Former F1 driver Nelson Piquet Jr will be the second refugee from the top flight to take part in the FIA World Rallycross Championship event at Lydden Hill this weekend (24-25 May), having confirmed that his is to compete in the RX Lites Cup.

The Brazilian driver joins 1997 F1 world champion Jacques Villeneuve in turning his hand to the multi-surface discipline, but will not be racing directly against the Canadian, who is chasing honours in the Supercar event. Instead Piquet - who includes finishing a runner-up to Lewis Hamilton in the 2006 GP2 Series standings amongst his achievements - will contest the RX Lites division for single-spec 310bhp, all-wheel-drive, rear-engined machinery. The 2014 RX Lites title winner will be awarded a Supercar drive at World RX of Argentina in November, while second and third placed drivers will have the chance to experience a test day in an Olsbergs MSE Supercar.

Piquet, who spent three years with the Renault F1 Team after graduating from GP2, moved to NASCAR after his single-seater career ended under the cloud of 'crashgate', and remained in the US-based category until the end of 2013. He will join ten other RX Lites entries at Lydden Hill.

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"I'm very excited about the chance to race again this weekend and I'd like to thank the team and sponsors that invited me to the UK," the Brazilian explained "I've lived in the UK and won a championship there, but it's been five years since my last race on British soil. This is a good opportunity to learn more about rallycross and get to know the European drivers. It will be my first RX Lites race and it will prepare me well for the X Games too."

"We've got a tremendous line-up for World RX of Great Britain this weekend, but the news that Nelson Piquet Jr is set to join us in the RX Lites is the icing on the cake," Martin Anayi, World RX managing director for IMG Motorsport, added, "The RX Lites Cup provided fantastic race action at the opening round in Portugal and, with promising names such as Nelson joining the line-up for Lydden, it's set to be even more exciting this weekend."