The 2017 FIA World Rallycross Championship kicks off at the Barcelona Grand Prix circuit at the start of April with the World RX of Spain, where the entries have now been confirmed for the first round.
The 18 drivers confirmed to be full season entries were announced on Friday March 3rd announced and that list can be found here. With new cars and driver combinations on the grid, you can be sure that the battle for early points as well as reliability will dominate the event.
However for the first round of the year there will be 21 drivers fighting it out to take the first victory of the 2017 World RX season.
Joining the regular drivers will be Guerlain Chicherit, who announced earlier this year that he will take part in a six race programme as he builds up to the 2018 full season entry of the Prodrive/Renault works team. Whilst Chicherit will drive a works built Renault Megane next year, he will driver a Renault Clio Mk3 in his 2017 programme.
Former FIA World Touring Car Championship driver Gergoire Demoustier will make his debut in the series at the wheel of the second DA Racing Peugeot 208 WRX. Demoustier will be taking part in a five race programme in 2017 as he learns the discipline of Rallycross alongside established team-mate Jean-Baptiste Dubourg, who is a full season entry.
The third guest entry will be French driver Herve Knapick, who will drive one of the Citroen DS3 Supercars that his team will campaign in the 2017 FIA European Rallycross Championship for Supercars with Jerome Grosset-Janin.
The 2016 World RX of Spain saw Team Peugeot-Hansen driver Timmy Hansen end Day One as Top Qualifier, whist EKSRX Team Boss Mattias Ekstrom came through to beat both Hansen and Timur Timerzyanov to the overall win.