BUT­TON HINTS AT RALLYCROSS IN 2017

NA­TIONAL HOT ROD RACER

Motor Sport News - - Sporting Scene - Pho­tos: mck­lein-im­age­database.com, Hal Ridge

Jen­son But­ton has con­firmed his in­ten­tion to com­pete in rallycross fol­low­ing his re­tire­ment from F1, speak­ing at the sea­son fi­nale in Abu Dhabi last week­end.

Speak­ing to Chan­nel 4 F1 pre­sen­ters David Coulthard and Mark Web­ber, But­ton ad­mit­ted that he is plan­ning to com­pete in the mixed-sur­face dis­ci­pline in re­sponse to a ques­tion from Web­ber about what the 2009 World Cham­pion’s plans were for the Mon­day af­ter the 2016 F1 sea­son.

“We’ll talk about our rallycross team that we’re go­ing to have in the fu­ture,” said But­ton, be­fore be­ing re­minded by Coulthard that he was live on Chan­nel 4.

“I think they’re [World Rallycross] rac­ing this week­end as well. Hope­fully we’ll get rallycross on Chan­nel 4 as well be­cause we need the big push.

“It’s a proper cat­e­gory. Se­ri­ously, there’s no rub­bish in rallycross, it’s just full on sports­man­ship, love and pas­sion.”

But­ton has al­luded to the fact he wants to com­pete in rallycross a num­ber of times when ques­tioned about his post-f1 ca­reer, but the C4 in­ter­view was the English­man’s first solid in­di­ca­tion that he plans to cre­ate his own team to com­pete in the dis­ci­pline.

But­ton’s fa­ther John com­peted in rallycross in the late 1970s with a Volk­swa­gen Beetle and then Golf, while Jen­son sam­pled rallycross ma­chin­ery for the first time when he drove James Harrold’s Retro Rallycross Volk­swa­gen Beetle and JRM Rac­ing’s World RX Mini Su­per­car for a BBC F1 fea­ture last year, along­side Coulthard at Ly­d­den Hill.

It isn’t known if But­ton’s con­tin­ued deal with Mclaren into 2017 means he can only race a car from the team’s en­gine sup­plier Honda. If that were the case, the only Hon­das cur­rently com­pet­ing in rallycross are Ols­bergsmse’s Civic Coupes in the Amer­i­can-based Global Rallycross Cham­pi­onship, al­though the Swedish squad had in­tended to race in the Cana­dian round of the World Cham­pi­onship in the car this sum­mer but were de­layed by get­ting the car added to the list of cars not ho­molo­gated by the FIA but el­i­gi­ble in Su­per­car prior to the event.

But­ton wants to join this pack...

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