Final sprint for the European Autocross Championship
After the 6 events that have actually taken place – and one meeting that had to be abandoned because the weather conditions had made the track undriveable – the titles in the FIA European Championship for Autocross Drivers are still up for grabs.
In the SuperBuggy category, the German Bernd Stubbe fully intends to increase his tally of European crowns to four, following those won in 2008, 2011 and 2012. With three victories in the 2013 season, he is leading the provisional classification of the Championship, with the consistent Ladislav Hanak hot on his heels. Even if four other drivers still have a mathematical chance of winning the European title, there seems to be no doubt that the final victory will be played out between Stubbe and Hanak.
In Buggy1600, Hungary's Kristian Szabo appears to have the title already within reach, thanks to his 23-point lead over his closest rival. The fight for second place, however, remains very uncertain and can still be won by any of around ten drivers, the best placed of whom include Luxemburg's Kevin Peters, the Czechs Ondrej Musil and Vit Nosalek and Frenchman David Anacleto. In the TouringAutocross category, Hungarian Tamas Karai (Skoda Fabia), Champion in 2011, seems to be in with the best chance, but remains under pressure from the reigning champion, the Czech Republic's Vaclav Fejfar (Skoda Fabia). Between the two of them, they have won all the events in the season, each scoring three victories. In the provisional classification, thanks to his exemplary regularity, the Czech Otakar Vyborny (Mitsubishi Colt) acts as referee, holding provisional second place between the two big names in the category. As regards the FIA JuniorBuggy Cup reserved for drivers aged 13 to 21, another Czech, Vaclac Triska, has a comfortable lead over his rivals and can approach the last two rounds with confidence.
The two remaining events therefore promise to prove decisive. Promoted "best organisation" of the 2012 season, the French event at Saint Igny de Vers (to the west of Macon) will take place on 14 and 15 September. For the European specialists, the French events have the reputation of being the most heated, given the presence of the many drivers from the French Championship – a Championship in which this year we see a strong competitor in the person of Jean-Philippe Dayraut, an eclectic driver at ease on any surface (asphalt, gravel, ice) and having recently finished third in the famous Pikes Peak hill climb event. Just one week after Saint Igny de Vers, the European Championship caravan will head for Italy, to set up at Maggiora (north of Milan), a classic autocross venue, for the space of one weekend.