LYDDEN HILL SET FOR WORLD RX OF GREAT BRI­TAIN

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The fi­nal count­down is on for the fire spit­ting re­turn of the spec­tac­u­lar World RX of Great Bri­tain at Lydden Hill Race Cir­cuit in Kent.

Sched­uled for its now trade­mark Spring Bank Hol­i­day week­end slot of the 28th and 29th of May, the World RX of Great Bri­tain is the only time that the high-oc­tane cham­pi­onship will go wheel-to-wheel on UK shores this year.

What’s more, as the spir­i­tual home of the sport – with ral­ly­cross hav­ing first turned wheels at the Kent venue in 1967 – it is a true blue riband event for the FIA World Ral­ly­cross Cham­pi­onship, and one that ev­ery sin­gle driver in the se­ries wants to win.

“It’s al­ways a fan­tas­tic week­end to go rac­ing at Lydden Hill,” ex­plained last year’s win­ner and cur­rent de­fend­ing world cham­pion Pet­ter Sol­berg. “The at­mos­phere and the crowds are very spe­cial, and of course we are go­ing there this year to fight hard and win like we did last sea­son. Ral­ly­cross at Lydden is a mas­sive part of the sport and every­one wants to win there, it will be an ex­cit­ing week­end for sure.”

If Pet­ter is to re­peat his dom­i­nant per­for­mance from last sea­son’s World RX of GB, he will have to be on top form though. A full com­ple­ment of fac­to­ry­backed en­tries will be revving up to take the spoils away from him – in­clud­ing nine-time World Rally cham­pion Sébastien Loeb, dou­ble DTM cham­pion Mat­tias Ek­ström, 2014 win­ner An­dreas Bakkerud and Ford Per­for­mance Rac­ing’s Ken Block. Not to men­tion X-games win­ner and Kent lo­cal Liam Do­ran, as well as 2015 vice cham­pion Timmy Hansen.

It all adds up to two epic days of edge of the seat en­ter­tain­ment as packs of high-tech tur­bocharged, 600bhp, four-wheel-drive Su­per­cars – all ca­pa­ble of ac­cel­er­at­ing to 60mph even faster than an F1 car – com­pete against each other for top honours in a num­ber of short and sharp ac­tion­packed races.

As if that isn’t enough, there’s a full sup­port pro­gramme of ju­nior cat­e­gories to keep the on-track ac­tion buzzing, as well as jaw-drop­ping demon­stra­tions of stunt driv­ing and Group-b era Retro Ral­ly­cross cars. Fur­ther in­for­ma­tion, in­clud­ing tick­ets to the World RX of GB are avail­able at www.ly­d­den­hill.co.uk/tick­ets.

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