The Australian EXTREME Rallycross Championship has confirmed that former WRC driver Chris Atkinson will test drive an RX Lites Cup Car at the series Test Day being held at Sydney Motorsports Park.
The Championship has decided that for its first year of competition, the premier class will consist of the successful RX Lites Car that is used in the FIA World Rallycross Championship, Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship and RallyX Scandinavia and the test day has attracted some big names.
Former Subaru and Hyundai works driver Atkinson will bring his experience and knowledge to the car as he is looking forward to testing the RX Lites Car at the Championships Test Day on 1 May. Alister McRae has also been confirmed for the Test Day as well.
“Rallying to me is the ultimate form of motorsport so to combine it with circuit racing is going to be an amazing spectacle for fans and something I’m really keen to sink my teeth into. At 310hp and weighing a little over 1000kg this thing is a little weapon and I can’t wait to get behind the wheel of the Olsberg Supercar Lite in Sydney,” explained Atkinson.
However it is the growing spectacle of Rallycross and the attraction of bringing new fans to an exciting new motorsport in Australia that is an exciting prospect for Atkinson.
“This is a really exciting opportunity to be taking part in the test day and I think the SIDCHROME EXTREME Rallycross Championship has the makings of one of Australia’s most dynamic racing categories. Rallycross is growing massively around the world and we’re looking long term at the championship as I feel it has potential to become a huge spectacle for Australian sports fans.”
Global Rallycross Australia Managing Director David Ridden is pleased with Atkinson’s participation.
“We’re extremely excited about having Chris join us at the test day in Sydney. He’s a world class driver with a wealth of experience, speed and car control so it will be great to watch him in action later this month.”
The Sydney test signifies a major milestone in the development of this new national series as the purpose built Supercar Lite turns a wheel in anger for the first time on Australian soil.