09 Jun Rallycross on the Expansion Trail
Rallycross on the Expansion Trail
The spectator grandstands on the verge of the rallycross track at Killarney, are nearing completion.
With the new spectator facilities for the Cape Town round of the world rallycross championship at Killarney in November nearing completion, news that next year’s British event was shifting from Lydden Hill in the south east of England, to the iconic Silverstone circuit, home of the British Formula 1 Grand Prix, was a clear indication that this latest form of international motorsport is continuing to expand.
Unveiled at a high profile, media launch at Silverstone at the end of last month, tickets for the inaugural SpeedMachine Rallycross Festival on 25-27 May 2018, were offered for sale immediately.
And listening to the IMG and Monster Energy organisers, the race weekend is going to be held in typical, brash American edge-of-your-seat action style. This is despite the fact that it is hardly the type of promotion one would have expected from the more conservative, up-market BRDC (British Racing Drivers Club), the owners of the WW2 bomber base that they have developed into the renowned Silverstone motorsport complex.
The launch gave a taste of what to expect from the festival itself, with Rallycross Supercars taking passengers on laps of the new Silverstone RX circuit, a car parade through the Silverstone international pit boxes, Codemasters Dirt 4 simulators, e-gaming, the finest street food and top class musical entertainment. Campers are also gpoing to be catered for.
Paul Bellamy, World RX Managing Director for IMG concluded: “It’s always been our desire at IMG to create a large scale festival weekend with world championship motorsport at the heart of it and we are delighted that Silverstone is able to share our vision for the future. The move comes at a pivotal time in rallycross history, with the sport celebrating its 50th anniversary this year and continuing its rapid growth.”