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RALLYCROSS STARS WOWED CROWDS AT AUTOSPORT SHOW

Rallycross starred at the Autosport International Show in Birmingham last weekend, where announcements were made about 2017 and drivers and cars from the last five decades stole the show in the Live Action Arena.

Andreas Bakkerud travelled from making his rally debut in Norway to drive a Ford Focus Supercar at the show, joining FIA World Rallycross Championship finalists Guy Wilks and Liam Doran in doing donuts for the crowds. Latvia’s Reinis Nitiss and Janis Baumanis drove buggies, and Euro RX racers Derek Tohill, Kevin Procter and Ollie O’Donovan were also in action. Team Peugeot-Hansen Team Principal Kenneth Hansen joined the first ever European Rallycross Champion, John Taylor, for interviews as part of the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the sport.

“It was my first time at the Autosport show and the track layout was cool to show rallycross cars in front of everyone. It was great to celebrate the big history of rallycross, with the old Group B cars and before that,” said Bakkerud. “My personally favourite was the Martin Schanche Ford Escort Zakspeed which I remember from when I was very young. The fans knowing me and all the rallycross drivers was pretty cool and it was really fun, especially after going from doing a rally in a car with 180bhp and front-wheel drive to driving a four-wheel drive rallycross Supercar with almost 600bhp!”

In the show, the re-branded RX2 category was launched on Thursday. FIA European Championship competitor Ollie O’Donovan announced that he will race in Euro RX and selected World RX events in 2017, including Britain’s round at Lydden Hill and South Africa’s finale at the Killarney Circuit in Cape Town. O’Donovan’s Ford Fiesta Supercar has undergone a number of upgrades over the winter, including on the engine, and was on display at the Autosport Show.

 

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