The off-season of the FIA World Rallycross Championship is proving that no mistakes should be made in the drivers selection by the teams, and World RX Team Austria replaces completely its full season lineup ahead of the new season.
It was announced this Wednesday (17) that the Russian driver Timur Timerzyanov and the Latvian driver Janis Baumanis will be the new pair of full time drivers for the Austrian squad, replacing the team bosses Manfred Stohl and Max Pucher onboard a pair of Ford Fiesta models.
Timerzyanov is coming from a Ford drive for Olsbergs MSE, as he was the third full time driver of the team, and his lack of regularity somehow was along with the team, which made them lose the teams title crown to the Team Peugeot-Hansen. His experience acquired with two European Rallycross titles should be a benchmark and will help the team a lot with their cars.
Baumanis comes as the reigning Super 1600 title holder, but he isn't coming to the big boys battle without experience, as between his title campaign he contested some World RX rounds with Hansen Talent Development, a junior team of Peugeot-Hansen, as well his single time drive with World RX Team Austria last year at Rosario, Argentina. Baumanis gave to the current world champion Petter Solberg a run for his money for a couple of laps in the final, missing the podium by two seconds but ending the event as the best rookie.
But what about Pucher and Stohl? Stohl decided to step to a trackside engineering role for the team, giving support in all of the team's entries. Pucher will still drive in the other way, but his participation will focus in all rounds of the Euro RX while the participation in selected World RX rounds is in the cards for him.
Below you can see a short video about the announcement of the 2016 plans:
PHOTO: World RX Team Austria