Former WRC driver Manfred Stohl has announced he will race in the 2015 World Rallycross championship for the all-new team World RX Team Austria.

Stohl will compete in a Ford Fiesta RX Supercar prepared by his own Stohl Racing operation and will competed as team-mate to owner Max Pucher in the first Austrian team to compete in the series.

The former Production World Rally Champion got his first taste of rallycross in last year's season finale after he was invited to race with the PSRX team by 2014 champion Petter Solberg. Stohl made it through to the semi-finals but a mechanical problem ended the Austrian's hopes of winning at his first attempt.

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Stohl explained it was team boss Pucher who approached him with the vision of setting up an Austrian rallycross team for the 2015 season.

"It was difficult to get the money together initially and without Max's commitment, this project would never have happened," Stohl said. "I am very pleased that he chose Stohl Racing to also be the builder of our Ford Fiesta Supercars; I am certain that we will race state-of-the-art technology and will be in the thick of the action."

Pucher has high hopes for the World Rallycross series and is very proud to set up the first Austrian team in the championship.

"Rallycross drivers are the new gladiators," Pucher said. "The action on both gravel and asphalt is very exciting and creates the perfect motorsport arena. World RX is destined to become one of the most popular motorsport championship."