Following a FIA World Motorsport Council extraordinary e-vote today (September 1), the final four rounds of the 2023 FIA World Rallycross Championship season will run as scheduled. This means World RX of South Africa on October 7-8 and World RX of China on November 11-12 are going ahead as scheduled.
However, as the investigation regarding the fire that destroyed both of the RX1e cars of Special ONE Racing at Lydden Hill back in July is still going on, racing will take place in identical RX2e cars. Zeroid Motorsport will provide the cars for the World RX drivers for the remaining part of the championship. The drivers will score championship points during the four events leading to the crowning of the 2023 FIA World Rallycross Champion.
“Rallycross Promoter is absolutely committed to travelling to Cape Town and Hong Kong for the final rounds of the season,” stated Rallycross Promoter Managing Director, Arne Dirks.
“What is absolutely paramount is that the world’s best drivers are there to compete, and we are absolutely certain that fans will be treated to a spectacular weekend of action in both locations.
“We thank the teams for their fantastic co-operation in making sure we will have a pulsating completion to the 2023 season.”
“It’s a huge effort from everyone involved; the promotor, the FIA and the teams to pull together a solution after it looked impossible to continue this year,” said Kenneth Hansen, Team Principal of Hansen World RX Team.
“It’s so important that we are able to complete the season, where we will see closer racing than ever with everyone running the same specification of cars.
“This also buys us more time to continue and prepare for 2024 and beyond, where we will continue our growth as a sport in terms of a racing and commercial product and of course for us as a team within that.”
Currently the World championship is lead by defending champion Johan Kristoffersson with 69 points after three events. Second and third in the standings are Niclas Grönholm (42 points) and Kevin Hansen (38 points).