US-based motorsport series the Global Rallycross Championship (GRC) has announced plans to form a new European series as it seeks to broaden its footprint.
The GRC, which is title sponsored by energy drinks giant Red Bull, has partnered with MJP Racing (MJP) to develop the GRC Platinum class, using a one-design rallycross vehicle for launch in 2019.
MJP has participated in the World Rallycross Championship (World RX) since 2015 and was the most successful non-manufacturer backed team in 2017. The partnership will result in the formation of GRC Europe, which will complement the existing series in the Americas.
Each series will hold between eight and 12 events in the 2019 season, with the top finishers from each competing in a final GRC Champions Cup event.
“The introduction of the GRC Platinum class positions the sport of rallycross for the future by creating an affordable, yet better performing, next-level vehicle,” GRC chief executive Colin Dyne said.
“Our goal is to open up the competitive landscape to make it more accessible for drivers and teams to participate and showcase their driving skills. Plus, the addition of the GRC Champions Cup will bring together the best drivers from both continents to crown the 'King of Rallycross'.”
The first demo race of the Platinum class cars will be held at the 2018 GRC season finale at Lydden Hill in the UK over the October 27-28 weekend. The GRC last month agreed a deal for the English circuit to stage its final round.
The double-header event on October 27-28 will mark GRC’s debut at the Kent venue. It will also be the first rallycross event in Europe for the series since 2013, when it teamed up with X Games events in Barcelona, Spain and Munich, Germany.