The organizers of the FIA World Rallycross Championship have signed a multi-year deal to support the German touring car series, DTM, for the opening race of the season at Hockenheim.
World RX’s debut season was a great success as bumper crowds turned out to watch the events all over the world, with 2003 World Rally Champion Petter Solberg winning the title for his own team.
For 2015, the calendar will expand from 12 to 13 rounds with the addition of a race at Hockenheim, which will have a purpose-built rallycross circuit added for the occasion.
The race will appear on the undercard of the DTM season-opener alongside the German Porsche Carrera Cup, the FIA F3 European Championship and the Audi Sport TT Cup.
“It is a great honour to partner with DTM at their 2015 season-opening weekend at the Hockenheimring,” World RX managing director Martin Anayi 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.
“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.”
By linking itself with such a huge national championship, World RX can be opened up to new markets and enjoy heightened exposure in 2015 as it goes from strength to strength.
The race weekend at Hockenheim takes place from May 1-3.