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A record entry of Supercars will enter round two of the FIA World Rallycross Championship at Lydden Hill in two weeks' time

12 May 2014
by Dan Wright

Rallycross fans are set for a weekend to remember at Lydden Hill in two weeks' time - after a record entry was announced for its FIA World Rallycross Championship round.

No fewer than 37 flame-spitting Supercars will line up at the Canterbury circuit on May 24-25, in what is the circuit's biggest-ever entry for the headlining class.

It comes as the event will bring together both World and European championships, making for a stellar line up of drivers at the the 'home of rallycross.'

A fantastic Supercar field will head to Lydden. Picture - Lydden Hill Press Office

A fantastic Supercar field will head to Lydden. Picture - Lydden Hill Press Office

The massive number of Supercars on the provisional entry list is topped by Petter Solberg, the 2003 World Rally Champion, who won the opening round of the World series in Portugal earlier this month in his Citroen DS3.

The current British Touring Car champion and former Rallycross star Andrew Jordan will race, while local hero Liam Doran has ground to make up after the Monster Energy World RX Team driver failed to score in the season-opener.

The racing is sure to be close. Picture - Lydden Hill Press Office

The racing is sure to be close. Picture - Lydden Hill Press Office

Elsewhere, OlsbergsMSE Ford drivers Andreas Bakkerud and Reinis Nitiss will be looking to build on their podium finishes in Portugal, and Tanner Foust, the event winner from Lydden last year, will also be competing.

Foust is better known in America where he presents the US version of the Top Gear TV programme, but is also a renowned racer who will switch from his usual Ford Fiesta mount to a VW Polo for this season.

Tanner Foust won the Lydden event last year. Picture - Joe Wright

Tanner Foust won the Lydden event last year. Picture - Joe Wright

“It’s an incredible entry – by far the best we’ve ever had at Lydden,” enthused circuit owner Pat Doran.

“The advent of a new world championship for rallycross was a huge step forwards but to have nearly 40 of these sensational Supercars all battling out for the top prize here has exceeded even our wildest expectations.

Everyone will be going to beat Petter Solberg, who won round one. Picture - Lydden Hill Press Office

Everyone will be going to beat Petter Solberg, who won round one. Picture - Lydden Hill Press Office

"It’s going to be an amazing event and one that no-one will want to miss.”  

The thrilling bill over the Spring Bank Holiday weekend also includes knock-out heats and finals for Super1600, TouringCar and RX Lites.

Support races will come from the Super 1600 class. Picture - Joe Wright

Support races will come from the Super 1600 class. Picture - Joe Wright

Special races for legendary Group B rallycross cars from the eighties and nineties will also feature, in which the circuit owner will feature. 

A great line-up of Supercars will come to Kent. Picture - Joe Wright

A great line-up of Supercars will come to Kent. Picture - Joe Wright

Tickets for the FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy, Round 2, Autosport Rallycross of Great Britain at Lydden Hill on 24-25 May are available.

Via either the official lyddenhillevents.co.uk website or the Ticket Hotline on 0844 858 8518 (calls cost 6p per minute plus network extras).

Discounts of up to 20 per cent are on offer for those booking in advance.

Accompanied children aged 12 and under are admitted free.

 

 

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