Lydden Hill Poised for WorldRX 2015

Lydden Hill is gearing up for the return of the FIA World Rallycross Championship in just under a fortnight’s time.

As the spiritual home of the sport, having hosted both international and club level rallycross competitions since 1967, Lydden is delighted that the sole UK round of this year’s WorldRX series is returning to the Kent-based track for a weekend of wheel-to-wheel action, on the 22nd 24th May.

For the uninitiated, Rallycross is the perfect blend of off-road rally, and on-road circuit racing; pitching fire spitting 600bhp cars, capable of 0-60mph in under two seconds against each other, in a short circuit race format.

Designed for both the fans and drivers alike, WorldRX racing is fast paced and intense, with a typical weekend featuring in excess of 50 races, ensuring that there is never a dull moment.

If that wasn’t enough Lydden’s World Championship Rallycross weekend will feature displays from Retro Rallycross – demonstrating classic rally and motorsport machinery – as well as drift racing shows by Monster Energy athletes Steve ‘Baggsy’ Biagioni and Luke Woodham.

This year’s headlining Supercar class boasts 30 entries. On top of the eight permanent two-car teams and two individual drivers, a number of British drivers make up the list of 12 wildcards who will also be taking to the wheel at Lydden.

Double British rally champion Guy Wilks will make his World RX debut in a JRM Racing Mini RX, while 2013 British Touring Car Champion Andrew Jordan will return this year in a Team Peugeot-Hansen Peugeot 208, having a taken 3rd place at laste year’s WorldRX event. Former World Rallycross veteran Andy Scott will return to the driving seat in an Albatec Racing run Peugeot 208, joined in the team by David Binks, who made his World RX debut at Loheac, France, last season.

Four-time British Rallycross champion Julian Godfrey will also contest the event his successful Ford Fiesta, joined by Kevin Procter, who won the French round of the FIA European Rallycross Championship in 2012. Former British champion and 2015 Euro RX competitor Ollie O’Donovan will also start at his home event.

American Top Gear star Tanner Foust will make his second appearance of the season for Marklund Motorsport, on a track where he has historically done well, having claimed two victories at the venue in the last three years.

Defending WorldRX champion, Petter Solberg, who is teamed up with Liam Doran – a Kent local and former Sittingbourne resident – is excited about the prospect of racing again at the home of rallycross.

“I’m very excited to go back to Lydden Hill,” said Solberg. “My final run there resulted in a win (Top Gear Race in December). I believe that the four first World RX races will be decisive for the whole World Championship. The competition will be very hard, but I’m hoping for a great result to follow up the fantastic Norwegian results from the past after Martin Schanche (10 wins), Per Engseth, Sverre Isachsen and Andreas Bakkerud.”

“I always get a buzz out of racing in front of the home crowds at Lydden,” added Doran. “Historically I haven’t had the best results there, as I’ve always pushed a little bit too hard to try and secure the result.But this season already feels very different in terms of our preparation and the way I am in the car. It’s going to be an exciting weekend for sure.”

2013 BTCC champion Andrew Jordan also added “Last year I went to Lydden for the first time aiming to reach the semi finals. But this time I know I have the pace to be right up there with the top guys. You always need a bit of luck but, after the podium last year, the aim has to be to win!”

Advance tickets are priced from just £25 for Saturday and £30 for Sunday. These will rise to £30 and £35 for any remaining general admission tickets to be sold on the gate. Accompanied children aged 12 and under will be admitted free of charge, while VIP Hospitality and a limited number of grandstand tickets are also available in advance.