Two members of last year’s iRacing Rallycross World Championship roster scored the wins in Tuesday’s iRX All-Star Invitational presented by Yokohama races across two different tracks. Hansen Williams Esports’ Henrik Krogstad, a real-world RX2 champion, took advantage of contact between World RX star Kevin Hansen and longtime RX2 driver Tanner Whitten in the closing laps to win the real pro event at Daytona International Speedway, while SET Esports’ Jonne Ollikainen was the winner of the sim pro race at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.
The biggest names in European rallycross dominated the heats from Daytona, with Krogstad, Hansen, and Andreas Bakkerud taking the three victories before SCORE Trophy Truck driver Mikey Lawrence won the LCQ. First-lap contact knocked Bakkerud out of contention for a second straight win, allowing Whitten and Subaru Motorsports USA’s Brandon Semenuk to briefly check out as Hansen and Krogstad chased them down. With three laps to go, Hansen dove to the inside of Whitten to try and take the top spot, but both drivers would pay the price. That opened the door for Krogstad to take the victory, with Semenuk coming home second and Whitten hanging on for third.
In the sim racer event from Barcelona, a dramatic first-corner battle shook up the running order, knocking defending iRX World Champion and Brands Hatch final winner Yohann Harth out of the race. That was of no consequence to Ollikainen, though, as the Finn carried on his pole and heat-winning pace to lead every lap of the feature. Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup stalwart Kevin Ellis Jr. finished second, while Rasmus Tuominen came from last on the grid to complete the podium.
Pro racer results from the iRX World Championship presented by Yokohama final at Daytona were as follows:
|10||2||64||Tim Stevens||Subaru||9||-1 L||0||41.498|
Sim racer results from the iRX World Championship presented by Yokohama final at Barcelona were as follows:
|2||8||98||Kevin Ellis Jr||Subaru||10||-3.683||0||41.692|
|9||9||236||Luc Fournier||Subaru||8||-2 L||0||49.561|
|10||3||90||Yohann Harth||Subaru||0||-10 L||0|
The iRX World Championship presented by Yokohama returns to action next Tuesday at 5PM ET, with real-world pros visiting Sonoma Raceway and sim standouts taking on Atlanta Motor Speedway. Time Attack sessions from Atlanta are running through the end of the day Friday GMT this week, with the top performers receiving an invitation to run the broadcasted event. For more information on iRacing and for special offers, visit www.iracing.com.