Saturday 30th of May 2020

In a shock last-minute entry Scuderia Ferrari Formula 1 driver Charles Leclerc will follow in the footsteps of ex-F1 Champion Jacques Villeneuve by joining an FIA World Rallycross Championship grid tomorrow, 31 May, but in the case of Ferrari’s latest sensation, his rallycross debut will be in the virtual world.


Leclerc will race in the first in a new series of World RX Esports Invitational events at Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina Circuit, driving a 208 WRX, the car that scooped the FIA World RX Drivers’ and Teams’ Championships last season.


The Monegasque driver’s debut rallycross start will be his first experience of officially racing on DiRT Rally 2.0™, with the events run in partnership with Esports specialist Motorsport Games, and DiRT video game publisher Codemasters.


Leclerc will line up against some of the biggest names in rallycross, including World RX Champion Timmy Hansen and his brother Kevin, racing for Team Hansen, and Norway’s Andreas Bakkerud, driving for Monster Energy GCK RX Cartel and other guest entries such as former Supercars Champion Van Shane Van Gisbergen.


The event will be comprised of 22 races and form a two-and-a-half hour show on May 31 on World RX Facebook and YouTube, as well as on


Read the entry list lowdown here.


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