Fire investigation makes World RX cancel its top class again

The electric RX1e cars will not race in Germany next week as answers are still sought on the Lydden Hill fire

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The FIA announced today that the World Rallycross Championship’s top class of cars, RX1e, will not compete in next week’s round at Estering in Germany as fire investigations continue.

It will be the third round in a row to not feature any of the electric RX1e cars racing, following the fire that consumed Special One Racing’s garage and vehicles in the Lydden Hill paddock last month. That led to the RX1e action being cancelled for that weekend, and also for last weekend’s round at Mettet in Belgium.

“The investigation into the cause of the fire during World RX of United Kingdom at Lydden Hill on 21 July is ongoing,” read the FIA’s statement.

“Whilst a significant amount of data and information has been gathered and analyzed, the FIA has decided – on the grounds of safety and in order for the investigation to continue without delay – to postpone the RX1e round at Germany’s Estering, originally scheduled for 19-20 August.

“World RX of Germany will still go ahead with the concluding rounds of RX2e, Euro RX1 and Euro RX3, where all three titles will be decided.”

Sebastien Loeb


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