7 Talking Points Heading Into Speedmachine Weekend

The events are coming thick and fast right now as the FIA World Rallycross Championship build’s up to round four in the UK this weekend, with the Dayinsure World RX of Great Britain being held at Silverstone as part of the Speedmachine Festival.

 

Biggest jump of the season

Silverstone’s rallycross track, first used for a World RX event last year has the biggest jump on the calendar, with the landing directly leading into a tight right hand corner. Be prepared for some serious airtime, and will anyone be brave enough to try and pass in the air, like the move Liam Doran pulled on Scott Speed in the Americas Rallycross final at Silverstone last season.

 

Second ever Speedmachine Festival

Great Britain’s round of World RX is part of the Speedmachine festival, which on top of a packed weekend of rallycross action includes unique manufacturer driving opportunities on Silverstone’s famous Formula 1 circuit, street food galore and a superstar music line-up. Find out more here.

 

Monster Energy RX Cartel on a mission

Monster Energy RX Cartel’s Andreas Bakkerud has finished on the podium in both of the World RX events he’s finished so far this season, in Catalunya and Spa, and is hunting his first win for the new team. Bakkerud was super fast in the World RX final last season, hunting winner Johan Kristoffersson. Could this be his weekend? Or, after a podium in round one of World RX in Abu Dhabi and at Silverstone in ARX last season, could Liam Doran make it to the top step?

 

Baumanis on strong form

Team STARD’s Janis Baumanis is the only driver to qualify for every final so far this year, but is looking to score his first podium finish. The Latvian will be pushing hard this weekend to maintain his record, and improve on his best result of the season so far.

 

Joni Wiman replaces Niclas Gronholm

Joni Wiman made a remarkable debut in the Hyundai i20 last time out at Spa-Francorchamps, storming to a third place finish whilst replacing Niclas Gronholm who was ruled out of the event after undergoing surgery for appendicitis. With Gronholm still recovering, Wiman will take his compratiot's seat at Silverstone and will be keen to continue to prove why he is deserving of a full-time drive in the championship.

 

A unique circuit

World RX Drivers’ Championship points leader Kevin Hansen is excited to return to the unique Silverstone layout, commenting on his social media recently: “Next week we go back to Silverstone, one of my favourite circuits of the year. Tight and rhythmic layout, with a big jump.”

 

Euro RX Supercar is back

The first round of the FIA European Rallycross Championship for Supercar will take place at Silverstone, where all of the qualifying races will be broadcast live on facebook for the first time. Former Champion Robin Larsson returns with an ex-EKS Audi S1 run by JC Raceteknik and will start among the favourites for the title.

BC39 Entry List Rises to 83!

The entry list for the Driven2SaveLives BC39 powered by NOS Energy Drink continues to grow by leaps and bounds and now stands at 83 cars for the September 4-5 event at The Dirt Track at IMS.  Just one week remains until the entry cutoff on Thursday night, August 29 at The BC39.

Grant Gasses it to #GYATK Night Triumph

Sprint Car Smackdown week began just as it left off the year before with Justin Grant racing to victory Wednesday in #GYATK Night following the Ione, California driver’s victory in the Smackdown finale in 2018.

#GYATK Night Fires Off Big Week at Kokomo

#GYATK Night comes to life this Wednesday night, August 21, at Kokomo Speedway, igniting a stacked weeklong racing docket at the quarter-mile oval leading into Sprint Car Smackdown VIII Aug. 22-23-24.

Smackdown VIII Race Preview

Sprint Car Smackdown VIII arrives with a bang this week as one of the most prestigious events on the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car calendar gets underway for its eighth edition Aug. 22-24 with the kickoff companion event, #GYATK Night, beginning the racing feast on Wednesday, Aug. 21.

Ironman Stockon in Line for Record at Kokomo

One of the ultimate ironman streaks is on the line for Chase Stockon as he prepares to equal the series’ most consecutive starts streaks this week during Sprint Car Smackdown VIII at Aug. 22-24 at Kokomo Speedway.

BC39 Kicks Off with Draft Party on Sept. 3

The Driven2SaveLives BC39 powered by NOS Energy Drink gets amped up on Tuesday, Sept. 3, the night before the dirt flies at The Dirt Track at IMS.

Busch Named Darlington USAC.25 Grand Marshal

Kyle Busch, the 2015 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Champion, has been named the Honorary Grand Marshal for the USAC.25 Se-ries event at Darlington Raceway, Aug. 29 - Sept.1. He is scheduled to visit the USAC.25 track across from Darlington Raceway at the Manheim Auction lot on Satur-day, Aug. 31.

USAC Stat Book: Smackdown Edition

We’re on the road and headed to Indiana's Kokomo Speedway for four-straight-events for the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship, beginning with the non-points #GYATK Night on Wednesday, Aug. 21 and three consecutive nights of Sprint Car Smackdown VIII Aug. 22-23-24.

Briscoe Enters BC39 as List Grows to Near 70

Chase Briscoe, who currently ranks sixth in NASCAR Xfinity Series standings, has filed his entry for the Driven2SaveLives BC39 powered by NOS Energy Drink on September 4-5 at The Dirt Track at IMS, as the list of cars for the mega event has risen to 69 with less than two weeks remaining until the entry cutoff on Thursday night, August 29 at TheBC39.com.

Darland a Smackdown Master Over the Past Decade

To be a consistent front runner on a race-by-race basis is a task that drivers and teams are constantly faced with in pursuit of feature wins and season championships.