FIA World RX descends on Silverstone for inaugural event

The FIA World Rallycross Championship heads to British shores this weekend (May 25/26/27) for the highly-anticipated Speedmachine Festival, held at Silverstone.

Moving from its spiritual home of Lydden Hill to the Northamptonshire venue, the British Automobile Racing Club will once again play a role in the organisation and administration for the fourth event of the season for the series this year.

In what is an eagerly-anticipated event, on-track action is just the beginning of what those attending can expect.

Live music, street food and drink, drifting, track demos and display’s and manufacturer test drives are just a flavour of the off-track entertainment whilst there will be full-throttle thrills ’n’ spills on-track.

Situated in the shadow of the Silverstone Wing on the Stowe circuit, the new-for-2018 rallycross layout at the home of British motorsport has already had rave reviews after operating for the first time in March at the Toyo Tires MSA British Rallycross Championship curtain-raiser.

Reigning champion Johan Kristoffersson enters the weekend as the man to beat, sitting atop of the drivers’ standings. Winning the opening two events, the Volkswagen racer has been in irresistible form, as has his team-mate Petter Solberg, making them both ones to keep a keen eye on.

Sebastian Loeb is hot on Kristoffersson’s heels however after notching victory in Belgium. The nine-time World Rally champion arrives at Silverstone having already tasting success around the new venue, emerging as the winner at the British round only a couple of months ago.

Throw into the mix the EKS duo of Andreas Bakkerud and Mattias Ekstrom and picking a winner for outright glory will prove to be difficult.

Fans will have plenty of home heroes to cheer on as well with 2013 BTCC champion Andrew Jordan heading up the entry list. Reverting to his roots for the first of three rounds with MJP Racing Team Austria in a Ford Fiesta, Jordan is set to take on a starring role.

Ollie O’Donovan, Oliver Bennett, Andy Scott and Mark Higgins will all also fly the British flag on home soil over the weekend, each looking to make their mark along the way.

Away from the FIA World Rallycross Championship there will also be plenty of edge-of-the-seat thrills from the RX2 and European Rallycross categories.