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World Rallycross secures Barcelona race for 2015 season

The World Rallycross Championship has announced the addition of Barcelona to its 2015 calendar, with an initial one-year deal struck with a view towards a long-term partnership.

Currently home to Formula One and MotoGP races, the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya will host its first World RX event in September 2015. The race will be organised by World RX promoter IMG Motorsport, along with Seven Marketing and Mila Events.

Barcelona will become the second major city to host a round of World RX after Istanbul stages the Championship’s inaugural city race at the Intercity Istanbul Park this October.

Martin Anayi, managing director of World RX for IMG Motorsport, said: “This is extremely positive news for our championship. It’s a new market for us and the organisers in Barcelona have worked extremely hard to help get this project off the ground. The team are very experienced having previously brought X Games to the city so I have no doubt that the same level of professionalism will be delivered in our Championship. Work will shortly be underway on the new rallycross track and I’m excited by the prospect of a World RX race in one of the world’s major economic and sporting hubs.”

Rob Armstrong, global head of motorsport for IMG, added: “We are delighted to have the opportunity to work closely with the government in Barcelona to create what I expect will become a permanent fixture in the motorsport calendar. Barcelona is already a mecca for motorsport fans being home to the F1 and MotoGP races and with a population of more than 1.6 million the event in Barcelona is likely to grow into one of our biggest. This latest news also goes to show the true potential of World RX as we are beginning to witness purpose built tracks at some of the world’s most famous motorsport venues.”

The World Rallycross Championship is six rounds into its inaugural season, having taken in events in Portugal, the UK, Norway, Finland, Sweden and Belgium.