SET Promotion win Euro RX Supercar title in style

Latvian star Reinis Nitiss and SET Promotion claimed the FIA European Rallycross Championship for Supercar title in the final round of the series at Riga in Latvia (September 16).
 
Racing the Ford Fiesta Supercar, Nitiss secured the Euro RX crown by qualifying for the semi-finals, but then put the icing on the cake by winning his home round of the championship in front of ecstatic Latvian crowd, his third win from five rounds.
 
The title, SET’s ninth European rallycross crown, follows Nitiss’ Euro RX Super1600 championship victory with the Finnish team in 2013.
 
World RX:
 
Racing the SET Promotion-operated GRX Taneco Hyundai i20 Supercar in the ninth round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship, Niclas Gronholm qualified for his third final of the season and challenged for a podium finish throughout the race against the factory-supported teams. Matching nine-time World Rally Champion Sebastien Loeb for pace in the closing laps, Gronholm just missed out on a podium finish in fourth, another accomplished performance for the private squad. Russian driver Timur Timerzyanov also made the semi-finals but was unable to finish the race after contact with another car.
 
Euro RX Super1600:
 
In the FIA European Rallycross Championship for Super1600, reigning RX Academy Champion Jesse Kallio raced the prize drive Renault Twingo into the final in Latvia, despite being hit by two other competitors in Q1 and setting 20th time. He battled through traffic in Q2 and Q3, but with a mature performance made it into the final and finished fourth. Timur Shigabutdinov, driving SET’s other Super1600 Twingo didn’t have such a good event. He rolled in Q1, but the hard work of the SET mechanics got the car back on track for Q2. Unfortunately, due to other problems in the following races, Shigabudinov didn’t make the semi-finals.
 
Reinis Nitiss (LVA) #15, Euro RX Supercar Champion:
 
“This feels amazing. I got the title after the qualifications but I didn’t celebrate to the maximum, I knew that we had two more races to go and ‘that’s how we do it!’ That’s what Joni Wiman told me after the finish line of the final. It’s amazing to win at home in Latvia. It was close with (Cyril) Raymond in the final, the mirror went completely wrong after the jump and I couldn’t see who was behind me. On lap five Joni said ‘okay, now we go.’ It was a brilliant, brilliant feeling to come first over the line. To get the championship title, the victory and with the crowd, they went crazy when they were cheering after the finish, it was amazing.”
 
Joni Wiman, SET Promotion Euro RX Supercar Crew Chief and spotter:
 
“I’m sure it wasn’t easy for Reinis to come here this weekend, there was huge pressure on him and he did nearly a perfect job. We are really happy. We could have clinched the title in France two weeks ago already but we were a bit unlucky there. But, we did it here and that is brilliant. It’s really satisfying to win this title, me and Reinis work together really well and I’m really nervous to be in the spotters tower, much more than when I‘m driving myself. I really enjoyed the season.”
 
Niclas Gronholm (FIN) #68, World RX Supercar:
 
Every time the first two corners were a bit hairy in qualifying. It was tough, but we came out of it well and secured a good position quite quickly to qualify for the semi-finals. We knew that something had to happen in the semi-final for us to have a chance of the final, but for once, the first corner went in our favour and our strategy was effective once again. I wasn’t under any pressure in the final. I drove far more cleanly than at any other stage of the weekend and managed to get into a good groove. Now I can’t wait to get to the United States for the next race. Here, some of our rivals were able to test beforehand, but Austin will be a discovery for all of us and we’ll all be on a level footing.”
 
Jesse Kallio (FIN) #74, Euro RX Super1600:
 
“I’m really happy, after what happened in Q1 I had to push so much in Q2, Q3 and Q4. Okay I missed the podium, when I crossed the finish line I was disappointed but afterwards I’m actually very happy with the result. The Volland team’s cars are really fast but we are pushing hard and when we have no traffic we are there – we will push more for the last race in Germany. It will be interesting to go there, I think that track will suit our car quite well.”
 
Jussi Pinomaki, SET Promotion:
 
“It feels amazing that we secured the title with Reinis here in Latvia. The way he finalised the season is pretty amazing. We have to remember he’s 22, still a kid in my eyes but he’s an experienced driver and what he did the whole weekend with pretty high pressure knowing he can win the title and racing at home was really mature. We must remember that this was only the final step, how everything has happened this season was really done from the very first test in Loheac before the first round. Reinis came back home this season, I like to think he feels he can truly be himself here and he knows that the people around him are there only for him. He really showed that in Barcelona with the win there. Reinis and the team had issues in some races this season but everyone worked so hard, it’s a team sport and I’m so proud of the boys and Reinis – this is our first Supercar title and they didn’t leave any doubts for anyone during the season.
 
In World RX here, Niclas took a huge step in the afternoon on Sunday, for sure we were a bit lucky at the start of the semi when we managed to come through third car out, but you always need a bit of luck and we haven’t had it in the last races. I think we deserve it, we’ve been fighting really hard against the factory cars. This race was tough due to the fact that the factory teams tested here in July and we could not, but Niclas drove a great race in the final and it’s a good result. Jesse also drove really well in Super1600 here to climb back from his damage in Q1 and he almost finished on the podium, which once again shows how good he is and how much be learned RX Academy last season.”
 
Next Up:
 
The tenth round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship at COTA in the USA takes place in two weeks’ time (September 29 – 30).
 
Find full event information, results and points on the FIA World Rallycross Championship website.
 
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About SET Promotion

 

SET Promotion is one of the most successful teams in the action-packed sport of rallycross, with eight FIA European Rallycross Championship titles to its name.

In 2018, SET Promotion is operating the RX Academy, as well as running cars in the FIA World Rallycross Championship, FIA European Rallycross Championship and RX2 International Series.

Run by brothers Jussi and Kalle Pinomäki, SET’s structure offers a unique internal ladder of opportunity for drivers starting out in the sport to the very top in the growing FIA World Rallycross Championship.

#PoweredBySET
 

SET Promotion information here.
RX Academy information here.
World RX / Euro RX information here.

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Eight car line-up for SET Promotion at Loheac where Trogen claims RX2 podium


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Eight car line-up for SET Promotion at Loheac where Trogen claims RX2 podium

SET Promotion ran no less than eight cars in the French round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship at Loheac, with cars and drivers competing in every class of the event (September 2).
 
With close competition and challenging races in each of the four categories, all eight SET Promotion drivers qualified for the semi-finals before Finnish driver Sami-Matti Trogen scored a maiden RX2 International Series podium and Reinis Nitiss maintained his lead in the FIA European Rallycross Championship for Supercar.
 
In only his fifth RX2 event, 16-year old Trogen entered the French round on the back of RX Academy victory a week earlier in Finland. Validating all that the drivers learn in RX Academy, Trogen qualified for the final at Loheac with a strong performance through the weekend. In the final, he dropped from the second row to sixth at the start but immediately climbed his way back up to fourth by turn three and took his joker on the final lap from second. At the joker exit, as the leader spun Trogen made a crucial pass to claim second position.
 
Also racing in RX2, Jami Kalliomaki and Simon Syversen made the semi-finals, with best times of fifth and seventh respectively (both in Q2) but both were caught it traffic and delayed by punctures during the weekend. Kalliomaki’s weekend ended when he was forced off the circuit at turn two of semi-final two.
 
Euro RX Supercar:
 
FIA European Rallycross Championship for Supercar points leader Reinis Nitiss and the SET Promotion team once again challenged for a podium finish in round four of the series. The team worked hard on the setup of the Ford Fiesta against tough opposition and Latvian driver Nitiss qualified third in the Intermediate Classification. He lined up on the second row of the grid for the final but in a bid to make up places in the first corner, the Fiesta suffered a technical issue and Nitiss finished sixth.
 
With just one round remaining at Nitiss’ home event in Latvia, the former Euro RX Super1600 champion and World RX race winner leads the standings by 26 points.
 
World RX:
 
Niclas Gronholm proved both the potential of himself and the SET Promotion-operated GRX Taneco Team Hyundai i20 Supercar by setting the second quickest time in Free Practice on Friday evening in the FIA World Rallycross Championship.
 
Ninth and fifth best times on Saturday and then further solid performances in Q3 and Q4 on Sunday morning ensured Gronholm’s eighth consecutive semi-final start, where he finished sixth in semi-final one. Triple FIA European Rallycross Champion Timur Timerzyanov also made the semis with a strong performance on Sunday morning, with fifth and sixth fastest times and finished fifth in semi-final two.
 
Euro RX Super1600:
 
Russian driver Timur Shigabutdinov set fourth fastest time in Q1 at Loheac in the FIA European Rallycross Championship for Super1600, and despite an unfortunate incident in Q4 where both SET Promotion Renault Twingos – driven by Shigabutdinov and RX Academy prize driver Jesse Kallio – were forced into each other at turn one and both suffered punctures, both drivers made the semi-finals.
 
Starting together on the third row of semi-final one, Shigabutdinov and Kallio pushed hard but were unable to make up enough ground in the competitive series to make it into the final.
 
Sami-Matti Trogen (FIN) #22, RX2:
 
“There was a great atmosphere around the fans this weekend, the whole team’s feelings rise when the track is full of cheering people. The start was good in the semi-final, I got up to second and it all went well to be on the outside of the middle row for the final. The start in the final was a bit bad and I ended up last, but I pushed hard and passed some cars. On the last lap Henrik Krogstad spun, so I had to choose which direction to go. There was three of us in a bundle. Guillaume De Ridder tried to get passed me, but I stayed on the inside and it was a great feeling when I crossed the finish line. It was a great weekend, the pace was good all the time. We started from a good point but we still needed to improve. Thanks very much to the team, they did a great job the whole weekend.”
 
Kalle Pinomaki, SET Promotion RX2 and Super1600 Crew Chief and spotter:
 
“It was a great feeling that we got all of the SET cars into the semi-finals. When you have so many cars it’s a really good result. Then of course after the semi-finals I felt disappointed for some of the drivers as there was some bad luck, for example for Jami in RX2, who didn’t even get the chance to go forward after the second corner. Sami-Matti especially showed what he has learnt so far and he made good progress during the weekend with good speed. He was really fighting until the end in the final and he got the result he deserved. We’re really happy for him. He is feeling really confident, for sure what he and Jami have learnt in RX Academy is helping them a lot here. In Super1600 unfortunately both drivers had a puncture in Q4 and it’s not easy to get to the final from the back row of the semis. Jesse came close, but just couldn’t manage it in the end.
 
Reinis Nitiss (LVA) #15, Euro RX Supercar:
 
“On one hand, I am happy with my result, as you can’t always be on the podium. On the other hand, it could have been better, as we definitely had the speed to compete for a spot on the podium or even the victory. However, I also understand that we barely managed to fix some issues we had from Q4 in time for the semi-final – had I arrived to the pre-grid a moment later, the event would have ended for us. The mechanics did a great job. Now we have to take a deep breath, do a calm and calculated drive in the final round and finish the season on the high.”
 
Joni Wiman, SET Promotion Euro RX Supercar Crew Chief and spotter:
 
“We had some up and downs this weekend, I think this was one of the hardest weekends we’ve had so far. We were struggling with the pace a bit, but it’s shame that when we found it in Q4 the semi-final was okay but how the final ended up wasn’t how we wanted. It’s not a disaster. Looking at the points we just need to drive through Latvia. I know Reinis wants to win there but we have to focus to have good races in qualifying and after that he can drive without any pressure and that’s always better.”
 
Next Up:
 
The ninth round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship at Riga in Latvia (September 15 – 16) will also include the final round of the FIA European Rallycross Championship for Supercar and the penultimate round of the FIA European Rallycross Championship for Super1600.
 
Find full event information, results and points on the FIA World Rallycross Championship website.
 
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About SET Promotion

 

SET Promotion is one of the most successful teams in the action-packed sport of rallycross, with eight FIA European Rallycross Championship titles to its name.

In 2018, SET Promotion is operating the RX Academy, as well as running cars in the FIA World Rallycross Championship, FIA European Rallycross Championship and RX2 International Series.

Run by brothers Jussi and Kalle Pinomäki, SET’s structure offers a unique internal ladder of opportunity for drivers starting out in the sport to the very top in the growing FIA World Rallycross Championship.

#PoweredBySET
 

SET Promotion information here.
RX Academy information here.
World RX / Euro RX information here.

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Trogen becomes first ever RX Academy double-winner at Kouvola


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Trogen becomes first ever RX Academy double-winner at Kouvola

Finnish driver Sami-Matti Trogen (#22) claimed his second RX Academy victory in a row at the Kouvola Rallycross Festival in Finland to extend his points lead (August 26).
 
Trogen became the first ever two-time winner in RX Academy history by finishing second in the Intermediate Classification, winning semi-final two then taking the lead of the final at the first corner to win at the former FIA World Rallycross Championship venue.
 
Trogen had to fight back from a close fight with Russian driver Marat Knyazev (#96) in Q1 to claim victory. He set the fastest time in Q3, but it was Polish driver Oskar Leitgeber (#3) who was fastest in Q2 and qualified top in the Intermediate Classification. The round two winner then won semi-final one before finishing second to Trogen in the final after applying pressure to the Finn during the six-lap race. He remains second in the standings, just six points behind Trogen with one round remaining.
 
Making his rallycross debut in the RX Academy’s factory-built Renault Clio RS RX race cars, kart racer Juho Valtanen (#8) progressively built his speed throughout the event, overtook Swede Isak Reiersen (#70) for second position in semi-final two and climbed into third on the opening lap of the final, a position he would hold to the finish after the joker lap strategies played out.
 
Reiersen meanwhile continued his strong pace and was in the fight for a podium finish. He finished sixth overall behind Estonian Marko Muru (#27) and Knyazev. Muru made it up to fourth in the final from the back of the grid. He passed Kynazev in the very last corner of the weekend and has also climbed to joint third in the standings as a result.
 
Knyazev was third quickest in Q2 and finished the fourth round of RX Academy fifth. New Zealand driver Sloan Cox (#21) got his event of to a perfect start by winning his race in Q1 and setting the first fastest overall time of his RX Academy career. Competitive through the event, Cox initially finished third in semi-final two, but was given a black flag for an overtaking move on Muru and wasn’t able to start the final.
 
Jimi Kalliomäki also just missed out on a place in the final. Racing at a circuit he has visited previously in crosskart, Kalliomäki set a best time of fourth in Q2 and was also fourth in semi-final two. With just one round of RX Academy 2018 remaining at Tierp in Sweden (October 7) Kalliomaki is tied on points for third with Muru, but holds the position after round four thanks to his round one win.
 
Kouvola Winner: Sami-Matti Trogen (FIN)
 
“I’m really happy to win after a tough first two qualifyings today. I’m very happy with my weekend overall, my pace has been really good at the last race at Jalasjarvi and here in Kouvola, so that’s really good. Of course I’m going to the last race to try to win and take the championship.”
 
Kouvola Second: Oskar Leitgeber (POL)

“I’m happy with second but I lost points in the standings to Sami-Matti which is not so good. The last round in Sweden is going to be very important and the most interesting of the season. This track is very technical but it has been really fun to drive. In general, I’m very happy with another podium, this season has been really good with a lot of achievements already for me. I hope I can fight to win the title in the final round, I’m really looking forward to the race.”
 
Kouvola Third: Juho Valtanen (FIN)

“This is a really good result for me, I have not been driving this car so much at all so I’m happy with the result. I only drove it for the first time on Thursday, but this track felt good and I enjoyed it a lot. I had good data to look at to learn how to drive the car, which helped me to get a good style. The joker lap concept was new to me, so I just listened to what my spotter said, so it was easy. I enjoyed rallycross a lot, I hope I can do some more in the future.”
 
Head of RX Academy: Jussi Pinomäki
 
“We were really part of something amazing this weekend at the Kouvola Rallycross Festival, organised by the Finnish ASN (AKK) and RallyX Nordic. As always, at the end of the race some drivers are happy and some are unhappy but the road continues, the train keeps on going and everyone is learning new things all the time. To have such an event back in Finland with a huge crowd was fantastic and the RX Academy drivers put on a great race. We had good racing, good overtaking and I think we can feel very happy with how the weekend went. We have a bit of a break now before the final race in Tierp and we are all really looking forward to going to a new venue to finish off the season, where we will crown the second ever RX Academy champion.”

Kouvola Semi-Final 1
1 Oskar Leitgeber (POL)
2 Marat Knyazev (RUS)
3 Marko Muru (EST)
4 Sloan Cox (NZ)

Kouvola Semi-Final 2
1 Sami-Matti Trogen (FIN)
2 Juho Valtanen (FIN)
3 Isak Reiersen (SWE)
4 Jimi Kalliomäki (FIN)

Result of R4, Kouvola, Final
1 Sami-Matti Trogen (FIN)
2 Oskar Leitgeber (POL)
3 Juho Valtanen (FIN)
4 Marko Muru (EST)
5 Marat Knyazev (RUS)
6 Isak Reiersen (SWE)

Championship Standings:
1 Sami-Matti Trogen (FIN) 105
2 Oskar Leitgeber (POL) 99
3 Jimi Kalliomäki (FIN) 79
4 Marko Muru (EST) 79
5 Isak Reiersen (SWE) 73
6 Sloan Cox (NZ) 63
7 Marat Knyazev (RUS) 54
8 Troy Dowel (AUS) 46
9 Juho Valtanen (FIN) 20
10 Jussi-Petteri Leppihalme (FIN) 15









About RX Academy:
 
RX Academy is a concept created to give aspiring rallycross drivers a professional environment in which to compete, as the first step to becoming future World Champions.

The winner of 2018 RX Academy will secure a fully-funded drive in the 2019 FIA European Rallycross Championship for Super1600, or a seat in the five European based rounds of the RX2 International Series.

For further information and the full calendar, visit the RX Academy Website and at the Social Media links below.

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Trogen claims maiden RX Academy win at Jalasjarvi to take points lead


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Trogen claims maiden RX Academy win at Jalasjarvi to take points lead

Finnish driver Sami-Matti Trogen (#22) became the eighth different RX Academy winner by claiming victory in round three at Jalasjarvi to move into the points lead [August 11].
 
Starting his weekend with fastest time in both Free Practice and Q1, Trogen qualified top of the Intermediate Classification, won semi-final one and fended off a strong challenge from round two winner Oskar Leitgeber (#3) at the start of the final to score his first win, having finished second four times previously.
 
Leitgeber, who entered the Jalasjarvi event at the head of the points, set the fastest time in Q3, won semi-final two from the second row of the grid and finished second in the final. The Polish driver is now just four points behind Trogen in the standings with two rounds of RX Academy remaining.
 
Third for the second time in as many rounds was Estonian Marko Muru (#27). Second fastest in Q2, Muru qualified on the second row of the grid for the final in the single-make category for factory-built Renault Clio RS RXs before producing one of the overtaking manoeuvres of the event, running side-by-side with round one winner Jimi Kalliomäki (#95) for three-quarters of a lap mid-race to claim the final rostrum spot.
 
Second, fourth and then third in qualifying, then fourth in the final for Kalliomäki maintained his third spot overall in the standings, but he was run close to the finish by Isak Reiersen (#70). The young Swede delivered his most accomplished performance to date and was fastest of all in Q2. Second in the Intermediate Classification, Reiersen battled through semi-final two after a difficult start and joker lap to finish fifth in the final.
 
Finn Jussi-Petteri Leppihalme (#9) deputised for Russian Marat Knyazev (#96), who had travel complications getting to the event. Making his first start in RX Academy of the year, Leppihalme retired from sixth in the final on lap three with a front right puncture.
 
Australian Troy Dowel (#87) set a best time of third in Q2 and pressured Leppihalme hard for track position in semi-final one after clipping a bank in the joker lap section, but just missed out on a place in the final. New Zealander Sloan Cox (#21) made a poor start in semi-final two and dived straight into the joker at the first opportunity. He crossed the finish line at the conclusion of the fifth lap just behind Reiersen.
 
Before the race weekend at Jalasjarvi, the RX Academy drivers took part in a compulsory mid-season test and training day, with a focus on physical training and reactions.
 
Jalasjarvi Winner: Sami-Matti Trogen (FIN)
 
“It was a really good day for me, I’m very satisfied with the result. It’s been a very tight day with very tough racing. I was pushing hard in the final to try and build a gap to the other drivers. It’s really good to be leading the championship now, but of course I will aim to win every race. It will be good to drive in Kouvola next, I have been there a couple of time in crosskart, it’s a really nice track.”
 
Jalasjarvi Second: Oskar Leitgeber (POL)

“It was a bit hard to come from the back row of the semi-final to second, but I did it. The hardest thing in the final was the start for me, I lost some time there that didn’t make it so easy. Being disqualified from Q2 and then getting back into it with first place in Q3 was tough and then to win the semi-final was really good. In the next races I need to try to be in front of Sami-Matti and push hard every time.”
 
Jalasjarvi Third: Marko Muru (EST)
 
“I’m very happy to be third, it was a very close fight in the middle of the race but in the end I managed to increase the gap and be third. The fight with Jimi was hard because it was so close and we had some contact but in the end I managed to get ahead. I will try to get a higher result next time.”
 
RX Academy Director: Sami Puumalainen
 
“To have had eight different winners from the eight RX Academy rallycross rounds we have run since the concept was launched for 2017 is not only pretty amazing, but just shows that the drivers are operating on such an equal level. Sami-Matti finished second on his RX Academy debut and has been runner-up four times. It was his time this weekend and his drive in the final was the icing on the cake for him. The pre-event test went really well, and the drivers all enjoyed the training day. The racing in Jalasjarvi was mostly fair and we’re looking forward to being straight back to action in just two weeks at Kouvola, one of the best circuits on the calendar.”

Jalasjarvi Semi-Final 1
1 Sami-Matti Trogen (FIN)
2 Jimi Kalliomäki (FIN)
3 Jussi-Petteri Leppihalme (FIN)
4 Troy Dowel (AUS)

Jalasjarvi Semi-Final 2
1 Oskar Leitgeber (POL)
2 Marko Muru (EST)
3 Isak Reiersen (SWE)
4 Sloan Cox (NZ)

Result of R3, Jalasjarvi, Final
1 Sami-Matti Trogen (FIN)
2 Oskar Leitgeber (POL)
3 Marko Muru (EST)
4 Jimi Kalliomäki (FIN)
5 Isak Reiersen (SWE)
6 Jussi-Petteri Leppihalme (FIN)

Championship Standings:
1 Sami-Matti Trogen (FIN) 76
2 Oskar Leitgeber (POL) 72
3 Jimi Kalliomäki (FIN) 67
4 Marko Muru (EST) 60
5 Isak Reiersen (SWE) 55
6 Sloan Cox (NZ) 49
7 Troy Dowel (AUS) 46
8 Marat Knyazev (RUS) 37
9 Jussi-Petteri Leppihalme (FIN) 15













About RX Academy:
 
RX Academy is a concept created to give aspiring rallycross drivers a professional environment in which to compete, as the first step to becoming future World Champions.

The winner of 2018 RX Academy will secure a fully-funded drive in the 2019 FIA European Rallycross Championship for Super1600, or a seat in the five European based rounds of the RX2 International Series.

For further information and the full calendar, visit the RX Academy Website and at the Social Media links below.

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Strong weekend for SET Promotion in Canada


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Strong weekend for SET Promotion in Canada

The first long-haul event of the season took SET Promotion to Trois-Rivieres in Canada for the seventh round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship and round five of the RX2 International Series (August 4 – 5).
 
The Finnish team’s RX2 drivers, Simon Syversen, Jami Kalliomaki and Sami-Matti Trogen, progressively improved throughout the qualifying stages in the highly-competitive single-make category, Syversen setting a best time of sixth in Q2 on the historic street-based circuit. RX Academy graduate Jami Kalliomaki was sixth in the fourth and final qualifying session, while Trogen was second fastest, all three of the SET Supercar Lites machines making it through to the semi-finals. Trogen then progressed into to the final.
 
But, while battling for position in the opening corners of the final, Trogen was forced into the wall on the inside of turn two, dropping him out of contention. He recovered to finish fifth.
 
World RX:
 
The SET Promotion-operated GRX Taneco Team in World RX once again battled against the manufacturer teams. Niclas Gronholm was again regularly the best of the drivers competing for privately-run outfits through qualifying, with a best time of fourth in Q1. He comfortably made it into the semi-finals with a second-row grid position before battling with double World RX champion Petter Solberg for a place in the final, but was slowed by steering problems.
 
Triple FIA European Rallycross Champion Timur Timerzyanov didn’t have such a straight forward time in his qualifying races but dug deep to produce a solid performance in Q4 when it was really required to make it into the top-12 for a place on the grid for the semi-finals. He finished semi-final one two places behind Gronholm.
 
Sami-Matti Trogen (FIN) #22, RX2:
 
“I tried to overtake another car on the first lap of the final and hit the wall, but the pace was good, especially on Sunday. I was really fast in the semi-final, I had the fastest lap in RX2 and it was a really positive weekend overall. I liked the track, it was a really nice but it was in really bad condition in the end, really bumpy, but I enjoyed it. I’m looking forward to RX Academy next weekend at Jalasjarvi and fighting for the win there.”
 
Toomas Heikkinen, SET Promotion RX2 Crew Chief and spotter:
 
“In the beginning of the weekend we were a bit lost with trying to find the pace, but we managed to pick it up step-by-step and in Q4 we were good – all three drivers’ did top times which showed what we can do. We knew the setup we had was fast on the track and all the drivers improved a lot. It was good to have all three cars in the semi-final. We would be happy to see at least two cars in the final but we managed to get one there at least. Unfortunately, Sami-Matti had the contact in turn two. We had a lot of positives this weekend – all of the drivers need to take that with them as we fly back to Europe ready for the next RX2 race in Loheac.”
 
Niclas Gronholm (FIN) #68, World RX Supercar:
 
“It was a good weekend, with a reasonable time in all qualifiers. Thanks to the team, the car felt really good. I’m disappointed with my semi-final, I got off to a bad start and then had steering issues, so I wasn’t in the running for a place in the final. All the same, we’re building our confidence and I’m looking forward to the French round in a few weeks.
 
Next Up:
 
The eighth round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship at Loheac in France (September 1 – 2) will also include the FIA European Rallycross Championship for Supercar, the RX2 International Series and the FIA European Rallycross Championship for Super1600, where SET will run no less than eight cars.

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World RX, R7, Canada:
1 Johan Kristoffersson (SWE)
2 Timmy Hansen (SWE)
3 Sebastien Loeb (FRA)
4 Mattias Ekstrom (SWE)
5 Petter Solberg (NOR)
6 Janis Baumanis (LVA)

8 Niclas Gronholm (FIN)
11 Timur Timerzyanov (RUS)

World RX Points:
1 Johan Kristoffersson (SWE) 195
2 Sebastien Loeb (FRA) 140
3 Timmy Hansen (SWE) 140
4 Andreas Bakkerud (NOR) 139
5 Petter Solberg (NOR) 139
6 Mattias Ekstrom (SWE) 134

8 Niclas Gronholm (FIN) 86
10 Timur Timerzyanov (RUS) 55

RX2, R5, Canada:
1 Oliver Eriksson (SWE)
2 Guillaume De Ridder (BEL)
3 Cole Keatts (USA)
4 Vasily Gryazin (LVA)
5 Sami-Matti Trogen (FIN)
6 Conner Martell (USA)

10 Jami Kalliomaki (FIN)
12 Simon Syversen (NOR)

RX2 Points:
1 Oliver Eriksson (SWE) 125
2 Guillaume De Ridder (BEL) 114
3 Henrik Krogstad (NOR) 89
4 Vasily Gryazin (LVA) 85
5 Ben-Philip Gundersen (NOR) 83
6 Sondre Evjen (NOR) 71

8 Jami Kalliomaki (FIN) 59
10 Sami-Matti Trogen (FIN) 41
11 Simon Syversen (NOR) 31





About SET Promotion

 

SET Promotion is one of the most successful teams in the action-packed sport of rallycross, with eight FIA European Rallycross Championship titles to its name.

In 2018, SET Promotion is operating the RX Academy, as well as running cars in the FIA World Rallycross Championship, FIA European Rallycross Championship and RX2 International Series.

Run by brothers Jussi and Kalle Pinomäki, SET’s structure offers a unique internal ladder of opportunity for drivers starting out in the sport to the very top in the growing FIA World Rallycross Championship.

#PoweredBySET
 

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RX Academy information here.
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Strong weekend SET Promotion in Canada


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Strong weekend SET Promotion in Canada

The first long-haul event of the season took SET Promotion to Trois-Rivieres in Canada for the seventh round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship and round five of the RX2 International Series (August 4 – 5).
 
The Finnish team’s RX2 drivers, Simon Syversen, Jami Kalliomaki and Sami-Matti Trogen, progressively improved throughout the qualifying stages in the highly-competitive single-make category, Syversen setting a best time of sixth in Q2 on the historic street-based circuit. RX Academy graduate Jami Kalliomaki was sixth in the fourth and final qualifying session, while Trogen was second fastest, all three of the SET Supercar Lites machines making it through to the semi-finals. Trogen then progressed into to the final.
 
But, while battling for position in the opening corners of the final, Trogen was forced into the wall on the inside of turn two, dropping him out of contention. He recovered to finish fifth.
 
World RX:
 
The SET Promotion-operated GRX Taneco Team in World RX once again battled against the manufacturer teams. Niclas Gronholm was again regularly the best of the drivers competing for privately-run outfits through qualifying, with a best time of fourth in Q1. He comfortably made it into the semi-finals with a second-row grid position before battling with double World RX champion Petter Solberg for a place in the final, but was slowed by steering problems.
 
Triple FIA European Rallycross Champion Timur Timerzyanov didn’t have such a straight forward time in his qualifying races but dug deep to produce a solid performance in Q4 when it was really required to make it into the top-12 for a place on the grid for the semi-finals. He finished semi-final one two places behind Gronholm.
 
Sami-Matti Trogen (FIN) #22, RX2:
 
“I tried to overtake another car on the first lap of the final and hit the wall, but the pace was good, especially on Sunday. I was really fast in the semi-final, I had the fastest lap in RX2 and it was a really positive weekend overall. I liked the track, it was a really nice but it was in really bad condition in the end, really bumpy, but I enjoyed it. I’m looking forward to RX Academy next weekend at Jalasjarvi and fighting for the win there.”
 
Toomas Heikkinen, SET Promotion RX2 Crew Chief and spotter:
 
“In the beginning of the weekend we were a bit lost with trying to find the pace, but we managed to pick it up step-by-step and in Q4 we were good – all three drivers’ did top times which showed what we can do. We knew the setup we had was fast on the track and all the drivers improved a lot. It was good to have all three cars in the semi-final. We would be happy to see at least two cars in the final but we managed to get one there at least. Unfortunately, Sami-Matti had the contact in turn two. We had a lot of positives this weekend – all of the drivers need to take that with them as we fly back to Europe ready for the next RX2 race in Loheac.”
 
Niclas Gronholm (FIN) #68, World RX Supercar:
 
“It was a good weekend, with a reasonable time in all qualifiers. Thanks to the team, the car felt really good. I’m disappointed with my semi-final, I got off to a bad start and then had steering issues, so I wasn’t in the running for a place in the final. All the same, we’re building our confidence and I’m looking forward to the French round in a few weeks.
 
Next Up:
 
The eighth round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship at Loheac in France (September 1 – 2) will also include the FIA European Rallycross Championship for Supercar, the RX2 International Series and the FIA European Rallycross Championship for Super1600, where SET will run no less than eight cars.

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World RX, R7, Canada:
1 Johan Kristoffersson (SWE)
2 Timmy Hansen (SWE)
3 Sebastien Loeb (FRA)
4 Mattias Ekstrom (SWE)
5 Petter Solberg (NOR)
6 Janis Baumanis (LVA)

8 Niclas Gronholm (FIN)
11 Timur Timerzyanov (RUS)

World RX Points:
1 Johan Kristoffersson (SWE) 195
2 Sebastien Loeb (FRA) 140
3 Timmy Hansen (SWE) 140
4 Andreas Bakkerud (NOR) 139
5 Petter Solberg (NOR) 139
6 Mattias Ekstrom (SWE) 134

8 Niclas Gronholm (FIN) 86
10 Timur Timerzyanov (RUS) 55

RX2, R5, Canada:
1 Oliver Eriksson (SWE)
2 Guillaume De Ridder (BEL)
3 Cole Keatts (USA)
4 Vasily Gryazin (LVA)
5 Sami-Matti Trogen (FIN)
6 Conner Martell (USA)

10 Jami Kalliomaki (FIN)
12 Simon Syversen (NOR)

RX2 Points:
1 Oliver Eriksson (SWE) 125
2 Guillaume De Ridder (BEL) 114
3 Henrik Krogstad (NOR) 89
4 Vasily Gryazin (LVA) 85
5 Ben-Philip Gundersen (NOR) 83
6 Sondre Evjen (NOR) 71

8 Jami Kalliomaki (FIN) 59
10 Sami-Matti Trogen (FIN) 41
11 Simon Syversen (NOR) 31





About SET Promotion

 

SET Promotion is one of the most successful teams in the action-packed sport of rallycross, with eight FIA European Rallycross Championship titles to its name.

In 2018, SET Promotion is operating the RX Academy, as well as running cars in the FIA World Rallycross Championship, FIA European Rallycross Championship and RX2 International Series.

Run by brothers Jussi and Kalle Pinomäki, SET’s structure offers a unique internal ladder of opportunity for drivers starting out in the sport to the very top in the growing FIA World Rallycross Championship.

#PoweredBySET
 

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Nitiss and SET Promotion extend Euro RX lead with Swedish victory


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Nitiss and SET Promotion extend Euro RX lead with Swedish victory

Latvian star Reinis Nitiss extended his lead in the FIA European Rallycross Championship to 30 points with victory in the ‘Magic Weekend’ at Holjes in Sweden (July 1).
 
Nitiss was only fastest once in the four qualifiers through Saturday and Sunday, as the SET Promotion team worked on the setup of the M-Sport Ford Fiesta RX Supercar, but a pair of second fastest times in Q2 and Q4 put the points leader to the top of the Intermediate Classification ahead of the semi-finals.
 
Former World RX race-winner Nitiss won semi-final one to start on pole position for the final, from where he led even after taking his joker until the end of the fifth lap, when he was pushed wide by Peugeot driver Cyril Raymond. Finishing second in the race, soon after the final Nitiss was elevated to the top of the podium when Raymond was given a five-second penalty for the lap five incident, former Euro RX Super1600 Rallycross Champion Nitiss therefore claiming the maximum 30 points available from the event.
 
Just two rounds remain of the 2018 Euro RX Supercar season, in Loheac (France) and Riga (Latvia) in September.
 
RX2:
 
In the biggest-ever entry for the RX2 International Series, SET Promotion’s trio of drivers hit poor fortune in the very first race of the weekend, Jami Kalliomaki and Simon Syversen suffering from punctures while Sami-Matti Trogen was slowed by a broken driveshaft.
 
Kalliomaki fought back with fourth and sixth times in Q2 and Q4, but unfortunately picked up another puncture in his semi-final while set to make it into the final. Trogen set a best time of seventh (in Q3) but spent the rest of the weekend battling in traffic, while Syversen endured a torrid weekend, compounded by rolling his car in Q3, but he did make it back out for Q4 thanks to the hard work of the SET technicians.
 
World RX:
 
Both GRX Taneco Team drivers Timur Timerzyanov and Niclas Gronholm qualified for the semi-finals in the Set Promotion-operated FIA World Rallycross Championship squad, once again proving the pace of the Hyundai i20 Supercar in a highly-competitive field. Gronholm was hampered in Q1 and Q2 by punctures but climbed back into the semi-finals with a strong performance on Sunday, before picking up another puncture in the semi.
 
Triple-European Rallycross Champion Timur Timerzyanov really showed what he is capable of with seventh, sixth, sixth and fifth in qualifying and was set to progress into the final until he also picked up a puncture.
 
Reinis Nitiss (LVA) #15, Euro RX Supercar:
 
“Champagne is tasty, especially on the podium, but the weekend was really hard. The whole SET Promotion team and myself fought hard to get the biggest trophy. It wasn’t easy on Friday or Saturday but today we were on pace and we were confident that everything will work and we saved the tyres for the semi and final and we managed to take the perfect start. I was leading for four and a half laps in the final but Cyril really hit me hard in the last corner. At that moment I thought ‘you don’t know how to lose’, but after the decision of the Stewards he brought the trophy back to me and said sorry – that’s quite nice and respectable. We are really happy, but can’t lift our hands until the end. We lifted them for a short moment today but now they are down and we are working again to fight for the rest. We have some gap now in the points and we will try to lift our hands completely in Latvia.”
 
Joni Wiman, SET Promotion Euro RX Supercar Crew Chief and spotter:
 
“We struggled for two days to get the car perfect for Reinis. From the morning warm-up on Sunday he was more comfortable and I definitely think you could see that in the results – he was driving really well. We had to respond to Cyril taking his joker in the final, we should have had a good gap but it was a really close one after Reinis made a mistake in the joker but we won that fight then what happened in the last turn happened, but I’m really happy that the Stewards made the right decision. That’s how it should be. We are in a strong position going into France and Latvia, we don’t want to risk anything in the next two races. We’ll make sure the car is in the perfect condition and working well and help to make sure Reinis doesn’t do anything silly. It’s been a good weekend.”
 
Jami Kalliomaki (FIN) #65, RX2:
 
“I had pretty bad heats. I was leading in Q1 but got a puncture, and that really messed up the weekend. The second heat was okay, in Q3 I got a puncture again and in Q4 I got stuck in traffic. It was enough for a place in the semi-finals, and when the semis started I made a very good start and was third but in the corner before the jump the tyre broke again, so that was the third puncture of the weekend. I wasn’t able to fight for the places anymore. It’s good to know we have the speed, but it was a difficult weekend.”
 
Next Up:
 
The next round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship and RX2 International Series will take place at Trois-Rivieres in Canada (August 3 – 5), while the next round for the FIA European Rallycross Championship for Supercar will be at Loheac in France (August 31 – September 2), where the FIA European Rallycross Championship for Super1600 will also take part.

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Euro RX Supercar, R3, Sweden:
1 Reinis Nitiss (LVA)
2 Thomas Bryntesson (NOR)
3 Lukas Walfridson (SWE)
4 Cyril Raymond (FRA)
5 Rene Munnich (GER)
6 Peter Hedstrom (SWE)

Euro RX Supercar Points:
1 Reinis Nitiss (LVA) 86
2 Anton Marklund (SWE) 56
3 Cyril Raymond (FRA) 50
4 Peter Hedstrom (SWE) 46
5 Ulrik Linnemann (DK) 41
6 Lukas Walfridson (SWE) 40

RX2, R4, Sweden:
1 Guillaume De Ridder (BEL)
2 Henrik Krogstad (NOR)
3 Simon Olofsson (SWE)
4 Oliver Eriksson (SWE)
5 Ben-Philip Gundersen (NOR)
6 Christian Brooks (USA)

11 Jami Kalliomaki (FIN)
15 Sami-Mati Trogen (FIN)
24 Simon Syversen (NOR)

RX2 Points:
1 Oliver Eriksson (SWE) 95
2 Guillaume De Ridder (BEL) 89
3 Henrik Krogstad (NOR) 76
4 Ben-Philip Gundersen (NOR) 69
5 Vasily Gryazin (LVA) 65
6 Sondre Evjen (NOR) 64

8 Jami Kalliomaki (FIN) 49
13 Simon Syversen (NOR) 24
14 Sami-Matti Trogen (FIN) 23





About SET Promotion

 

SET Promotion is one of the most successful teams in the action-packed sport of rallycross, with eight FIA European Rallycross Championship titles to its name.

In 2018, SET Promotion is operating the RX Academy, as well as running cars in the FIA World Rallycross Championship, FIA European Rallycross Championship and RX2 International Series.

Run by brothers Jussi and Kalle Pinomäki, SET’s structure offers a unique internal ladder of opportunity for drivers starting out in the sport to the very top in the growing FIA World Rallycross Championship.

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SET Promotion information here.
RX Academy information here.
World RX / Euro RX information here.

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