With six rounds of the FIA World Rallycross Championship completed so far in 2014, and after a four week break in the calendar which has allowed the teams to rest and prepare, the World RX of Canada (07-08 August) promises to deliver more exciting action on Cooper tires.
The entry list for round seven, World RX of Canada in Trois-Rivieres, includes 19 Supercars. Notable entries include former IndyCar and NASCAR driver Patrick Carpentier who will drive as a wildcard entry for VW Marklund Motorsport. Carpentier, World RX commentator for Canadian TV channel RDS, will be making his World RX debut in front of his home crowd. Former F1 World Champion Jacques Villeneuve will also be a firm favourite with the home fans as the French-Canadian will drive his Albatec Racing-prepared Peugeot 208 Supercar.
American Top Gear presenter Tanner Foust will once again drive for VW Marklund in what will be his third outing in the championship this year. Ford Olsbergs MSE will enter a third car in Canada with 20-year-old Joni Wiman set to make his debut in World RX.
Marketing Communications Manager for Cooper Tire Europe, Sarah McRoberts, said, “In its first year, the World Rallycross Championship is making a good and long-lasting impression on the fans. It has proved to be a thrilling and an openly competitive series, resulting in six different winners in the first six rounds.
“Our Cooper Tire brand ambassador David Coulthard was certainly impressed by the buzz of the World Rallycross paddock in Norway, and commented on the incredible noise the cars make which highlights just what a raw and energised form of motorsport World Rallycross is.”
Petter Solberg is currently three points ahead of Reinis Nitiss in the championship standings, but it could all change this weekend. For more information on the FIA World Rallycross Championship, visit http://www.rallycrossrx.com/. For further information about Cooper Tire, go to www.coopertire.co.uk.
The eighth round of the World Rallycross Championship takes place on 06-07 September in France, with just five rounds of the inaugural globetrotting World Rallycross Championship remaining.
Go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ddCbq-oo3BA for an insight into David Coulthard’s visit to World Rallycross in Norway.
Bob Ulrich was named Modern Tire Dealer editor in August 2000. He joined the magazine in 1985 as assistant editor, and has been responsible for gathering statistical information for MTD's "Facts Issue" since 1993.