The Bri­tish GP venue lands the rights to host show­piece FIA event

Motor Sport News - - Sporting Scene - By Matt James

Sil­ver­stone has won the rights to host Bri­tain’s round of the FIA World Rallycross Cham­pi­onship in a multi-year deal.

The UK’S round of the mixed sur­face dis­ci­pline has taken place at Ly­d­den Hill since the world cham­pi­onship was in­tro­duced in 2014, but the Kent venue will be side­lined in favour of the home of the Bri­tish Grand Prix.

In a state­ment to mem­bers of the Bri­tish Rac­ing Driv­ers’ Club, the owner of the venue, BRDC chair­man John Grant ex­plained that a spe­cially de­signed track would be cre­ated on the site of the cur­rent Stowe cir­cuit.

“The pop­u­lar­ity of WRX is grow­ing rapidly, be­ing heav­ily pro­moted by IMG who have brought sev­eral big name driv­ers to the sport,” said Grant. “Sil­ver­stone has agreed sen­si­ble com­mer­cial ar­range­ments with lim­ited risk and sub­stan­tial op­por­tu­nity.”

The event will re­tain its date on the Bank Hol­i­day week­end at the end of May, and or­gan­is­ers are hop­ing to turn the meet­ing into a week­end-long fes­ti­val with other attractions. The cars will be based in The Wing pit com­plex and will use the Stowe cir­cuit, but run in the op­po­site (clock­wise) di­rec­tion. The cars will start from the straight next to The Wing, giv­ing them a long run up to a hair­pin right-han­der as the open­ing cor­ner. A spokesman said: “Be­cause it is go­ing from a run­way to an­other one, it will be wide and the cars could all go around the first cor­ner side by side. We have the ca­pac­ity to build grand­stands sur­round­ing the first cor­ner so it is al­most like an arena sec­tion. The cars will then head onto the in­field and we will cre­ate jumps and yumps to make it re­ally ex­cit­ing. We think this event can be­come some­thing very spe­cial on the Sil­ver­stone an­nual cal­en­dar.”

Sil­ver­stone has never held rallycross, al­though it used to host rallysprints on a spe­cially de­signed course along­side the Han­gar Straight. It has also been host to spe­cial stages of the RAC Rally in the past.

Pho­tos: LAT

Stowe cir­cuit will be trans­formed

Ly­d­den Hill has held the FIA event since 2014

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