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Published on Aug 31, 2015
A high-intensity weekend!
In rallycross, the action comes in short, sharp, breathless bursts! To fully appreciate a racing weekend, it is important to understand the event format, which in World RX is split into two distinct phases – qualifying and the finals.
The qualifying element is composed of four heat races, each of which pitches five contenders head-to-head. The objective of these sprints – in which all drivers start on the same row – is to complete four laps in the fastest possible time. The cumulative times of the heat races serve to establish the intermediate classification and the weekend’s first distribution of points. Two heats take place on the Saturday afternoon, followed by two more on the Sunday morning, with only the leading 12 protagonists in the intermediate classification progressing on to the semi-finals. This means that for many competitors, the weekend ends here, but Team Peugeot Hansen thankfully has yet to find itself in this unenviable position.
In the semi-finals, the start follows the traditional circuit racing format of two cars on each row of the grid. The total distance is extended to six laps, with the top three from each semi-final going on to lock horns in the final. Unlike in the heat races, it is the finishing positions that matter here rather than the overall time.
The final follows the same principles, with the first past the chequered flag being crowned the event winner. In terms of the championship, however, competitors earn points from every element of the weekend – the qualifying phase, the semi-final and the final.