British RX to open new Silverstone track

The opening round of next season’s British Rallycross Championship will be the first event to run on the new Silverstone rallycross circuit, built to host the British round of the World Rallycross Championship from May next year. 

British RX will start on Saturday March 17 at the Northamptonshire venue, using all of the facilities that will be used by the World Championship two months later. It will allow Silverstone bosses to have an operational run-through. 

The international paddock behind The Wing building will be used, while future national events at the venue will use the Stowe Complex paddock and an alternative start line, to allow The Wing building to be used for other activities on the same day. 

The circuit was launched in May this year, and will replace Lydden Hill as host of the British World RX round from 2018, as part of the Speedmachine Festival. Events at Lydden Hill, Pembrey and Croft are expected to remain on the British RX calendar, which will be released at the end of October. 

Championship manager Tim Whittington said: “I think this is hugely significant for the championship, British Rallycross has been crying out for a Midlands venue for years and years, and now we have absolutely the best Midland venue you can have, in the heart of British motorsport.

“Running the British championship event at Silverstone, using the international facilities, will allow for a run-through ahead of the World championship round, which is important. We will welcome any drivers who wish to come and experience the circuit ahead of the World Championship event too. 

“We will announce the full calendar soon, which obviously needs to steer clear of World and European Championship dates.” 

The final round of the British RX 2017 will take place at Croft in two weeks’ time.

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