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GRC to wrap season at legendary Lydden Hill, birthplace of rallycross racing

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Even though the 2018 Red Bull Global Rallycross season is still three months away, the series is already thinking ahead to the season finale in late October.

To that end, GRC announced Tuesday that the last two rounds of the season – and the eighth race overall – will be held Oct. 27-28 at Lydden Hill in Kent, England.

Acknowledged as the birthplace of rallycross racing, the mile-long Lydden Hill is one of the most well-known and challenging courses for rally racing in the world.

In addition to regular competitors on the GRC circuit, series officials announced Tuesday in a media release that there will be “a number of select ‘wildcard’ entries as the UK takes on the USA for the first time in Red Bull GRC history.”

“Bringing Red Bull Global Rallycross to Lydden Hill’s historic venue makes perfect sense for the series’ long-awaited return to Europe,” said Red Bull GRC CEO Colin Dyne. “Our teams and drivers are looking forward to battling it out for the championship on the circuit where the sport first began, so fans will be sure to see some of the most intense racing of the year over this double-header weekend.”

This will mark the GRC’s return to Europe since its last appearance across the Atlantic Ocean in 2013.

Among series regulars expected to take part include prior Lydden Hill race winner Tanner Foust, as well as three-time defending GRC series champion Scott Speed.

“Lydden has been at the forefront of rallycross for more than 50 years and we’ve invested in the sport throughout that time,” Lydden Hill owner and former rallycross racer Pat Doran said. “It’s fitting therefore that the GRC’s return to Europe is here, where rallycross fans will get the opportunity to see the best GRC has to offer, including the series’ signature 70ft table top jump, on our purpose-built rallycross track.

“We always receive great support from the motorsport fraternity, and I’m sure the fans will be out in force once again as we pull out all the stops to ensure the GRC season-finale is a sell-out success.”

Michael Schumacher’s son to make F1 practice debut at Nurburgring

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MARANELLO, Italy — Mick Schumacher, son of the legednary seven-time champion, will have an official Formula One drive during an F1 race weekend for the first time next week at the Nurburgring, Alfa Romeo and Ferrari said Tuesday.

Schumacher gets the practice drive in an Alfa Romeo on Oct. 9 on his home track in Germany as a member of Ferrari’s young driver program, taking over Antonio Giovinazzi’s car for the first session of the weekend.

“I am overjoyed to get this chance in free practice,” Schumacher said in a statement. “I’m going to prepare myself well, so that I can do the best possible job for the team and gain some valuable data for the weekend.”

The 21-year-old Schumacher leads the Formula 2 standings after winning races in Monza and Sochi. He won the European Formula 3 championship in 2018 and tested a Ferrari F1 car in Bahrain in April 2019. He also has done demonstration runs in his father’s old cars, most recently this month ahead of the Tuscan Grand Prix in a championship-winning 2004 Ferrari.

Michael Schumacher holds the F1 record with 91 victories, which Lewis Hamilton is on the verge of tying.

Ferrari said two other drivers in its academy program will also get practice drives in Formula One.

Callum Ilott, a British driver who is second to Mick Schumacher in F2, will drive an F1 Haas at the Nurburgring on the same day as Schumacher. Russian driver Robert Shwartzman will drive in practice for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Dec. 11, though Ferrari hasn’t said for which team.

The German round was added to the F1 schedule after the coronavirus pandemic disrupted the season and will be officially known as the Eifel Grand Prix after a nearby mountain range. The Nurburgring last hosted F1 in 2013.