CARO­LINE SWAPS THE CIR­CUITS FOR RALLYCROSS BUGGY CHAL­LENGE

For­mula 4 bat­tler to try RX150 at Croft

Motor Sport News - - Sporting Scene - By Hal Ridge Pho­tos:hal Ridge, Dun­can Stephens

Bri­tish F4 race win­ner Jamie Caro­line will make his rallycross de­but at the fi­nal round of the Bri­tish Rallycross Cham­pi­onship next week, driv­ing the celebrity buggy in the RX150 cat­e­gory.

As is now tra­di­tional for the se­ries, the Bri­tish RX fi­nale takes place at Croft in North York­shire, a cir­cuit that Caro­line has past ex­pe­ri­ence of on the as­phalt, but not the un­sealed rallycross sec­tions.

“I”m de­lighted to have been of­fered this fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity,” said the Pirtek-backed driver, who claimed his first F4 vic­tory at the Brands Hatch sea­son closer ear­lier this month.

“I’ve al­ways been in­ter­ested in rallycross and I can see how much the sport is grow­ing at the mo­ment, so hav­ing this ex­pe­ri­ence will be amaz­ing,” said Caro­line. “I love driv­ing in sin­gle-seaters, es­pe­cially in the wet and slip­pery con­di­tions so it will be in­ter­est­ing to see how I get on with loose sur­faces. I love Croft as a cir­cuit too, so I’m look­ing for­ward to see­ing what rallycross of­fers.”

DMACK Fi­esta Tro­phy leader Osian Pryce raced the buggy in the penul­ti­mate round of the se­ries at Pem­brey and fin­ished on the podium.

“There’s been a range of driv­ers race the celebrity buggy this sea­son, and I’m sure Jamie will be fight­ing for the podium at Croft,” said RX150 pro­mo­tor, Ol­lie O’dono­van. “Croft is a fast cir­cuit in rallycross terms, but com­ing from cir­cuit rac­ing I’m sure Jamie will have no prob­lems adapt­ing to that.”

Caro­line, who is the son of for­mer TVR Tus­can Chal­lenge cham­pion Lee, is ex­pected to test an RX150 buggy for the first time this week. The Croft cir­cuit is un­der­go­ing de­vel­op­ments ahead of the Bri­tish RX event, which in­cludes the widen­ing of the loose sur­face sec­tions, be­fore and af­ter the hair­pin.

Kitch­ing has won the 2016 crown Caro­line will han­dle the mo­tor­cy­cle-en­gined RX150 Caro­line: F4 race win­ner

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