Lydden Hill staff are steeling themselves for a record attendance when the FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy returns to the birthplace of rallycross for World RX of Great Britain on May 27-28.
Britain’s Andrew Jordan will return to rallycross and compete at his home event for MJP Racing Team Austria, alongside World RX regular Kevin Eriksson. The former rallycross and British Touring Car Champion commented: "It’s brilliant to join MJP Racing Team Austria for the British round of the 2017 FIA World Rallycross Championship at Lydden Hill. Rallycross Supercars are so impressive to drive; the level of cars and teams has stepped up massively over the last couple of years and I'm very lucky to get to drive one for MJP Racing Team Austria.
“Rallycross holds great memories for me from when I started racing at 14 years old to standing on a World Rallycross podium, I love the sport and am hugely proud to compete at my home event.”
The immensely popular World RX series has also been boosted this year by the addition of factory teams from Audi and Volkswagen. After an incredible 13 Le Mans 24 hour victories, Audi has abandoned the World Endurance Championship in favour of entering a two-car team for world champion Mattias Ekstrom and Toomas “Topi” Heikkinen.
And Volkswagen has decided not to defend its World Rally Championship title so they can bid for World RX glory with double world champion Petter Solberg, one of the most charismatic characters of the sport, teamed-up with current vice-champion, Johan Kristoffersson.
There is another major factor which will bring the fans through the gates. This could be the last chance to see the world rallycross stars strutting their stuff in Kent – next year the British round of World RX will be held at Silverstone.
Lydden spokesperson, former British Rallycross Champion Pat Doran commented: “2017 marks the 50th anniversary of rallycross, so it’s fitting that to celebrate that milestone Lydden Hill, where it all started, will host the British round of World RX. It’s also great to welcome Andrew Jordan back into rallycross at Lydden Hill, alongside the new manufacturer teams from VW and Audi. We know that we will not have the event here next year and I wish Silverstone continued success when it moves there in 2018, however we will pull out all the stops to ensure this year’s event is the best ever.”
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Relive some of the action from 2016 World RX at Lydden Hill here: