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27 May 2016

WRX: Rallycross heads home

Category: News, WRX Posted 27.05.16 15:52 by

Round four of the World Rallycross Championship gets set to return to the ‘Home of Rallycross’ this weekend at Lydden Hill.

The ‘Home of Rallycross’: Lydden Hill this weekend plays host to fourth round of the World RX. Two Norwegian’s have taken the top step of the podium over the past two seasons, with Andreas Bakkerud winning in 2014 and Petter Solberg takin the win in 2015.

 

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Andreas Bakkerud having won the Lydden Hill World RX round in 2014 being congratulated by 2015 winner Petter Solberg. © JKR/ERC24

 

FIA World Rallycross have confirmed 24 Supercars to compeete for the fourth round of the World championship,  alongside 29 Super1600 cars and 10 RX Lites competing for their respective championships.

Local supporters will look to get behind a larger selection of British names, including JRM driver Liam Doran who will compete alongside Wildcard entry Guy Wilks.  Former British champion Julian Godfrey is also a Supercar entry. Young British talent Dan Rooke, who has been dominating the British Rallycross championship will also feature when he make his RX Lites Cup debut.

 

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Tight racing during the 2014 event. © JKR/ERC24

 

After three World RX rounds, the Swede EKS driver Mattias Ekstrom is the driver to beat. A win in Hockenheim (round two) and utter dominance from Q1 to Final in Mettet round three would have no doubt sent shockwaves through the World RX paddock. Ekstrom leads the overall drivers’ standings and will also be eager to take a third win in a row in 2016.  

The American Tanner Foust makes a return to the World Rallycross paddock, having twice won at Lydden as part of the European championship in 2012/2013; then under OMSE. Foust joins the Volkswagen RX Sweden team, and returns to Lydden Hill fresh off the back of two round wins in the 2016 Global Rallycross championship, which took place in Phoenix last weekend.

 

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American Tanner Foust who won the GB event in 2012/13 is back as a wildcard driver for Volkswagen at Lydden Hill this season. © JKR/ERC24

 

Lydden will also play host to the second round of the Super1600 championship. Ulrik Linnemann won in Portugal, but it was local driver Mário Barbosa who impressed. Barbosa will look to capitalise on that good result – making the long trip over from Portugal to compete. Barbosa leads the championship standings. British competitors Craig Lomax and Phil Chicken will also feature.

The RX Lites Cup returns for its third round in 2o16. Thomas Bryntesson leads the championship from Cyril Raymond and Joachim Hvaal. Like Ekstrom, Bryntesson will look to take a third successive round win, following victories in Germany and Belgium.