It was at Lydden Hill that the sport of rally cross was originally invented for television back in 1967. Some fifty years later we have what will probably be the very last FIA World Rally Cross event to be held there as the race moves to Silverstone in 2018. Quite simply the event has outgrown the venue and Lydden Hill cannot accommodate the tens of thousands of fans who want to watch the stars of this sport compete in their 600bhp supercars.
Probably the biggest WRX star of all is Mr Hollywood, Petter Solberg, driving his Teng Tools backed VW Polo who together with team mate Johan Kristofferson lead the team championship. It would be good to see the two Teng Tools cars increase that lead in the team standings, it is only their first season in the cars but Team PSRX have proven to be the most consistent team with podium finishes at every round. They would clearly love to take the lead in the driver’s championship as well where they are currently second and third and both drivers will want to be on top of the podium this Sunday.
Petter has already won the FIA WRX drivers’ championship twice to add to his FIA World title in WRC rallying but he will be doing everything he can to go to the top of the table in the drivers’ championship, especially given the history of Lydden Hill. Although he is currently third in the drivers’ championship Petter is still looking for his first win of 2017 and this weekend is clearly one he wants to win –
“Two years ago I won at Lydden and standing on top of the car there, the history and emotion of the place was incredible. It would be the perfect place for me to celebrate my first win of the season this weekend – it would mean so much to me to sign off on Lydden with a win. But I’m guessing there are a few guys out there who feel the same way!”
The English circuit will also see plenty of Teng Tools presence with track side advertising and the Teng Tools spotter tower where the team managers decide the race tactics as they call the joker laps! All on worldwide television with live coverage in many countries and numerous highlights programmes.
Follow the action live online and on television around the world with many countries providing live coverage as well as highlights programmes.
Qualifying 1/2: Saturday May 27th early afternoon
Qualifying 3/4: Sunday May 28th morning to early afternoon
Semi-finals/Final: Sunday May 28th mid afternoon
There will be plenty of action and plenty of Teng Tools logos to see – if you have the time follow Petter and his Teng Tools supported WRX Super car, it’s going to be well worth watching.
Like Petter says, “it will be an emotional weekend at Lydden. Everybody who loves our sport knows about this place and to compete at our last race there for now, will be a strange feeling. But nothing changes for us as a team, we set-out to make the best job and take as many points as possible – catching Mattias [Ekström, World RX drivers’ championship leader] and keeping PSRX Volkswagen Sweden at the top of the table is the priority.”