Menu to Make British Rallycross Debut in October


Alain Menu will debut in British RX in October. Credit: TCR International Series

Double British Touring Car Champion Alain Menu is set to make his rallycross debut in the final round of the 2017 MSA British Rallycross Championship at Croft in Yorkshire.

Menu, who is the only driver of the SuperTouring era to win two BTCC titles in 1997 and 2000, has been working for Warren Scott’s Team BMR Subaru squad as a driver advisor. BMR boss Scott is currently competing in this years British Rallycross Championship, having stepped aside after several seasons as a BTCC driver, to concentrate on running the team.

Warren Scott in the LD Motorsports Run Citroen DS3 at Croft. Photo Credit: Matt Bristow/rubberduckdoes.com

Scott is driving a LD Motorsports prepared Citroen DS3 in the MSA Supercar class and lies in fourth in the points after the opening two rounds of the season, however he explains that his British RX seat is quite popular.

“All of the BTCC drivers want to have a go in my rallycross car, but I am quite protective of it,” explained Scott. “However, there is a chance of adding another car later in the season and Alain has said he would be quite keen to try his hand at rallycross.”

Alain Menu’s last tintop drive was in the WestCoast Racing Honda at Imola in 2016. Credit: TCR International Series

Scott went on to explain the plan, which he revealed to Autosport, that will see the Swiss driver compete in a sister DS3.

“We are aiming to sort something out for him at Croft – he would be in another Citroen DS3, alongside me,” said Scott. “I have loved the events I have done so far this season and the cars are stunning. It has been an eye-opener and I have had some bad luck, but the results are beginning to come now.”

Menu will drive a Citroen DS3 Supercar in the British Rallycross Championship Finale at Croft. Credit: Matt Bristow

Whilst this is his first time in Rallycross, Menu is well known to Touring Car fans as he has competed in the worlds best tintop series during his career.

As well as taking titles in the BTCC, Menu has multiple race wins in the FIA World Touring Car Championship, has spent time in the DTM and made appearances in the TCR International Series for Subaru and Honda.

The next round of the British Rallycross Championship takes place at Pembrey on June 25.