Round four of the FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy takes place over the Bank Holiday in Great Britain this weekend (28-29 May) as the World Championship returns to Lydden Hill in Kent. A total of 63 cars have entered (24 Supercars, 29 Super1600 cars and 10 RX Lites) and this year’s line-up includes six British drivers such as multiple X Games medallist Liam Doran and double British Rally Champion, Guy Wilks
Lydden Hill race circuit shot to international fame when World RX was featured on the final television episode of BBC Top Gear in 2015, which saw James May go head-to-head with rallycross regulars including Petter Solberg and Timmy Hansen. Jeremy Clarkson announced he thought the sport was “brilliant” and James May declared rallycross was “pound for pound the most exciting sport in the world.”
After three World RX rounds, it’s Sweden’s Mattias Ekstrom who leads the overall drivers’ standings for EKS RX following back-to-back victories at Hockenheim and Belgium. Ekstrom will also be eager to take a hat-trick of wins after reigning Champion Solberg pipped him to the Lydden Hill victory by a mere three tenths of a second last year.
Alongside the 17 permanent World RX drivers (including star names Sebastien Loeb and Ken Block), there will also be two wildcard entries for Lydden Hill: Tanner Foust and Guy Wilks. US-based Top Gear presenter Foust, the only American to have won a World RX round, will join the Volkswagen RX Sweden team at Lydden Hill, a circuit where he has twice won European Rallycross Championship events in the past.
Former WRC driver Guy Wilks will return to the driving seat in an Olsbergs MSE-run Fiesta Supercar, a 600bhp four-wheel-drive machine which is faster off the line than a Formula One car. Wilks reached last year’s final at Lydden Hill on his RX debut but was denied a podium spot due to a puncture.