Drivers from the FIA World Rallycross Championship will play a starring role in the UK next week, as the Autosport International show at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham celebrates the 50th anniversary of rallycross.
Cars and drivers from every era of rallycross will be in action in the Live Action Arena at the NEC, including Norway’s Andreas Bakkerud, Britain’s Guy Wilks and Latvia’s Reinis Nitiss and Janis Baumanis. Bakkerud, Nitiss and Baumanis will share driving duties over the four days of the show, while Wilks will drive a Ford Fiesta Supercar for the duration. World RX finalist Liam Doran will drive a Ford RS200, one of four Group B cars in the arena, joining Pat Doran in another RS200 and a pair of MG Metro 6R4s.
Team Peugeot-Hansen team principal Kenneth Hansen will speak on stage about his long and successful career in rallycross and the World Championship today, while FIA European Rallycross Championship Supercar competitors Kevin Procter, Ollie O’Donovan and Derek Tohill will all take part in Ford Fiestas, Tohill swapping his OMSE-built Supercar for the rear-wheel drive TouringCar with which he claimed the FIA European Rallycross Championship for TouringCar in 2010 and 2013.
Motorsport legend Vic Elford will drive the Porsche 911 that he used to win the first ever rallycross event at Lydden Hill in 1967, while Britain’s John Taylor - the first ever European Rallycross Champion, and Norway’s Martin Schanche, who won the European Championship six times, will drive Ford Escorts from their respective careers. British Champions Julian Godfrey and Dan Rooke, who are both regulars in the World RX paddock will also drive at the show.
The newly-branded RX2 will also be launched at Autosport Show with the car to be revealed on the F1 Racing stand at 1130am on Thursday 12 January.