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Thu 29 Feb 2024

Essay making ‘significant investment’ for Euro RX return

The Circuit des Ducs is pulling out all the stops ahead of Essay’s return to the FIA European Rallycross Championship this season...

The new owner of the Circuit des Ducs says he is pulling out all the stops ahead of Essay’s return to the FIA European Rallycross Championship this season, pointing to a ‘significant investment’ in the venue to ‘bring it back to a standard it deserves’.


It was announced yesterday that the Normandy circuit – which hosted France’s inaugural Euro RX event in 1978 – will rejoin the international stage this year for the first time since 2011, as it raises the curtain on the 2024 RX2e, Euro RX1 and Euro RX3 campaigns on 8-9 June.


Essay’s layout and location have made it a popular test track for French and international teams over the years, while producing exciting racing in its unique, intimate amphitheatre-like setting. Having recently entered new ownership, all of its facilities are currently undergoing a substantial overhaul to bring them up to the required level.


“I have been totally captivated by this wonderful circuit since taking it over last year,” commented Circuit des Ducs owner, Howard MacPherson. “When I arrived for the first time for a test day I immediately fell in love with the venue, and we are making a significant investment to bring it back to a standard it deserves.


“The Circuit des Ducs is a big part of the community in Essay. It has a massive history in French and international rallycross and it’s a huge vote of confidence that we are hosting the European Championship in our first season of running the venue.


“I must say a big thanks to the promoter for having faith in us, the local community in Essay who have welcomed us with open arms and the ASA des Ducs club that is such an integral part of events happening at this venue. We are so excited for the future – first with 2024, and then beyond.”


Following the Essay season-opener, the five-round Euro RX schedule will continue with World Championship-supporting events at Höljes in Sweden (6-7 July), Nyirád in Hungary (27-28 July), Mettet in Belgium (17-18 August) and Montalegre in Portugal (7-8 September).