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Hallman and Muru claim RX Academy spoils at world-famous Holjes

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Hallman and Muru claim RX Academy spoils at world-famous Holjes

Tommi Hallman (#87) and Marko Muru (#27) claimed a victory apiece in the opening two rounds of RX Academy 2019, held at the world-famous Holjes rallycross circuit in Sweden (May 18 – 19).
 
The third RX Academy campaign began as part of a double-header rallycross weekend, alongside RallyX Nordic, where competing in the identical factory-built, SET Promotion-run Renault Clio RS RX race cars, eight drivers battled for honours.
 
In round one on Saturday it was Rasmus Tuominen (#22) who set the fastest time in Q1, before Muru was quickest in Q2 and Hallman stopped the clocks first in Q3. Taking top position in the Intermediate Classification and pole for semi-final one, Hallman led the first knockout race from lights to flag to claim pole position for the final, where the Finn repeated his performance, took his joker late in the race and claimed victory on his rallycross debut.
 
Returnee RX Academy driver Jimi Kalliomaki (#95) won semi-final two and claimed second in the final, while Muru completed the podium. On their rallycross debuts, Jonne Ollikainen (#44) and Luka Nurmi (#66) finished fourth and fifth, while Tuominen crossed the finish line in second position but was given a five-second penalty for ‘pushing and overtaking’ during the race and was classified sixth.
 
The second day began in wet conditions from overnight rain, but it was again Tuominen who made the best start to the day with the fastest time in Q1. Having been seventh in Q1, Muru made a good start in his Q2 race from third on the grid to claim victory, and set the fastest time. The Estonian driver then remained at the top of the order for the remainder of the event to claim his fourth RX Academy podium and with it a first career victory.
 
Tuominen took an early joker in the final and passed Kalliomaki when he too took his joker later in the race, while round one winner Hallman won his semi-final to start on the front row for the final, but made a slow start and raced for all five laps in the thick of the action, before finishing sixth. Nurmi showed strong pace throughout the race and was fourth, with Ollikainen fifth. Muru leads the points after round two, just four points ahead of Hallman.
 
In not only their first rallycross events but their first motorsport events away from the disciplines in which they have previous experience, Esports and ice racing respectably, Joni Heikkinen (#3) and Clementine Lhoste (#72) both improved their performances throughout the weekend and just missed out on a place in the two finals.
 
The third round of RX Academy takes place at Nysum in Denmark in just two weeks’ time (June 1 – 2), before which RX Academy TV will broadcast the action from rounds one and two. Keep an eye on the RX Academy social media channels for further details.
 
Holjes Round One Winner: Tommi Hallman (FIN)
 
“I’m very happy to have won the first round of the season. Of course it was a very difficult weekend because it was my first rallycross weekend ever, but I think I managed quite well to learn. The level of the drivers is really high and there were a lot of new things for me but I can use all of them to help me in the future. Overall it’s been a decent weekend, my pace was good and I’m already looking forward to the next race.”
 
Holjes Round Two Winner: Marko Muru (EST)

“It was really good to lead from Q2. I made no mistakes from there, had a clean drive and it’s a really good result to end the weekend. I always had someone really close behind so I couldn’t make any mistakes. The pace is so tight here that a small mistake can lose a lot of positions. It’s going to be a good season, I need to show consistent results at the other events from the next round in Denmark.”
 
Head of RX Academy: Jussi Pinomäki
 
“On Saturday Tommi was the driver who managed to do the least mistakes, then today it was Marko’s turn to step up and make the least mistakes of anybody. That’s what it takes to win when the competition is so strong. In the end, these cars and their setups are absolutely the same and the smallest things make the difference. That is why we work so hard with all of the drivers to improve the small details in every area of being a motorsport athlete. I think all of the drivers experienced the ups and downs of the sport over the two rounds this weekend, and that is how it should be, that is how they learn the most.
Everyone has a lot to take with them from this weekend and learn from, the double-header with lots of different track conditions was the prefect start to the year. Finally, seeing the spirit and respect between the drivers, both on and off track, feels really good. I really enjoyed the weekend and we’re all looking forward to the next round in Denmark.”

Result of R1, Holjes
1 Tommi Hallman (FIN)
2 Jimi Kalliomäki (FIN)
3 Marko Muru (EST)
4 Jonne Ollikainen (FIN)
5 Luka Nurmi (FIN)
6 Rasmus Tuominen (FIN)
7 Joni Heikkinen (FIN)
8 Clementine Lhoste (FRA)

Result of R2, Holjes
1 Marko Muru (EST)
2 Rasmus Tuominen (FIN)
3 Jimi Kalliomäki (FIN)
4 Luka Nurmi (FIN)
5 Jonne Ollikainen (FIN)
6 Tommi Hallman (FIN)
7 Joni Heikkinen (FIN)
8 Clementine Lhoste (FRA)

Championship Standings:
1 Marko Muru (EST) 54
2 Tommi Hallman (FIN) 50
3 Jimi Kalliomäki (FIN) 48
4 Rasmus Tuominen (FIN) 44
5 Jonne Ollikainen (FIN) 35
= Luka Nurmi (FIN) 35
7 Joni Heikkinen (FIN) 28
8 Clementine Lhoste (FRA) 24
 
 






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 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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SET claims first World Championship victory with GRX Taneco at Spa

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SET claims first World Championship victory with GRX Taneco at Spa

Finnish rallycross team SET Promotion claimed its maiden FIA World Rallycross Championship victory in the third round of the series at Spa in Belgium with the GRX Taneco team and Russian driver Timur Timerzyanov (May 12).
 
Racing on the new rallycross track at one of the world’s most famous circuits, the SET-operated GRX team finished with two cars at the podium, as Joni Wiman made an empathic return to rallycross by qualifying for the front row of the grid in the final and joined Timerzyanov on the podium, despite being pushed wide at the first corner and dropping to sixth place.
 
Timerzyanov meanwhile started on the second row but led after the first corner and controlled the race to claim his first ever World RX win.
 
Not only a fantastic result for both of the GRX drivers competing in the event, but special for the whole SET team, as Timerzyanov won a pair of FIA European Rallycross Super1600 Championship titles with the squad earlier in his career, and Wiman also raced in Euro RX Super1600 with the team before claiming the GRC Lites title in America with SET in 2013.
 
Racing within SET’s rallycross structure at Spa, in the second round of the RX2 International Series, reigning RX Academy Champion Sami-Matti Trogen battled through the weekend in traffic after being forced to start on the outside of the grid for most of the event, and racing a four-wheel drive car in wet conditions for the first time on Saturday. Making it into the final, Trogen made a strong start and battled for a place on the podium but suffered a puncture on the final lap. He did well to maintain position and finished fourth.
 
Timur Timerzyanov (RUS) #7, World RX:
 
“In the first corner of the final I saw both guys who were in front of me go wide so I took my chance to take the lead. The team were keeping me calm on the radio, I gave them a little scare with a small mistake in the joker lap and nothing was 100% until the finish line, but to cross the line and win felt unbelievable. I had forgotten this thrill of winning, but rallycross is my passion and this is why I kept fighting all throughout these years. This has always been our main goal – to win, and every one of us did an amazing job this weekend.”
 
Jussi Pinomaki, GRX and SET Promotion Team Manager:
 
“What we saw this weekend is something that we as a team have been working on for one and a half years. I am extremely proud of this group of very professional and passionate people. Step-by-step we have come to this point and now we see that it all has been worth it. I’m happy for Timur and also once again very impressed by Joni, at SET and as part of GRX we have worked with both drivers for a long time, we know how good they are and it’s fantastic to be part of this brilliant result for them. But, we have another race in just two weeks, so we have to stay focused and push to achieve more of the same.”
 
Sami-Matti Trogen (FIN) #22, RX2:
 
“This weekend went almost the same as Spain two weeks ago. On the first day it was tough, but the second day was much stronger. It was a good recovery from being stuck in traffic in Q1, but it’s really hard when you are always starting on the outside. The first corner here is quite tight with dirt on the outside, so it’s really hard to keep your position. The final was going well but the puncture was really bad luck. I needed to overtake the guy in front to get onto the podium, but that’s how it goes. The next race is in Silverstone, I’ve already raced there last year, it helps to know the track and we need to be on it from the start of the first day, that’s the main thing for us.”
 
Kalle Pinomaki, SET Promotion RX2 Crew Chief and spotter:
 
“The weekend was overall good and the result in the end was really good, but the starting positions on the outside weren’t so easy. It was the first time for Sami-Matti in this car racing in the wet, so we were learning on Saturday and he improved all the time. I’m really impressed with Sami-Matti’s performance this weekend and in the final he was really pushing to be on the podium. It’s a shame he got the puncture but these things happen. Now for the next race at Silverstone we need to make things better to be ready for the big fight from Q1.”
 
Next up:
 
The next round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship and RX2 International Series will take place at Silverstone in the UK (May 24 – 26) but first SET heads to Holjes in Sweden for the first two rounds of RX Academy next weekend (17 – 19).

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 nine FIA European Rallycross Championship titles to its name.

In 2019, SET Promotion is operating the RX Academy, as well as running cars in the FIA World 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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Trogen delivers comeback drive to take fourth in Barcelona

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Trogen delivers comeback drive to take fourth in Barcelona

Reigning RX Academy Champion Sami-Matti Trogen delivered a solid comeback performance in the opening round of the RX2 International Series, the official support category to the FIA World Rallycross Championship, in Barcelona (April 28).
 
Competing at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Trogen was fourth fastest in Free Practice on Saturday morning, but then clipped a tyre wall in Q1 and rolled the SET Promotion-run RX2 machine.
 
Thanks to the hard work of the SET mechanics, Trogen made it to the start line of Q2 and even with the car not at 100%, the 16-year old started his fight back with sixth fastest time. The car was fully-fixed on Saturday evening in time for Q3, where Trogen again delivered on his potential with second overall time, and completed qualifying fifth overall.
 
Battling through the semi-finals, Trogen made it into the all-important final where despite running sixth on lap one, he used superior pace to overtake two drivers and finish fourth, completing his comeback performance in the competitive single-make series, only just missing out on a podium finish.
 
Sami-Matti Trogen (FIN) #22, RX2:
 
“The weekend was a pretty good recovery after the roll in Q1. The guys did a great job to fix the car for Q2, but it was not perfect so they had to work hard on Saturday evening to make it back to how it was at the start of the weekend. I was pleased to get back to fifth after the heats, the semi-final was okay but I didn’t have the pace to beat some of the other cars.
The final was quite good. I had a bad starting position but we made some setup changes and had good pace. I was a bit too careful in the start so I dropped to last place on the first lap, but I caught the drivers in front and overtook two cars, so I’m quite happy and we are already looking forward to the next race in Belgium.”
 
Joni Wiman, SET Promotion RX2 Crew Chief and spotter:
 
“I think considering what happened in Q1, this was a good result. We changed the car a bit for the final – Sami-Matti liked it and the pace was really good. It’s a shame in some ways that we didn’t make that change earlier but now we know it for the next race. Sami-Matti was consistent all weekend, we’ve made a good base to continue from here.
Sami-Matti is developing as a driver, the main thing is that he’s learnt to give some quite exact feedback about the car, and has his own opinions. Last year we were making suggestions and he would go with that, now he’s taking more on himself. I think we can definitely expect to be on the podium in the coming races. Sami-Matti is really quick, in the final only Oliver Eriksson (winner) was faster, but we still have two or three tenths to find. We’ll keep working on that together.”
 
Also at Barcelona RX:
 
The SET Promotion-operated GRX Taneco Team in the FIA World Rallycross Championship continued it’s challenge with its Hyundai i20 Supercars in Spain. Russia’s Timur Timerzyanov finished third overall on the first day of competition and only just missed a place in the final after a close fight in the semi-finals, while round one runner-up Niclas Gronholm made it into the final and took an early joker, but got caught in the final and like Trogen in RX2, finished fourth. Gronholm remains second in the points.
 
Next up:
 
The next round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship and RX2 International Series will take place at Spa in Belgium (May 10-12).

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 nine FIA European Rallycross Championship titles to its name.

In 2019, SET Promotion is operating the RX Academy, as well as running cars in the FIA World 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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RX Academy launches online highlights package for 2019

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RX Academy launches online highlights package for 2019

  • RX Academy TV to broadcast bespoke highlights programme online after every round in 2019
  • Commentary from ‘The Voice of Rallycross’ Andrew Coley
  • Watch full race action and behind the scenes footage from every stage of the RX Academy concept

As RX Academy enters its third season, every single event will be broadcast online in 2019.

In the week following each of the six rounds, RX Academy TV will broadcast an exclusive highlights package, with behind-the-scenes interviews, highlights from qualifying and full, uninterrupted coverage of the semi-finals and finals.

Viewers will be able to join FIA World Rallycross Championship television commentator Andrew Coley and an expert co-commentator for insight and analysis as RX Academy joins RallyX Nordic to travel across Sweden, Denmark, Latvia and Finland this year.

The move is the next step in the growing RX Academy concept, first introduced for the 2017 season. Initiated to give aspiring World Champions of the future a professional platform to learn about all aspects of becoming a professional motorsport athlete, RX Academy not only aids young drivers in refining driving ability, using identical factory-built Renault Clio RS RXs, but gives tuition on mental and physical coaching, along with media and PR training.

“We have worked hard this winter to continue the growth of RX Academy, and we feel now is the right time to implement RX Academy TV. Making sure we have a solid base to work from is critical for us. That underpins everything we do and I’m very happy with the team we have in place to work on the production both behind the scenes, and with Andrew as lead commentator, who is now synomous with rallycross broadcasting both online and on television,” said head of RX Academy, Jussi Pinomäki. “It’s an important step to be able to showcase the drivers that are taking part in the programme, and to help give their partners and supporters exposure. We have some great characters involved and some fantastic racing on track in RX Academy. I can’t wait for people to be able to see that for themselves around the world.”

The first ever RX Academy Champion, Jesse Kallio, won FIA European Rallycross Championship events last season with his prize drive for winning RX Academy, and has now been signed by one of the biggest teams in the sport for 2019. Last year’s RX Academy Champion Sami-Matti Trogen will race the prize drive car this year, competing at seven rounds of the FIA World Rallycross Championship supporting RX2 International Series.

Download full details on everything you need to know about RX Academy 2019 by clicking the ‘concept info’ image below.


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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Strong performance for SET Promotion in South Africa finale

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Strong performance for SET Promotion in South Africa finale

Newly crowned RX Academy Champion Sami-Matti Trogen ended his maiden season in the RX2 International Series with his strongest performance to date at the final round in South Africa and only cruel luck kept the 16-year old off the podium (November 25).
 
Trogen was second fastest in Q1 at the Cape Town event on the Killarney International Raceway, while sixth and fifth times in Q2 and Q4 kept him in contention at the top of the Intermediate Classification, only poor fortune to causing a retirement in Q3.
 
Trogen finished third in the semi-finals to make it into the final and by the end of lap two he had climbed up to second position. But, while he appeared set for his second podium finish in as many races, the young driver was slowed by a puncture and he finished fifth.
 
Jami Kalliomaki also displayed strong pace in Cape Town, he was fourth in Q2 then second in Q4 and finished one place ahead of Trogen in the Intermediate Classification. While battling for a place in the final, Kalliomaki’s hopes were dashed by broken suspension in the final laps of the semi-final. South African driver Ashley Haigh-Smith joined SET Promotion for the season finale but without a pre-event test spent the weekend learning the Supercar Lites machine, and proved his progress by setting a best time of ninth in Q4.
 
World RX:
 
In the final round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship, the SET Promotion-operated GRX Taneco Team completed a 100% record of qualifying for the semi-finals at each of the 12 rounds in 2018 with its Hyundai i20 Supercars.
 
Three-time FIA European Rallycross Champion Timur Timerzyanov qualified inside the top ten in the Intermediate Classification, having spent the weekend battling against the factory-backed drivers in the series to make the semi-finals. Timerzyanov then set the best time of the non-works drivers in the semi-finals but just missed out on the final.
 
Finnish driver Niclas Gronholm spent his weekend battling in traffic after losing out in the first corner tussles and didn’t make the semis for the first time in 2018. He finished the year seventh overall, best of the non-factory drivers.
 
Sami-Matti Trogen (FIN) #22, RX2:
 
“It was a good weekend, my lap times were at the same level as the top drivers over the whole weekend. We had some misfortune in Q3 on Sunday and in the final, but I achieved what I was looking for, which was to qualify for the final. Now the season has come to and our focus turns to planning for 2019.”
 
Joni Wiman, SET Promotion RX2 Crew Chief:
 
“Sami-Matti has been really strong since France, but now he did a complete weekend without any mistakes. It feels really bad that he didn’t get the result he deserved but I think he has a really good platform to continue for next year. Jami was not quite there all the time but he really stepped it up on Sunday and made good times in both qualifiers, so I’m also really happy for him – he took a huge step forward this weekend and I hope he can keep it up this winter. Ashley had never driven the car before but I would say in Q4 he was already in the right direction. If he did another event he would make the semis for sure. The level is really high in RX2.’
 
Timur Timerzyanov (RUS) #7, World RX Supercar:
 
“I’m delighted to end the season on a high note. We managed to make it back up the standings after a tough first day and my ticket for the semis was a great reward. Of course, it would have been amazing to get through to the final but, starting from the back, it was too much of a challenge. It’s been a demanding year and each one of us has given their everything to make the season a success. I’d like to thank the whole team.
 
Jussi Pinomaki, SET Promotion:
 
“Sami-Matti did a really solid job this weekend and while he and the boys can be disappointed not to be on the podium, in a strong field in RX2 he showed he has the pace to take the next step next season. Jami also proved his potential with some impressive times but it is very difficult to pass on this circuit and he found that in the semis. It was great to have Ashley join the team and he improved every time he was in the car, which is all you can ask with little experience.
 
“With GRX we started from scratch this year and I’m proud of where we are today. It was a huge challenge and everyone on the team has contributed to this year’s success, all working with determination and real passion. This weekend was hard but I think we’ve learned so much. Niclas didn’t have a good race but he has matured and made great progress all season. Timur drove really well this weekend, especially in Q3, and he really deserved his semi-final qualification. I’d like to thank everyone who has been part of this human and sporting endeavour – I hope that this is just the beginning.”

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
 

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

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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.”

Download full details on everything you need to know about RX Academy 2019 by clicking the ‘concept info’ image below.



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
 

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RX Academy 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
 

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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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