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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.

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RX Academy 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.

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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.

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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.

#PoweredBySET
 

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Leitgeber scores first RX Academy victory at Honkajoki to take points lead


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Leitgeber scores first RX Academy victory at Honkajoki to take points lead

Polish driver Oskar Leitgeber (#3) claimed his first ever motorsport victory in round two of RX Academy 2018 at Honkajoki to take the points lead [June 16].
 
Racing in only his second rallycross event, Leitgeber dominated at the Finnish circuit, fastest in all three qualifying sessions before leading both semi-final one and the final from start to finish to score victory.
 
Leitgeber was chased throughout the day by Finnish driver Sami-Matti Trogen (#22) in the single-make category for factory-built Renault Clio RS RXs. The RX Academy on Ice race-winner was second in each of the three qualifiers and won semi-final two from pole position to earn a front row grid position for the final.
 
Trogen ran side-by-side with Leitgeber into the first corner of the final but could find no way by. As the joker lap strategies played out, it was Leitgeber who held the advantage. Finishing just behind the winner, Trogen’s second consecutive podium finish moved him into second in the standings, just six points off the lead.
 
Estonian Marko Muru (#27) qualified on the second row of the grid for the final and took a lap one joker, removing himself from the racing pack. He made up ground as the other drivers also took their jokers and passed Russian Marat Knyazev (#96) on lap four to score his maiden RX Academy podium, in third.
 
Knyazev meanwhile ran third in the final until taking his fourth lap joker and scored his best result of the season in fourth, making it four nationalities in the top four. The former junior rallycross racer set a best qualifying time of third in Q2.
 
Entering the second round leading the standings, round one winner Jimi Kalliomäki (#95) improved throughout the day at Honkajoki. Seventh fastest in Q1 and Q2, the Finnish driver was fourth in Q4 and made it into the final with third in semi-final two. He passed Swede Isak Reiersen (#70) for track position on the first lap of the final and finished fifth.
 
Reiersen was twice fourth fastest in the first two sessions and qualified fifth in the Intermediate Classification. Making his first RX Academy final, the experienced crosskart racer battled hard with Kalliomäki for fifth and impressed with his flamboyant driving style on the loose surfaces.
 
Troy Dowel (#87) and Sloan Cox (#21) just missed out on a place in the final, finishing fourth in the two semi-finals. Australian Dowel won his qualifying race in Q3 to be third quickest, overtaking Kalliomäki and Cox in the final corners, and had a close race to the finish of semi-final one with Reiersen. Cox was fifth quickest in Q2 and continued his learning in only his second ever event in Europe. The New Zealander finished just behind Kalliomäki in semi-final two.
 
Honkajoki Winner: Oskar Leitgeber (POL)

“It was an amazing weekend. I just did everything I could and that was my first win ever, so there’s a lot of reasons to be happy. I was keeping an eye on Sami-Matti behind, but I able to stay focused. Driving on the gravel this weekend was a very good experience for me, it was very grippy gravel and a very fast track so I didn’t have many problems at all and was able to get the win. It’s amazing.”
 
Honkajoki Second: Sami-Matti Trogen (FIN)
 
“I’m quite happy, I didn’t manage to win but it’s a good result for me. I tried going around the outside of Oskar at the first corner, but I touched his car and after that my steering was a bit broken. I was struggling for the first two laps, then I started to catch him. I have been consistent this season but I want to win at the next round.”
 
Honkajoki Third: Marko Muru (EST)
 
“It was a very good decision take the joker on the first lap of the final, the cars at the front were fighting and lost time so when they took the joker I was able to get ahead of them. I felt that I was really fast and was catching the guys in front, it felt really good. I’m feeling more and more comfortable in the car and get a better and better feeling.”
 
Head of RX Academy: Jussi Pinomäki
 
“I have to say I was really impressed by Oskar today. He improved so much from Free Practice on Friday evening, took the start in Q1 with no warm-up and didn’t make any mistakes that would have dropped him a position. It was really mature drive and he really deserved to win. I’m really proud of him. Oskar’s win shows that all of these guys have the chance to do the same, they are all learning from each other and they are all doing really well. The cars are in great shape after the race, which shows how much the drivers respected each other on track, even if the racing was really good and hard. I’m very pleased with that. We’ve had another great week with the test, the training day at Eerikkilä and the race. We’re looking forward to more of the same in August for round three where we will continue helping these young drivers to develop their skills.”

Honkajoki Semi-Final 1
1 Oskar Leitgeber (POL)
2 Marat Knyazev (RUS)
3 Isak Reiersen (SWE)
4 Troy Dowel (AUS)

Honkajoki Semi-Final 2
1 Sami-Matti Trogen (FIN)
2 Marko Muru (EST)
3 Jimi Kalliomäki (FIN)
4 Sloan Cox (NZ)

Result of R2, Honkajoki, Final
1 Oskar Leitgeber (POL)
2 Sami-Matti Trogen (FIN)
3 Marko Muru (EST)
4 Marat Knyazev (RUS)
5 Jimi Kalliomäki (FIN)
6 Isak Reiersen (SWE)

Championship Standings:
1 Oskar Leitgeber (POL) 52
2 Sami-Matti Trogen (FIN) 46
3 Jimi Kalliomäki (FIN) 45
4 Marko Muru (EST) 38
5 Marat Knyazev (RUS) 37
6 Sloan Cox (NZ) 35
7 Isak Reiersen (SWE) 34
8 Troy Dowel (AUS) 31











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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RX Academy Champion Kallio claims first Euro RX victory with SET Promotion


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RX Academy Champion Kallio claims first Euro RX victory with SET Promotion

Reigning RX Academy Champion Jesse Kallio stormed to a maiden victory in the FIA European Rallycross Championship at Hell in Norway (June 10), racing a Set Promotion Renault Twingo as his prize drive for 2018.
 
Kallio was second fastest in Q2, Q3, and Q4 to be second at the Intermediate Classification and won semi-final two to secure a front row start for the all-important final.
 
The Finn dived straight into the joker on lap one of the final and took the lead on lap six when the remaining drivers took their joker, to claim his first ever Euro RX win and take a near perfect points haul.
 
Having been one of five different winners in the 2017 RX Academy season, Kallio’s success proves both the level of talent competing in the single-make series, and the capability of the Set Promotion Super1600 Renault Twingo in European Rallycross.
 
Kallio’s Super1600 team mate Timur Timerzyanov suffered engine problems in Q1 on Friday and was unable to make up enough ground to challenge for a place in the semi-finals.
 
RX2:
 
The third round of the RX2 International Series took place in Norway, where home driver Simon Syversen was consistently inside the semi-final qualifying positions in the Intermediate Classification but a slow start in semi-final one meant he missed a place in the final and was classified seventh.

Jami Kalliomaki missed the joker lap in Q1 but fought back with third quickest time in Q2. He also just missed out on a place in the final by finishing fourth in semi-final two, the same position held by Sami-Matti Trogen in semi-final one, racing in only his second RX2 event having joined the series for the first time in the UK two weeks earlier, he set a best time of fourth fastest in Q4.
 
World RX:
 
At the fifth round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship, the SET Promotion-operated GRX Taneco team was the best of the team’s competing in the series behind the manufacturer-backed squads, where Niclas Gronhom and Timur Timerayznov yet again impressed with the performance of the GRX Hyundai i20 Supercar. Fourth fastest in Q4, Gronholm finished fourth in semi-final two and just missed a place in the final.
 
Three-time European Rallycross Champion Timerzyanov also had a strong event and was fourth fastest in Q1. He would have joined Gronholm in the fight for a place in the final but for a technical problem before the start of Q4.
 
Jesse Kallio (FIN) #74, Euro RX Super1600:
 
“Finally I had a good event with good times in the qualifying races. We had no problems at all with the car and my driving was also really good with no mistakes. We decided before the final to take the joker on the first lap, we had a good chance to be first there and it worked, but I really didn’t know how close I would be to the front guys when they took the joker. I saw them coming at the exit, I just held the inside as much as I could to make sure I kept the position. There’s a lot of good drivers and fast cars, so to have my first podium as a win is an amazing feeling.”
 
Toomas Heikkinen, SET Promotion Super1600 Team Manager:
 
“I think I was more nervous today than when I am normally driving myself, I almost had a heart attack when I saw we had a chance to win the final! Jesse did a really great job and the team gave him the car he needed. Jesse handled the pressure well, this was the first time he has been in the position to win and it was really good for him to do it, and now he knows he can beat the quickest guys in Super1600. RX Academy has helped him to learn how to fight hard and fair and to win some races already. It’s a good day.”
 
Miki Weckstrom, SET Promotion RX2 Team Manager:
 
“The three of our guys in RX2 had an up and down weekend to be honest. They all had good heat results, but all of them also had some not so good sessions too. They all had the speed to fight for a place in the final and for a place on the podium, but we just need to help all of them find more consistency and to cut the mistakes out a bit. We know we have the potential, we’re working hard to see that in the results too.”
 
Next Up:
 
The next round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship, FIA European Rallycross Championship for Supercar and RX2 International Series will take place at Holjes in Sweden in three weeks’ time (June 29 – Jul 1), but SET will be back in action next weekend (June 16), with the second round of RX Academy at Honkajoki in Finland.

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Euro RX Super1600, R3, Norway:
1 Jesse Kallio (FIN)
2 Aydar Nuriev (RUS)
3 Rokas Baciuska (LTU)
4 Artis Baumanis (LAT)
5 Gergely Marton (HUN)
6 Janno Ligur (EST)

24 Timur Shigabutdinov (RUS)

Euro RX Super1600 Points:
1 Artis Baumanis (LAT) 65
2 Rokas Baciuska (LTU) 63
3 Aydar Nuriev (RUS) 52
4 Jimmy Terpereau (FRA) 47
5 Espen Isaksaetre (NOR) 44
6 Janno Ligur (EST) 44

8 Jesse Kallio (FIN) 42
17 Timur Shigabutdinov (RUS) 5

RX2, R3, Norway:
1 Guillaume De Ridder (BEL)
2 Oliver Eriksson (SWE)
3 Henrik Krogstad (NOR)
4 Sondre Evjen (NOR)
5 Vasiliy Gryazin (LVA)
6 William Nilsson (SWE)

7 Simon Syversen (NOR)
9 Sami-Matti Trogen (FIN)
10 Jami Kalliomaki (FIN)

RX2 Points:
1 Oliver Eriksson (SWE) 73
2 Sondre Evjen (NOR) 64
3 Vasiliy Gryazin (LVA) 44
4 Gullaume De Ridder (BEL) 59
5 Henrik Krogstad (NOR) 57
6 Ben-Philip Gundersen (NOR) 37

7 Jami Kalliomaki (FIN) 42
12 Simon Syversen (NOR) 24
13 Sami-Matti Trogen (FIN) 21







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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Gronholm fifth in World RX at Silverstone with Hyundai i20 Supercar


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Gronholm fifth in World RX at Silverstone with Hyundai i20 Supercar

Finnish driver Niclas Gronholm finished fifth in the fourth round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship at Silverstone in the UK, as the SET Promotion operated GRX Taneco Team’s Hyundai i20 Supercars maintained a 100% semi-final qualifying record in their maiden season.
 
Gronholm was twice sixth quickest and never outside the top eight in the four qualifying races at Silverstone’s new rallycross circuit, competing against factory backed teams on a circuit where every other driver had tested pre-season apart from GRX drivers Gronholm and triple-FIA European Rallycross Champion Timur Timerzyanov.
 
Both made it through to the semi-finals, where a good start for Gronholm put him in the perfect position to capitalise when factory Peugeot driver Timmy Hansen went out with a mechanical problem. The Finn then secured his second final start of the year and finished the race fifth, just one place behind his fourth position from round one.
 
Timerzyanov finished the semi-final race just behind his team mate, in fifth, and just missed a place in the final.
 
RX2:
 
The second round of the RX2 International Series took place at Silverstone, where SET welcomed RX Academy graduate Sami-Matti Trogen into a three-car line up.
 
The team’s young Finnish drivers, Trogen and Jami Kalliomaki both impressed against far more experienced rivals in the single-make, four-wheel drive World RX support category, Trogen setting a best time of third overall in Q2, while Kalliomaki was second in Q4. Both made it into the semi-finals in the competitive field, but Trogen was twice hit by another car and lost time, meaning he didn’t make the final, while Kalliomaki got delayed in traffic and also just lost out a place in the final.
 
Former RX Lites podium finisher Simon Syversen had an event battling traffic in each qualifying race and ended up 13th, just missing a place in the semi-finals by one position.
 
Niclas Gronholm (FIN) #68, World RX Supercar:
 
“I was lucky in the semi-final, I grabbed third place when Timmy [Hansen] had a problem and made it into the final. There I gave it my all. I was closing in on Sebastien Loeb but it just wasn’t enough this time. I made a few mistakes in the last lap so missed out on a podium place. But, it was a really good weekend for us and making it to the final for the second time shows how far we have come. That said, I know we still have a lot of work to do with the car.” 
 
Jami Kalliomaki (FIN) #65, RX2:
 
“I was in a bad place on the inside for the first corner in the semi-final and was third out of the corner, but one guy went around me on the outside, then when I was behind him it looked like he would go on the normal track but he went for the joker and I was already going there also, so I had to switch back to the normal track and lost time. I didn’t quite manage to get the time back and I was just behind a place in the final at the finish. To make the final you really need a weekend like I had in Belgium, with no mistakes. I’m really looking forward to the next races in Norway and Sweden, at amazing rallycross tracks.”
 
Sami-Matti Trogen (FIN) #22, RX2:
 
“I’m quite happy but a bit disappointed because I saw that I have the speed to get into the final but I got hit and that cost me the chance, so that’s a bit of a shame. The competition is really, really high in RX2, the times are really close so it’s not easy. I’m pleased to be racing against the more experienced drivers because I have so little testing, and it is my first race. I think Saturday here especially was a really good day for me.”
 
Jussi Pinomaki, SET Promotion Team Principal and GRX Team Manager:
 
“Silverstone went really well overall for SET and GRX in World RX. I’m really pleased and pretty proud of what the team has achieved this weekend. We’re heading in the right direction and getting better with every race. Niclas has come away with a great result after a couple of tricky rounds in Portugal and Belgium. He drove well in the final, with a great peak speed. Timur didn’t quite get into the pace here at Silverstone but I think it’s only a matter of time. He’ll soon find his feet and get the result he deserves. In RX2, Jami and Sami-Matti again impressed us all and Simon was unlucky not to be in the semi-finals. I think we can expect to be on the podium sooner rather than later.”
 
Next Up:
 
The next round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship and RX2 International Series will take place at Hell in Norway in two weeks’ time (June 8-10), an event that will also include the third round of the FIA European Rallycross Championship for Super1600.

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World RX Supercar, R4, GB:
1 Johan Kristoffersson (SWE)
2 Andreas Bakkerud (NOR)
3 Sebastien Loeb (FRA)
4 Mattias Ekstrom (SWE)
5 Niclas Gronholm (FIN)
6 Kevin Hansen (SWE)

12 Timur Timerzyanov (RUS)

World RX Supercar Points:
1 Johan Kristoffersson (SWE) 105
2 Sebastien Loeb (FRA) 91
3 Andreas Bakkerud (NOR) 83
4 Petter Solberg (NOR) 80
5 Mattias Ekstrom (SWE) 80
6 Timmy Hansen (SWE) 71

7 Niclas Gronholm (FIN) 52
10 Timur Timerzyanov (RUS) 34

RX2, R2, GB:
1 Oliver Eriksson (SWE)
2 Conner Martell (USA)
3 Sondre Evjen (NOR)
4 Anders Michalak (NOR)
5 Glenn Haug (NOR)
6 Vasiliy Gryazin (LVA)

9 Jami Kalliomaki (FIN)
11 Sami-Matti Trogen (FIN)
13 Simon Syversen (NOR)

RX2 Points:
1 Oliver Eriksson 46
2 Vasiliy Gryazin (LVA) 44
3 Sondre Evjen (NOR) 42
4 Ben-Philip Gundersen (NOR) 37
5 Henrik Krogstad (NOR) 34
6 Jami Kalliomäki (FIN) 32

12 Simon Syversen (NOR) 13
13 Sami-Matti Trogen (FIN) 10



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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