16 Year Old DeJong Ready For RX Lites European Debut

While America will be represented by Tanner Foust in the FIA World Rallycross Championship for the upcoming round at Lydden Hill next weekend (25-26 May), Mitchell DeJong will also be making the trip over the pond to take part in the RX Lites races.

The 16-year-old is currently competing in the GRC Lites class as part of the Global Rallycross Championship package and has already made an impact in the sport, despite his age.

The Red Bull backed driver has been competing in race since the age of five and is a nine-time off-road champion in series such as TORC and Lucas Oil Off Road series.

“What an awesome opportunity it is to be racing with the Olsbergs OMSE team,” explained DeJong, talking on the WorldRX website.

“The fact that my first European race will be at the iconic track, Lydden Hill, where rallycross originated makes it even more exciting. I’ve always raced both road racing and off-road so what I love about rallycross is that it combines the best of both worlds. I’m really looking forward to the high level of competition at Lydden.”

Sebastien Erikksen is the current RX Lites Cup leader after winning round one in Portugal earlier this month, but the Swede has elected to skip the British round.  Multiple STCC Champion Richard Goransson is second, and will be hoping for a strong result at Lydden to move to the top of the leaderboard.