LET­TERS Sad for Lydden

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Hav­ing been a huge rallycross fan since my fa­ther took me to the Euro­pean rallycross round at Lydden Hill in 1980, I can­not be­lieve the news that as of 2018, Sil­ver­stone will be host­ing the UK’S round of the World RX se­ries.

Lydden is the spir­i­tual home of the sport and is adored by driv­ers and fans alike. It is a unique venue, with its bowl-like po­si­tion cre­at­ing an am­phithe­atre-like set­ting. Not only be­ing a treat for spec­ta­tors its fast flow­ing and un­du­lat­ing de­sign be­ing a real chal­lenge for driv­ers also.

So this is now to be re­placed by the se­ries play­ing sec­ond fid­dle to some motorsport cir­cus at Sil­ver­stone with the cars I sus­pect trav­el­ling round a flat square like cre­ation within the in­field hun­dreds of yards away from the near­est spec­ta­tor. And this is progress...

I can’t help but feel let down and some­what be­trayed by the pro­mot­ers IMG, al­though I’m sure they have their rea­sons.

For the good of rallycross in the UK, let’s hope they are good ones. I se­ri­ously hope that pro­mot­ers IMG and the FIA get their fingers burnt on this one and the se­ries re­turns to its right­ful place soon. That is, if Lydden is still in op­er­a­tion then. A sad day in­deed.

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