World Rallycross adds COTA to 2018 schedule
A round of the World Rallycross Championship will be held in the USA for the first time next season, at the Circuit of the Americas Formula 1 venue in Austin, Texas.
The first World RX event at COTA will be held on September 29-30, 2018 on a new rallycross layout that is expected to undergo construction in the coming months.
The mixed-surface track will be located in the stadium area of the F1 circuit, between turns 12 and 15.
COTA's rallycross event has been announced as being part of a ‘festival weekend’ and will be held three weeks before F1 visits the same venue next year.
"There is no doubt that rallycross is a rapidly growing discipline – the fans can watch races in quick succession and the 600bhp cars are mightily impressive,” said COTA Chairman Bobby Epstein.
“The addition of a rallycross circuit at COTA will be a welcome addition to our growing portfolio of motorsport events in Texas and we look forward to working closely with [World RX promoter] IMG in making the first ever World RX event in the USA a resounding success.”
IMG has confirmed that it will announce a provisional 2018 calendar on Tuesday, which will include rounds in the US, South Africa, Canada and nine rounds in Europe.
“The United States of America has been on our radar since the World Championship began in 2014 but we were determined to wait for the right opportunity,” said World RX managing director Paul Bellamy.
“We have been in discussion with several venues across the USA but COTA shared our vision for the World Championship and can deliver a key objective of building a first-class rallycross facility.
"With IMG’s strong presence throughout the US we are confident that the COTA World RX event will be a huge success.”
COTA is no stranger to rallycross events, as in 2014 it hosted a non-points scoring round of the US-based Global Rallycross Championship as part of X Games Austin, which was won by Scott Speed.
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