Nitro Rallycross track revealed

by Dominik Wilde

Nitro Circus has revealed further details about the upcoming Nitro Rallycross event which will take place next weekend as a part of the Nitro World Games extreme sports competition.

In a Q&A posted to the Nitro World Games website with track designer and competitor Travis Pastrana, the circuit layout was revealed, seemingly confirming several jumps – including a gap jump which intersects with a more traditional tabletop jump; and multiple joker routes. The track, which has been built at the Utah Motorsports Campus, will also feature banked turns and considerably more dirt than most previous US rallycross tracks.

Credit: Nitro World Games

In addition, Pastrana also promised “more sliding and passing opportunities” on the new permanent track which he has been testing on for several weeks.

“We needed a permanent track with the proper resources to move huge amounts of dirt,” said Pastrana. “We needed a location with a top level pit area and amenities for the teams.”

“We needed a place that had entertainment for the entire family that already had restaurants and locations for food trucks and playgrounds set up,” he added. “We found all of that and much more at the Utah Motorsports Campus, and keeping to our roots in Utah, ‘The State of Sport,’ was the cherry on top. [It was] truly a no-brainer for Nitro Circus.”

As well as the official artists impressions, drone footage capturing Pastrana testing on the new track has also been shared online.

Alongside Pastrana and his Subaru team mates Chris Atkinson and Patrik Sandell, Americas Rallyross drivers Tanner Foust, Scott Speed, Ken Block, and Steve Arpin have all been confirmed for the event. Also taking part from the FIA World Rallycross championship field will be Red Bull-backed drivers Mattias Ekstrom and Timmy Hansen.

“All of the drivers participating are a threat to win this event,” Pastrana said of the competitive field assembled for the event. “Current USA Rallycross champion Scott Speed and 2017 World Rallycross champion Mattias Ekstrom are coming into this event as the favourites, but the HUGE jumps are going to play into the favour of Ken Block and myself, and the high percentage of dirt on this track will play into the favour of drivers with a stronger rally background like Chris Atkinson and Tanner Foust. The course is so unique that it is truly anyone’s event to win!”

Credit: Matt Stryker/Subaru Rally Team USA

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