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Images from the 2019 World RX of Sweden


Jul 082019

Like it or not, you can’t call yourself a real rallycross fan without a visit to the iconic Höljes circuit in Sweden. As Monaco is to F1, or Mugello is to MotoGP, the Magic Weekend - as it is known affectionately to fans - is an iconic fixture on the rallycross season calendar.

What’s more it has been a staple of the FIA World Rallycross Championship since its inception, as well as the preceding FIA European Rallycross Championship since 1991. Set deep within the seemingly endless Finnskogen forests of the Swedish county of Värmland, the circuit is a unique mix of jumps, dirt, asphalt and dust - surrounded by amphitheatre-like banks, on which hoards of fans dig in, keen to catch watch the wheel to wheel action.

1 - The Racing


Simply put, the magic weekend has hosted some of the best racing seen throughout rallycross seasons. The RX Cartel’s Andreas Bakkerud took his maiden Supercar class victory here during the 2013 European championship. Barring mechanical failure this year - which robbed the 27 Norwegian of a place in the finals - he has finished on the podium at every single outing at Höljes since his 2013 victory. Last lap dives, and huge pyro displays marking the chequered flag are a staple here, and we wouldn’t have it any other way.

2 - The Fans


The fans make the party, and we love them for it. Makeshift grandstands built from wooden pallets, tents pitched on the roof of classic American cars, and huge converted buses are all the work of the die-hard fans that make the pilgrimage to the World RX of Sweden every season. While officially the weekend runs from Friday to Sunday, some fans camp out from Tuesday or Wednesday just to secure a good spot. What goes on in Höljes, stays in Höljes, right?

3 - The Atmosphere


Part race weekend, part festival; nothing quite compares to the electric atmosphere in Höljes. Maybe it’s the heady mix of forest humidity, race fuel, glowing turbos, sunburn and weekend long parties. One thing we can say for sure is that to experience it is definitely a bucket list item for a motorsport fan. Trust us, you won’t be disappointed.

4 - The Circuit


From the double jumps, to the banked asphalt, and the treacherous lap-opening joker, if you hadn’t guessed it already Höljes - or technically the Höljes Motorstadion - is a firm driver and fan favourite. Whether you want to see 600bhp flying high several times a lap, going side by side into off camber dirt corners, or smoking up all four-wheels in a power slide around the velodrome section, the circuit doesn’t disappoint. Better still, fans can get a complete view of almost all of the lap from the grassy banks or on top of the Monster Energy rig.

5 - Monster Rig Riot


It’s the epicentre of the mayhem while the racing is on during the day, as well as the perfect place to kick off a night of after-track partying once the action on the asphalt (and dirt) has fallen silent. The Monster Energy rig at Höljes has hosted DJs, bands, and guest athletes alike - giving fans an opportunity to grab an autograph and some free swag. This year, the RX Cartel hosted an evening foam party as well as the trademark midday Monster Energy Rig Riot. Check it out…

Want to see more? Then hit play on the highlights and finals of the 2019 Swecon FIA World Rallycross of Sweden.