Last year Jordan beat four past champions to take the coveted British Touring Car Championship crown with Pirtek Racing. And while 24-year-old Jordan’s main focus for the 2014 season will be defending his BTCC title, he will also be joining an impressive grid at the UK round of the World Rallycross Championship, as it comes to Britain for the first time over the Spring Bank Holiday weekend.
Andrew is no stranger to rallycross, winning the British Rallycross Supercar title in 2007. Since then he has always maintained a strong interest in the sport, and credits his early days competing in rallycross for developing his outstanding levels of car control, particularly in slippery conditions.
Andrew will take the wheel of a turbocharged 600bhp four-wheel-drive Ford Fiesta prepared by the crack Olsbergs MSE team.
“They are just unreal to drive,” said Andrew. Read the rest of this entry »
RX Lites are a single-spec formula, with all entrants competing in identical 310bhp, all-wheel-drive, rear-engined machinery, prioritising driver skill and close wheel-to-wheel racing, while aiming to keep costs to a minimum. The cars will be delivered by Swedish rallycross specialists and multiple GRC champions OlsbergsMSE.
Designed to develop the rallycross stars of tomorrow, RX Lites will run at a minimum of five World RX events this year, in the first season of a multi-year agreement.
Organisers, IMG Motorsports and the FIA, have released a 2014 calendar of events for the inaugural running of the FIA World Rallycross Championship.
Following the FIA’s decision at September’s World Motorsport Council meeting to approve the formation of the World Championship in 2014, organisers have agreed to a new calendar for next year, which has been approved at a Council meeting in Paris on Wednesday.
The 2014 FIA World Rallycross Championship will be run over 12 events including races in Canada, Turkey and Argentina, and at new European Circuits in Belgium and Italy. Read the rest of this entry »
Sébastien Loeb will compete in the FIA European Rallycross Championship for the first time at Loheac in France on the weekend of August 31-September 1.
Sébastien will drive a Citroen DS3 Supercar in the event, which forms round seven of the nine-event championship. The 39-year-old, nine-time World Rally Champion, adds this Rallycross outing to his calendar in a year in which will see him embark on a diverse range of events including rounds of the World Rally Championship, FIA GT Series and Pikes Peak Hill Climb.
The Frenchman has previously driven a rallycross car in competition only once; using a Citroen DS3 Supercar to win an X Games gold medal in Los Angeles last July.
“2013 is definitely a year full of challenges. I received an invitation from the [Rallycross Loheac] organiser Patrick Germain, and I decided to answer positively,” said Loeb. Read the rest of this entry »
The best of British rallycross drivers will have to contend with a notable foreign challenge when the British Rallycross Grand Prix takes place at Croft Circuit this weekend. Nearly 90 drivers will converge on the North Yorkshire circuit for the two-day meeting.
In the SuperCars class, Belgium’s Jos Jansen will be in action in his Ford Focus, where he will line up against Finnish driver Silvo Viitanen (ERC Fiesta Mk7), but the pair will have to face a very strong British challenge headed by local ace Kevin Procter in his Ford Focus.
Procter won the Superprix equivalent back in ‘09 at Croft, but has never lifted the MSA Grand Prix title, so where better than Croft this year when his own transportation company (Procters Luxury Coaches) is sponsoring the event. Former GP winner Pat Doran will be a major threat in his Citroen DS3 too, as will 2011 British Champion Julian Godfrey (Ford Fiesta), and both will be looking to run the GB1 plate on Sunday, as the destiny of the 2012 British Rallycross Championship crown will be decided at Croft on Saturday.
Welshman Mike Manning makes a welcome return in his Ford Puma, looking for victory Mike will face stiff opposition from the Ford Focuses of Andy Scott and Andy Grant, as well as the Citroen C4 of Steve Harris in a quality SuperCar field that also includes Colin Anson (Ford Ka) and the Subarus of Simon Horton and Gary Pusey. Read the rest of this entry »
A week before the final title-deciding British Rallycross Championship round and British Rallycross Grand Prix takes place at Croft circuit in North Yorkshire many of the leading drivers will be in Northallerton to meet the public, show off their machines, and even perform some demonstrations this coming Sunday.
For the first time ever for a motorsport event, the High Street in the town will be closed and organisers will put on a live demonstration of a selection of Rallycross cars. There will be a static display too, with the public able to see the cars at close quarters. Associate sponsor, Star Radio, will also be present and talking to the drivers and public.
Amongst those taking part will be Kevin Procter in his Ford Focus Supercar, the SuperModified Lotus Exige of York’s Ashley Simpson and former British Grand Prix and multiple Championship winner Pat Doran’s Citroën DS3 driven by Graham Rodemark. Most of the local competitors taking part in the following weekend’s GP will also be present. Read the rest of this entry »
UK rallycross star Liam Doran won the final round of the FIA European Rallycross Championship in Germany on Sunday, snatching second place in the championship away from American racer Tanner Foust in the process. Run on the Estering near Hamburg, the German event was another made arduous by mixed weather conditions, but with confidence high, Doran ran in the top four all weekend, and peaked at just the right moment.
“The team spirit was raised last weekend when we got second in Finland. I wasn’t happy because I really felt that we could have won there but the conditions were terrible and everyone in the team had worked so hard for that result that I could feel things were working better, with that I felt confident coming to Germany and I liked the track when we here a couple of years ago,” said Liam. “The event started well and I set the fastest lap in timed practice and when it rained in the first heat we had the fastest car on the track but then the conditions changed and we had that crazy challenge of a drying track. We had to work all day Sunday to get a dry setup in the car. The heats weren’t bad even if we didn’t really set the world alight, the pressure was on in the final and that helped me because I knew the win was there.” Read the rest of this entry »
A few days after winning Rally New Zealand, eight times World Rally Champion, Sébastien Loeb, headed to California to take part in the X Games Los Angeles. Seb would compete in a 545hp Citroën DS3 XL.
The controversial city-centre circuit designed for the event, surrounded by concrete barriers and no run-off areas, witnessed some appalling crashes and very poor safety standards. Toomas Heikkinen was the first victim of the event, crashing into a solid landing ramp, before his car landed on its roof and caught fire, all while event workers looked on. Multiple World Rally Champion Marcus Grönholm was also involved in an accident, when his car struck an exposed light post base. Heikkinen was fortunate to walk away with a broken left ankle and abdominal injuries, whilst Grönholm was knocked unconscious and transported to hospital where he remains, fortunately now conscious.
2011 gold medal winner, Liam Doran, made it clear he would not complete practice until the track had been adjusted by organisers. This resulted in a loss of practice for him, setting back his weekend, and gold medal chances. Read the rest of this entry »