BELEVSKIY STAR SUPER1600 PERFORMER AT CATALUNYA RX
Tuesday 20th of October 2020
Volland Racing’s Yuri Belevskiy, the Russian who races on a Swiss licence, was the star performer in the opening two rounds of the FIA European Rallycross Championship for Super1600 at the Logitech G FIA World RX of Pirineus-Barcelona 2030 and Logitech G FIA World RX of Catalunya over the weekend.
Audi A1 driver Belevskiy took the first quickest time of the Super1600 season in Q1 on Saturday morning and was second in the Intermediate Classification. Hungary’s Gergely Marton, the 2019 vice-champion in the category, took the first TQ (top qualifier) place of the year, and won semi-final one to secure pole position for the round one final.
Belevskiy also won his semi-final, and made an overtake for the lead of the final on lap one. From there on, the Volland Racing pairing ran one-two at the front of the race, took the joker on lap six and crossed the finish line in the same positions. Finland’s Rasmus Tuominen, driving for the SET Promotion team, impressed on his international rallycross debut and started on the second row of the final. He took his joker on lap one, together with Russia’s Athur Egorov, and overtook Portugal’s Joao Ribeiro during the race to climb onto the podium. A winner from Super1600 2019, Norway’s Marius Bermingrud switched to the Volland Racing team for the Catalunya race weekend and finished P4 in the final after overtaking Egorov on lap five, after taking his joker lap.
In round two on Sunday, Belevskiy was never out of the top three in the qualifiers to secure the TQ, took the win in semi-final one from pole and led the final from the start to the end to secure maximum points from the day, and only miss out on one possible Championship point for the whole weekend. He leads the Championship ahead of Marton by eight points. Russia’s Marak Kniazev won semi-final two and held off Ribeiro on lap one. He took a career best finish in P2 and Marton was third. Egorov, Ribeiro and Czech Republic’s Josef Susta completed the final top six.
Tuominen rolled his Renault Twingo in Q3 following contact with Ribeiro at turn two. The car was repaired for the semi-finals but he didn’t make it into the final. Bermingrud also missed out on a double-final start for the Catalunya weekend following a close-fought end to semi-final one. Czech Republic’s Jan Cerney was impressive on his international rallycross debut in a Skoda Citigo. He took P4 in semi-final one in round one, but was a DNF in semi-final one in round two with broken suspension following contact.
The final round of the Euro RX Super1600 Championship will take place at the World RX of Germany at the Nurburgring (11-13 December).
All the Super1600 action from Catalunya RX is included in the livestreams for World RX here.
Find full results from Catalunya RX here.
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