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World RX podium and solid RX2 result for SET Promotion at Holjes

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World RX podium and solid RX2 result for SET Promotion at Holjes

Reigning FIA European Rallycross Champion Reinis Nitiss, who won the Supercar title last season with SET Promotion, claimed a podium finish in the Swedish round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship with the SET-operated GRX Taneco team, as Sami-Matti Trogen finished fourth in RX2 at Holjes (July 7).
 
Working as test and development driver with SET’s World RX programme this season, Nitiss is also competing in selected races in a third Hyundai i20 Supercar. Even despite a heavy roll in Q1 at Holjes on Saturday, the SET and GRX mechanics did a brilliant job to repair the car for Q2, where Nitiss set the fastest time and went on to finish third in the final.
 
In the RX2 International Series, reigning RX Academy Champion Trogen claimed his fourth, fourth-place finish from five rounds in 2019, just missing out on the podium. Fighting in traffic during the qualifying races, Trogen set a best time of fourth overall and second fastest of the drivers to run in wet conditions in Q2, but was slowed by damage sustained when he was hit by another competitor in Q3. Needing a solid drive in the semi-finals to ensure a place in the final, Trogen delivered, but starting on the outside of the grid in the final wasn’t able to improve on his starting position. He lies fifth in the standings.
 
Another RX Academy graduate, Jami Kalliomaki, made his first start of the season in RX2 at the event known as ‘The Magic Weekend’ but despite showing good lap time pace, struggled with getting the car away from the start line and spent the weekend battling in traffic. He wound up 15th overall.
 
Meanwhile, Nitiss’ GRX stablemates Niclas Gronholm and Timur Timerzyanov were fifth and 24th in World RX.
 
Sami-Matti Trogen (FIN) #22, RX2:
 
“It was hard weekend. In qualifying we had lots of bad luck. In Q4 for example there was a lot of traffic the whole time and driving seemed to be impossible. It was so tight in the top ten this weekend, but in the semi-finals we were able to get to second with a good joker lap strategy, then in the final we didn’t have the best starting position and from there it was hard to get onto the podium. Still, the weekend was okay after a difficult start.”
 
Jami Kalliomaki (FIN) #65, RX2:
 
“It wasn’t so easy to drive in RX2 for the first time since South Africa last November and we had quite poor luck this weekend. The driving wasn’t as good as it has been sometimes – the speed we have should be able to get us a much better result that we did. I had some problems with the starts, and then you get stuck in traffic behind the slower guys and it’s really hard to overtake. I haven’t been able to enjoy the track so much as before because I was always behind someone, but I still love this track, this atmosphere and I think it was quite a nice weekend anyway.”

Kalle Pinomaki, SET Promotion RX2 Crew Chief and spotter:
 
“For both Sami-Matti and Jami there were a lot up ups and downs this weekend. Of course for Jami it had been a long time since he has been in the car so it was not so easy to perform straight away. He showed some good pace but had really bad luck with the starts, so in many races he lost positions and it was really difficult to build the race after that. It was also not so easy with the changing conditions. I’m really happy with how strong Sami-Matti was in the semi-finals after not such a good qualifying position. We didn’t have the results to show what we can do in qualifying, but he came back in the semis, showed really good speed and fighting spirt there. The starting position wasn’t perfect from the outside in the final and he didn’t have the last bit of speed for the podium but I’m happy with how he ended the weekend.”
 
Reinis Nitiss (LVA) #15, World RX:
 
“I think this race really saw everything. After the massive roll in Q1, I thought that the race is over for me, but we have the best mechanics who got the car going in no-time. To come back from that, take a qualification win and finish on the podium, feels like a dream-come-true. But in the end, weekends like this are why we race and I’m grateful to all the people around me who helped me to achieve this.”
 
Next up:
 
The next round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship will take place at Trois-Rivieres in Canada, (August 4 – 5), the next round for the RX2 International Series will join World RX at Loheac in France (August 31 – September 1) but next event for SET Promotion will be the fourth round of RX Academy at Riga in Latvia (July 20 – 21).

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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Character-building weekend for Trogen in Hell, World RX victory for Gronholm

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Character-building weekend for Trogen in Hell, World RX victory for Gronholm

Finnish driver Sami-Matti Trogen endured a character-building weekend in the fourth round of the RX2 International Series at Hell in Norway (June 16) as Niclas Gronholm scored a first ever FIA World Rallycross Championship victory with the SET Promotion-operated GRX Taneco team.
 
Reigning RX Academy Champion Trogen’s weekend got off to strong start on Saturday morning at one of the most heralded rallycross circuits on the calendar, with fastest time in Free Practice Two. However, contact at the first corner in the first three qualifiers hampered Trogen’s cause, but a clean start in Q4 and an accomplished overtake in the joker lap led to a race win and third fastest time.
 
Starting from a sub-optimal position on the semi-final one grid, Trogen pushed hard to try and progress through the field after an early joker, and on the final lap made a move to climb into a final qualifying position, but without room on the inside of the car ahead, ran over a kerb and damaged the car’s suspension, dropping the 17-year old down the order.
 
In Hell World RX:
 
In the FIA World Rallycross Championship, Niclas Gronholm returned to the GRX Taneco team after missing the two previous rounds due to illness. Three quickest times from the four qualifiers put Gronholm top in the Intermediate Classification and pole for semi-final one, before which torrential rain drenched the Norwegian circuit. A composed drive took Gronholm to the race win and pole for the final, but a not-perfect start left the Finn fighting in traffic. After finishing third on track, Gronholm was promoted to second and then victory by penalties for other drivers, his first World RX win.
In the sister Hyundai i20 Supercar, three-time European Rallycross Champion Timur Timerzyanov was denied a place in the final by a puncture in the semi-finals.
 
Sami-Matti Trogen (FIN) #22, RX2:
 
“It’s been a disappointing race for me. Today I had good speed and finally in Q4 I had a race win and third time overall. We didn’t have the best starting position for the semi-final, but I pushed hard on the first laps, then when the car in front went into the joker he came out just in front of me, so I needed to overtake him. I couldn’t find a way, then in the last lap I was too optimistic and tried to overtake in turn two, but it didn’t work. Of course I wanted to try something to overtake, it was a bit of a stupid move, but I tired. We had good pace this weekend, I had bad luck on Saturday with the starts, we just need to get everything together and hopefully we have some better luck in the Q1 draw in the next race. I was fast in free practice here, and I was better in the first day than at previous events, so I know we have the speed now we need to show it in Holjes.”
 
Joni Wiman, SET Promotion RX2 Crew Chief and spotter:
 
“We had a tough weekend with difficult starts in Q1, Q2, and Q3. We changed some things in time for Q4 and that was good, Sami-Matti got away at the start and did the third fastest time. But everything reflected on the bad qualifiers. It’s so hard to start from the outside here and you just have to wait and see what the other guys do. Sami-Matti did everything he could in the semi-final but the attempt to overtake was a bit too much. He could have tried to overtake in a different place or just drive fair and just follow to the finish line. Of course you get really desperate when you’re in that position, that’s why he tried to do this overtake but you could see it not working from the start. That’s how it is, the pace was good all weekend, we were amoung the fastest so we just need to put Hell behind us and take the positives to Holjes.”
 
Niclas Gronholm (FIN) #68, World RX:
 
“This is not how I imagined my first ever World RX win to come, but that’s not my decision and I will take it as it is. There are a lot of positive things to take from this weekend. We were on top of our game for most of the race and I think we had the package to win it on the track. In the final there was no grip at the first row of the start grid and that pretty much defined how this run played out. We have the next race in just a few weeks and performance in Norway gives us a vision on what we must aim at.” 
 
Jussi Pinomaki, GRX Taneco World RX Team Manager and spotter:

“One more time I must say that I am very proud of everyone in the team. With every race we learn more, we improve more, we work hard and we don’t jump ahead of ourselves. The performance what we delivered this weekend is a result of that. Winning the race in stewards’ room is not what we had in mind and I feel for our competitors, but we will take it.”
 
Next up:
 
The next round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship and RX2 International Series will take place at Holjes in Sweden (July 5 – 7).

Find full event information, results and points on the FIA World Rallycross Championship website.
 
Click images by Jan Kare Rafoss below for high resolution versions.




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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RX Academy information here.
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Tuominen takes clean sweep in Denmark to score maiden RX Academy victory

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Tuominen takes clean sweep in Denmark to score maiden RX Academy victory

Finnish driver Rasmus Tuominen (#22) dominated proceedings in the third round of RX Academy at Nysum in Denmark (June 2) to become the third different winner of the 2019 campaign.

On the fast and challenging circuit, the 18-year old set the fastest time in each of the four qualifying sessions, despite stiff opposition from the RX Academy field, then won both the semi-final and final from pole position to claim his first ever rallycross victory.
 
Tuominen had to fend off a close challenge from round one winner Tommi Hallman (#87) throughout the final, the pair running side-by-side at the joker lap exit on the last lap, but it was Tuominen who held on to score victory and move to within three points of the championship lead.
 
Producing another consistent performance on a new track for almost all of the RX Academy drivers, racing the factory-built Renault Clio RS RXs, points leader Marko Muru (#27) won the battle for third in the final against Sim Racing star Joni Heikkinen (#3), who qualified for the final for the first time in his rallycross career having challenged Hallman for victory in the a close semi-final contest, then pressured Muru for the final podium place.
 
Luka Nurmi (#66) qualified for the final by virtue of a late-braking overtake on Jimi Kalliomaki (#95) after the circuit’s jump on the last lap of semi-final one, then eventually led the final when the other drivers took their jokers, but wound up fifth after taking his own extra-route on the last lap.
 
Jonne Ollikainen (#44) continued his run of final appearances thanks to consistently increased pace throughout the Danish event and finished sixth. French driver Clementine Lhoste (#72) also continued her development as part of RX Academy’s structure of coaching and mentoring and set comparable lap times to the other competitors, but just missed out on a place in the final with fourth position in semi-final two.
 
Muru continues to lead the standings, just a point ahead of Hallman while Tuominen has climbed to third, three points off the lead at the halfway stage of the season.
 
Round four of RX Academy 2019 will take place at Riga in Latvia next month (July 20 – 21), while the RX Academy TV show from Nysum will be broadcast later this week, keep an eye on the RX Academy social media channels for details.
 
Nysum Winner: Rasmus Tuominen (FIN)
 
“I’m so happy with the result. It all started from the track walk on Saturday morning, I could see the track would suit me well and I built the confidence around that. The last corner here is crucial to a good lap time, and the corner inside the joker is too, that’s where I found the most time. I found good confidence on gravel at Holjes two weeks ago and I felt comfortable on it here, and I had such a close fight with Tommi in the final, it was so tight at the joker exit. Thanks to Tommi for not pushing me wide there, then in the second to last corner I knew I had done enough.”
 
Nysum Second: Tommi Hallman (FIN)
 
“Congratulations to Rasmus, he was the quickest all weekend and I tried really hard to beat him in the final, but he was just really fast. I think also because I was in the later semi-final, I had warmer tyres and they were overheating in the final. I was struggling on the tarmac, but I tried my hardest. I’m really happy with the weekend overall; good points, solid driving, not really any big mistakes and I’m in a good position in the championship.”
 
Nysum Third: Marko Muru (EST)

“I’m happy overall about the weekend. In qualifying I didn’t have the best speed and got stuck a bit in traffic, but in the final I had a really close fight and managed to finish on the podium. There was so much dust into the braking zones, it was hard to see the cars ahead and difficult to overtake. I got good points here but now I’m looking forward to the next race in Riga to get a better result and more points. Riga is a really nice track with big jumps and fast corners, I think it will suit my driving style.”
 
Head of RX Academy: Jussi Pinomäki
 
“I’m really proud of how everyone drove this weekend, and especially the respect they showed to each other both on and off track. That took nothing at all away from the racing, they still made great racing with great overtakes and everything we expect to see in rallycross. I’m impressed with how far all of the drivers have come in the two months since we started working together. After an intense period it’s good that the drivers now have a little time to take a break, but not for too long and I’m really excited for round four at the World class rallycross circuit in Latvia.”

Result of R3, Nysum
1 Rasmus Tuominen (FIN)
2 Tommi Hallman (FIN)
3 Marko Muru (EST)
4 Joni Heikkinen (FIN)
5 Luka Nurmi (FIN)
6 Jonne Ollikainen (FIN)
7 Jimi Kalliomäki (FIN)
8 Clementine Lhoste (FRA)

Championship Standings:
1 Marko Muru (EST) 77
2 Tommi Hallman (FIN) 76
3 Rasmus Tuominen (FIN) 74
4 Jimi Kalliomäki (FIN) 63
5 Luka Nurmi (FIN) 51
6 Jonne Ollikainen (FIN) 51
7 Joni Heikkinen (FIN) 49
8 Clementine Lhoste (FRA) 36






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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Bad luck denies Trogen and SET Promotion RX2 podium at Silverstone

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Bad luck denies Trogen and SET Promotion RX2 podium at Silverstone

Reigning RX Academy Champion Sami-Matti Trogen and Finnish rallycross team SET Promotion were cruelly denied a podium result in the third round of the RX2 International Series at Silverstone in the UK (May 26).
 
Eighth quickest in Q1 after a not-perfect start, Trogen battled in traffic in the opening two qualifiers, but ran in clean air to claim a race victory on track in Q3 and set the second fastest time. Again racing in traffic in Q4, Trogen secured a front row starting position for the semi-finals and despite dropping a place in the opening corners, used faster pace than his rivals, and a cunning overtaking manoeuvre in the first corner later in the race, to finish second and progress to the final.
 
But, eager to stand on the RX2 podium for the first time in 2019, the final didn’t play out well for the 17-year old driver. Having lost time in the first corner battle in the first attempt at the race, a re-run was required when another competitor crashed out. At the re-start, a driver ahead of Trogen was sent into the turn one tyre wall, leaving the Finn nowhere to go. Significant damage was sustained to the front-right suspension of the SET Promotion machine, but in a valiant effort to score as many points as possible, Trogen returned to the grid for the second re-start and began the race before retiring, to be classified fourth.
 
The team’s third fourth-place finish in a row came with the biggest points score of the year so far, meaning Trogen is fourth in the standings with four rounds still to go.
 
Sami-Matti Trogen (FIN) #22, RX2:
 
“The pace was there again this weekend and overall things have been okay. It was difficult in the final that I had some bad luck, that’s not what I wanted but that’s how it goes sometimes. I need to try again to be on it from the first heats of the weekend at the next race. The next round is in Norway at Hell. I know that track from last year, it’s a nice track which I think can suit us and grid position is not as important as it is here, so I’m looking forward to that.”
 
Kalle Pinomaki, SET Promotion RX2 Crew Chief and spotter:
 
“It was solid weekend for Sami-Matti again despite the first corner impacts in the final starts. Again he improved a lot through the event. Starting positions on the outside were not perfect places to be in Q1 and Q2 so that made it difficult to build the race at the beginning of the weekend. Q3 and Q4 were much better and the semi-final drive was really good. We found some small details from a driving side and I think we were much closer than in the previous races. The starts are crucial, especially in this category and we will try to improve that for the next race. I feel sad that it ended the way it did in the final but still really happy for the performance that Sami-Matti showed this weekend. We must remember that he is still very young and learning all the time.”
 
Also at Silverstone:

In the FIA World Rallycross Championship, the SET Promotion-operated GRX Taneco team got both Russian Timur Timerzyanov and Finnish driver Joni Wiman – who was filling in for the unwell Niclas Gronholm – into the semi-finals. Timerzyanov got stuck in traffic and didn’t make the final, but Wiman was pushed into a tyre wall by another competitor and his Hyundai i20 rolled onto its side and out of the race. The pair finished eighth (Wiman) and 11th (Timerzyanov).
 
Next up:
 
The next round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship and RX2 International Series will take place at Hell in Norway (June 15 – 16), after the third round of RX Academy at Nysum in Denmark next weekend (June 1 – 2).

Find full event information, results and points on the FIA World Rallycross Championship website.
 
Click images by Jan Kare Rafoss below for high resolution versions.






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

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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
 

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RX Academy 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.

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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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