Lydden Hill Race Circuit has been announced as the opening venue for the 2011 FIA European Rallycross Championship calendar.

The Kent circuit was one of thirteen bidding to feature on the ten round calendar for next season.

Lydden Hill Race Circuit Managing Director Amy Doran was elated at the announcement, after the circuit successfully hosted the British round of the ERC in May of this year, and also held the ERC season opener during April of 2009.

“I'm delighted that we have been successful and that we will bring this major European event back to Kent again next year”, said Doran.

Doran took over as the Managing Director at Lydden Hill in 2008, and was key in having Lydden added to the ERC calendar in 2009, after an absence of some twelve years.

The feat to secure a place on the calendar, despite being one of the less experienced organisers, is down to the nature in which the circuit has been run since Doran took over, and to the staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to ensure a first class venue.

“This year was only the second time that we have organised the event and we were ranked third of the ten rounds in the championship, ahead of more experienced organisers. That's a real boost both for my staff at Lydden Hill and the hundreds of volunteer officials who make an event of this stature happen”, said Doran of the efforts made by everyone involved.

Calendar for the 2011 FIA European Rallycross Championship

24/04 – 25/04 – Lydden Hill Race Circuit – Wootton – England
14/05 – 15/05 – Pista Automóvel de Montalegre – Montalegre – Portugal
21/05 – 22/05 – Circuit des Ducs – Essay – France
25/06 – 26/06 – LÃ¥nke Motorsenter – Stjørdal – Norway
02/07 Р03/07 РH̦ljesbanan РH̦ljes РSweden
06/08 – 07/08 – Duivelsbergcircuit – Maasmechelen – Belgium
13/08 – 14/08 – Eurocircuit – Valkenswaard – Netherlands
03/09 – 04/09 – PS Racing Center – Greinbach – Austria
10/09 – 11/09 – Tor SÅ‚omczyn – SÅ‚omczyn – Poland
01/10 – 02/10 – Autodrom ÄŒeská Lípa – Sosnová – Czech Republic

The 2011 calendar is subject to ratification by the World Motorsport Council in November.