Two-time Le Mans winner Alex Wurz makes his debut in the FIA World Rallycross Championship this weekend at Hell in Norway. 

One of Austria’s most successful drivers ever, Wurz is driving a Ford Fiesta Supercar for MJP Racing Team Austria in Norway, together with team owner Max Pucher.

“I’m getting a bit nervous lining up next to the big dogs and big names of rallycross with my little experience but I’m super exited, it took a little while to make this happen but now I’ve found the time and I can’t wait to get started. The track at Hell is awesome, it’s really up and down like a roller coaster,” said Wurz. “I did a shakedown a few weeks ago, about 21 kilometers and last year I had 25 kilometers in Max’s car so maybe not as much preparation as I wish but in the end you have to start in cold water, get in and get going.”

The three-time Formula One podium finisher completed his first laps on a World RX circuit this afternoon in Norway, where he was 18th quickest in Free Practice. PSRX Volkswagen Sweden’s Johan Kristoffersson stopped the clocks first in FP1, ahead of EKS Audi Sport’s Andreas Bakkerud and Team Peugeot Total’s Timmy Hansen.

“My Dad was a three-time European Rallycross Champion so I love this sport and it’s really sweet to be here,” said Wurz. “The sport is explosive, short, sideways, actually all that you want as a petrolhead. You can’t wait for a split second, half a hole is enough to dive in and this is so contrary to what I had for 20 years as a pure racer in Le Mans or Formula 1. It’s the wild stuff which attracts me, I can’t wait to get started.”

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