DA Racing will compete at Lydden Hill for the first time this weekend as the 2017 FIA World Rallycross Championship moves to the spiritual home of Rallycross, with the team in high spirits of closing in on the top twelve.
So far this year, Jean-Baptiste Dubourg has been the only driver in the team to make the Semi-Finals stage and this was back in the World RX of Spain. Since then, the French driver has been plagued by mechanical issues that have not allowed him to show the speed he is known for. However he feels privileged to be racing at the legendary circuit playing host to the 2017 World RX of Great Britain.
“I will drive at Lydden Hill for the first time this weekend and it’s a privilege to race on such a legendary circuit,” explains Dubourg. “One of the key characteristics is its joker lap, which is located just after the start at the entrance to the first corner. You have to decide quickly which route to take.”
Dubourg knows how to make sure that he starts off well on Saturday.
“The loose is quite rough and bumpy so requires the chassis to be good. For that reason, it’s important for us to restart with the good foundations we found at the last round in Mettet to continue our progress.”
Gregoire Demoustier will take part in his fourth World RX event of the year and is hoping that some of his circuit skills play to his strengths as he looks to close on the faster, more experienced drivers.
“It’s a very intense discipline. On top of the individual results of each race, my main objective for this year is to familiarise myself with this new environment and to continue settling into the 208 WRX,” explains the Belgian. “I have a good feeling at the wheel but I still have a few tenths of a second to find and to do that I will seize every opportunity and fight for my position on track.”