The WorldRX of Great Britain, round four of the 2015 FIA World Rallycross Championship, will see an increased British entry as Albatec Racing and JRM Racing confirm they have entered the event.
JRM Racing will make their second WorldRX appearance at the Lydden Hill circuit in Kent, where 2008 British Rally Champion Guy Wilks will pilot the MINI ClubmanRX during the weekend. JRM recently ran Danny Way and Dave Mirra at Hockenheim in their first WorldRX event.
Wilks has history with the team and sees Rallycross as a future career move.
“Rallycross is a sport that’s really going places and I see it as the next chapter in my career,” said 34-year-old Wilks. “As a driver that’s had a successful career rallying, I know I have the skills and experience to make an impression in rallycross. Joining the JRM Racing team at Lydden Hill is an exciting opportunity for me to take my first steps in rallycross and being part of an all-British line-up at Britain’s only round of the World RX series will be a proud moment as well.”
James Rumsey, Team Principal at JRM is excited to be returning to WorldRX with Wilks at the wheel.
“Guy’s motorsport pedigree is undisputed and we won the British Rally Championship together in 2008,” said Rumsey. “I have no doubt he’ll adapt to the requirements of rallycross quickly and successfully. He’s excited about seeing what he can do in the MINI RX and the feedback that he will give us as we test before the race weekend and at Lydden itself will be a massive benefit as we continue the development of the car and ultimately make it even more competitive in World RX.”
Meanwhile Albatec Racing have confirmed that they will return to the World Rallycross Championship for the UK event, with Team Principal Andy Scott being joined by David Binks for a two car assault on the weekend. Binks returns to the team after piloting one of their Peugeot 208 WRX Supercars in France last year. In 2015, Andy Scott has been the class of the British Rallycross Championship so far, winning two events out of two.
Andy Scott is looking forward to a return to WorldRX and to carry forward his BritishRX success so far.
“I’m delighted to be returning to WorldRX, particularly at Lydden Hill, a track on which I know well and have had some success in the past,” said Scott. “The championship is tougher than ever this season, so it will certainly not be an easy weekend, however with the work we’ve done on the 208RX, I believe we can be competitive. I’m equally pleased to have David returning to race with us at Lydden Hill. There’s no doubt he’s a quick driver, with loads of rallycross experience and although he hasn’t had much seat time, I’m confident he’ll be able to put on a good show for the fans.”
Binks is excited to be back in WorldRX and with Albatec Racing.
“It’s great to be getting back behind the wheel again in World RX with Albatec, we ran last year in France and had a few little issues with driver and car,” said Binks. “But after being out of the sport for two years it was great to be back. With the updates on the Albatec Racing 208 RX for 2015, I am excited to be climbing back on board to see how it goes at a track I cut my teeth on throughout my early years of rallycross.”
The WorldRX of Great Britain takes place over the weekend of 22-24 May at the spiritual home of Rallycross, Lydden Hill.