World RX’s top class postponed again after Lydden fire

RX1e will not run at Belgian round, with leading drivers set to switch to RX2e support series

Sébastien Loeb

The World Rallycross Championship’s flagship category, RX1e, has been postponed for a second round in succession as investigations continue into the Lydden Hill paddock fire.

Special One Racing lost both of its Lancia Delta Evo-Es, driven by Guerlain Chicherit and Sébastien Loeb, and its truck in a fire on Friday at Lydden Hill (July 21).

Racing was therefore canceled for the top class as investigations into the cause of the fire began, but the support categories all continued as planned.

But RX1e action has been postponed once more for this weekend’s trip to Mettet, Belgium as those investigations continue.

Tommi Hallman, Viktor Vranckx and Nils Andersson

However, several of the leading drivers, including five-time world champion Johan Kristoffersson, team-mate Ole Christian Veiby and the Hansen brothers Timmy and Kevin will all compete in the RX2e category instead.

Volkswagen Dealerteam Bauhaus boss Tommy Kristoffersson said: “The show must go on! We are very positive about this possibility and want to put on a great show in a very competitive and tight series.”

Event organizer Freddy Tacheny added: “We took the decision to maintain the event despite the absence of the RX1es, because we want to give the best support possible to our sport and in particular the rallycross category,”

“In collaboration with the FIA and the Promoter, we’ll do our utmost to put on a magnificent show.”

Words:Luke Barry