As Lydden Hill gears up for the 2017 season, there’s great news coming out from the home of rallycross which hosts round two of the Toyo Tyres British Rallycross Championship on 17 April. British Touring Car Championship Team BMR Team Principal Warren Scott is standing down from BTCC driving duties to compete in an RCiB-backed Citroen DS3 with Liam Doran's championship winning team LD Motorsports.
Speaking on his new car and team Scott commented: "I have already had a test day with Liam and his team. The Citroen was unbelievable and I felt at home in the car and with the team straight away. I am really looking forward to this new personal challenge and to working with LD Motorsports who won the British Supercar Rallycross title in 2016 with Liam himself who was also a title contender in the world championships.”
Another confirmed new Supercar driver for 2017 is reigning Swift Sport Rallycross Champion Nathan Heathcote who will race an LD Motorsports Citroen C4 that multiple British RX champion Pat Doran raced last season. The Ashford racer could swap to one of the team’s Citroen DS3s for round three.
Before that Heathcote will join a quality field at the spiritual home of rallycross, which also hosts Britain’s round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy over the weekend of 27-28 May.
“I’m absolutely buzzing to race a Supercar this year,” said Heathcote. “It’s a big step up from the Swifts but I’ve watched them a lot and it’s a buzz just being around them. I’ll probably do the first two rounds in the C4 and then see how it’s going. It’s a big learning curve.
“I couldn’t go into a better team really, between them Pat and Liam have so much Supercar and rallycross experience, and I get on really well with them. I’d definitely love to get on the podium a couple of times this season. Of course, everyone wants to win, and I’ll be trying for that but I just want to get my first race out of the way and see how it goes.”
The full entry list for round two is yet to be released, but expectations are high of a full quality entry when the first round of the Toyo Tyres MSA British Rallycross Championship takes place at Croft Circuit next week (March 19).
You can buy advance tickets for the second round at Lydden Hill here.