Off the back of his dominant campaign in the FIA European Rallycross Championship’s Euro RX3 series, Yury Belevskiy will make his debut at the highest level next month, as he joins the FIA World Rallycross Championship grid for the Nürburgring double-header season finale (27-28 November).
Spurred on by the disappointment of topping the points table but not being awarded the title last year – due to the Covid-shortened campaign – Belevskiy has been on imperious form for Volland Racing in 2021, winning four of the five events on the calendar and tallying an astonishing 147 points out of a possible 150, 32 clear of his nearest rival.
The Russian clinched the coveted crown in characteristically commanding fashion at Montalegre earlier this month, and having successfully proven what he is capable of at Euro RX3 level, he is now excited to step up to the international pinnacle of the discipline.
“I’m really looking forward to racing in the World Championship for the first time,” the Moscow native enthused. “We’ve obviously had a fantastic season together in Euro RX3, and when Rolf Volland offered me the chance to compete at the Nürburgring too, it was an opportunity I simply couldn’t refuse!
“It’ll be crazy and a little bit daunting to go up against drivers like Johan Kristoffersson and Timmy Hansen – real legends of the sport – and I’m under no illusions that I’m facing a steep learning curve. At least with the track being new to the calendar this year, everyone will be starting off on a level playing field to a certain extent, but still the primary goal is to continue gaining experience. If we can come away with a good result as well, that will be the cherry on top.”
From his three national-level RX1 outings to-date in Volland Racing’s Audi S1 – one in Hungary and two in France – Belevskiy has set the pace in eight out of 12 qualifying sessions, twice claimed TQ honours and registered his maiden victory at the Kakucs Ring last month. Team owner Volland has no doubt that the 26-year-old has the ability to shine on the World Championship stage too.
“Yury has clearly demonstrated that he is ready to take the next step in his career,” affirmed the 13-time German Rallycross Champion. “It was a tough field in Euro RX3 this season, so to win four events out of five was a remarkable achievement.
“His performances in France and Hungary in recent weeks have similarly been extremely encouraging, and I am now excited to see how Yury shapes up against the very best rallycross drivers in the world. I think he will surprise people...”