RX: FIA series to partner DTM opener

The FIA World Rallycross Championship season will now include an event at Hockenheim alongside the DTM season-opener.
The FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy has agreed terms with the World Motor Sport Council to hold a 13th round alongside the DTM season-opener at the Hockenheimring over 1-3 May.

The Hockenheimring was originally built in 1932 and, as well as being home to the biannual German Grand Prix, has also hosted the DTM since the championship's inaugural season back in 1984, with both the opening and closing rounds taking place there since 2011. Working closely with Apex Circuit Design, a purpose built rallycross circuit is now being built in the famous “Sachs Arena” stadium section of the venue following the new partnership between IMG Motorsport and ITR which sees the F1 circuit added to the growing list of world-famous facilities that now boast purpose-built rallycross circuits.

“It is a great honour to partner with DTM at their 2015 season-opening weekend at the Hockenheimring,” Martin Anayi, World RX managing director for IMG, said, “We have been extremely impressed with the professionalism we have seen from ITR in running DTM and we can't wait to show the German motorsport audience just how special World RX is.

“There is a natural link with [Mattias] Ekstrom competing in both championships and also with permanent World RX driver [Anton] Marklund competing in the new Audi Sport TT Cup. We were thrilled when the opportunity arose to build a purpose-built rallycross circuit in one of the world's most famous venues. Coupled with the fact that an RX event would be held on such an important weekend in the German motorsport calendar was the icing on the cake. As a result, we now have a fantastic chance to showcase World RX and our sport to a brand new audience. We are very excited about developing our relationship with ITR and look forward to future collaborations.”

ITR Chairman Hans-Werner Aufrecht was also delighted about the signing of the multi-year partnership.

“Whatever we do, we always do it allowing for the interests of the fans we want to provide a unique experience, at the circuit,Q” he noted, “In consideration of this fact, the FIA World Rallycross Championship suits us perfectly: the DTM high-tech touring cars and the rugged compact World RX racers represent two different, fascinating motor-sport facets. I am convinced that the motor-racing enthusiasts will love this combination.”

World RX and DTM will be joined in Hockenheim by DTM's support championships the Porsche Carerra Cup Deutschland, FIA F3 European Championship and the new-for-2015 Audi Sport TT Cup.

Tagged as: Hockenheim , rallycross , RX

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