The second round of the Projekt E Series will see the debut of the Citroën C3 ERX electric Rallycross race car. The revealing was originally planned for round 1 of the series, which ran alongside the Swedish World RX round at Höljes in August, but was delayed because Mads Østberg was “unable to participate because of the global coronavirus pandemic and its effect on the project” (statement from STARD).
It was previously announced that World Rally driver Mats Østberg would drive the car at Höljes. Østberg will also miss his second chance to drive the STARD built and Citroën works-supported car, as he has commitments at Rally Turkey the same weekend.
So double RX2 champion and ex-GCK driver Cyril Raymond will jump in and compete in the Projekt E Series.
“I’m delighted to join the Projekt E grid, especially at the wheel of a French car,” said Raymond. “I’ve made my reputation in single-specification categories, being double RX2 Champion, and I really believe that the Projekt E format suits my style completely. I’m convinced that electric Rallycross will not only provide me with the opportunities I need to carry on in this sport, but will allow drivers to make a career out of racing in this discipline, which is perfectly suited to demonstrating the incredible capabilities of electric technology.”
“Citroën has an amazing history in global motorsport and it’s an honour to be able to give the new Citroën C3 ERX its first competitive outing,” said Raymond. “I’d like to thank STARD, Citroën Racing and Manfred Stohl for the trust they’re putting in me to drive the car, and I will put in maximum effort to do my best in Riga.”
rallycross.com has not received a final entry list for Projekt E Series round 2 at Biķernieki Sport Complex in Latvia yet. But it is expected that we will see another first outing in Riga. Holten Motorsport had to cancel round 1 based on concerns from team and partners regarding Covid-19. Now Norwegian Rallycross driver Daniel Holten is ready to race. We hope to publish an entry list soon.