Global Rallycross Championship returns to Europe for season finale

US-based motorsport series the Global Rallycross Championship (GRC) has agreed a deal for English circuit Lydden Hill to stage its 2018 season finale.

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.

Lydden Hill is a renowned rallycross venue and has staged Britain’s round of the World Rallycross Championship since its launch in 2014. However, it has lost its hosting rights to Silverstone for the 2018 season.

GRC is title sponsored by energy drinks giant Red Bull and chief executive Colin Dyne said: “Bringing Red Bull Global Rallycross to Lydden Hill’s historic venue makes perfect sense for the series’ long-awaited return to Europe.”

Lydden Hill owner Pat Doran said the deal was struck following lengthy discussions over the winter months. He added: “Lydden has been at the forefront of rallycross for more than 50 years and we’ve invested in the sport throughout that time.

“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.”