Ex-Formula One star and BBC F1 commentator, David Coulthard, attended the third round of the 2014 FIA World Rallycross Championship, as an ambassador for Cooper Tire – leaving Norway last month with a new-found appreciation for the sport.
Whilst in Hell, near Trondheim, 13 time Grand Prix winner Coulthard also managed to catch up with another familiar face from the Formula One world. Jacques Villeneuve is a competitor in the inaugural World Rallycross series with Albatec Racing and was on hand to give Coulthard the lowdown on one of the newest and fastest-growing FIA championships.
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Coulthard said, “It’s interesting for me to see Jacques [Villeneuve] racing professionally in World Rallycross. We grew up together in Formula One in many respects. He drove for the Williams team, whom I first drove for in Formula One, we travelled the world and parked our motorhomes side by side, and we have many stories! He is so passionate about racing and I admire that.
“I’m definitely curious to have a drive to see how it feels - and how far off the pace I might be. I have driven a rally car a couple of times and one thing I think I would be reasonably good at is the start, because I have always been good at starting.
“Mattias Ekström, who I raced against in DTM, and obviously Jacques, who I raced against in Formula One, are both super enthusiastic about the acceleration and performance in World Rallycross.
“The cars look quick because they are, and in terms of professionalism, entertainment and the technology on the cars, it’s impressive.”
Cooper Tire has a three-year deal as sole tire supplier to the FIA World Rallycross Championship until the end of 2016, with the manufacturer further underlining its position as a world leader in the production and supply of rallycross tires. Cooper is the rallycross tire of choice for competitors across the globe, having supplied tires to European Rallycross Champions for the past two decades.
Look out for further Cooper Tire news involving David Coulthard and World Rallycross. For more information on the FIA World Rallycross Championship, visit http://www.rallycrossrx.com/. For more information about Cooper Tire, go to www.coopertire.co.uk.