FIA World Rallycross 2015 Season Heads To Hockenheim For The First Time
FIA World Rallycross Lands At Hockenheim For Round 2 Of The 2015 Season
Just one short week later, round two of the FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy takes place at Hockenheim this weekend (30 April-3 May) as the World RX teams and drivers prepare for some exhilarating motorsport action alongside the highly-acclaimed DTM series (German Touring Car Masters).
A total of 22 World RX Supercars including the permanent World Championship drivers will compete at the famous Hockenheimring, which has also been home to the German F1 race. Joining World RX for the first time this year will be the all-new JRM Racing team which will field two MINI Countryman RX Supercars driven by Americans, Danny Way and Dave Mirra.
Martin Anayi, World RX Managing Director for IMG, spoke positively about the latest boost for the FIA’s newest World Championship event: “It is a great honour to partner with DTM at their 2015 season-opening weekend at the Hockenheimring. We have been extremely impressed with the professionalism we have seen from ITR in running DTM and we can’t wait to show the German motorsport audience just how special World RX is.”
The Hockenheimring was originally built in 1932 and is home to the biannual German Formula One race, held most recently in 2014. It has also staged DTM since the Championship’s inaugural season back in 1984. Since 2011, Hockenheimring has hosted both the opening and closing rounds of DTM with World RX driver Mattias Ekstrom winning last year’s season-finale in front of a sell-out crowd. Working closely with Apex Circuit Design, a purpose built rallycross circuit is being built in the famous “Sachs Arena” stadium section of the impressive German venue.
The new partnership between IMG and ITR is part of a multi-year deal which sees the F1 circuit added to the growing list of world-famous race circuits that now boast purpose-built rallycross circuits.
iON team member Petter Solberg heads into round 2 sharing the top spot on the leaderboard with Johan KRISTOFFERSSON. Round 2 of the 2014 WorldRX season at Lydden Hill proved tricky for Petter as he had an unfortunate spin out in the final round as he battled for the lead. This weekend provides opportunity for Petter to have another big weekend as he tries to separate himself from the rest of the pack.