A new Rallycross series for the 2019 season – Global Rallycross Europe – saw its kick-off event today (October 18) at the Marx Palast in Vienna in Austria.
The series is the idea of former World Rallycross championship driver and multiple Austrian Rallycross Champion Max Pucher, CEO of MJP Promotions. “It is a very exciting moment for me and my team,” said the founder of the series this morning. “Standing here with the series set up and the new car in front of us, is as breathtaking as standing on the grid, when the lights go green.”
The GRC Europe Rallycross series will be run as an FIA International Series however talks with FIA and the Austrian ASN are still going on according to Pucher. As a consequence the calendar is ‘to be confirmed’ with a plan to have 10 races spread out over five double header weekends on traditional Rallycross tracks across Europe and an end of season Grand finale. The events are scheduled to take place between May and October 2019 in England (Lydden Hill), Italy (Franciacorta), Hungary (Nyirád), France or Germany and Austria (Fuglau) with the 2019 Grand finale at the Slovakiaring in the Slovak Republic.
Racing will occur in the so-called GRC Titans category and the GRC Supercars. The last named will run the all known FIA Supercars (with a Balance of Performance) according to slightly different Sporting Regulations, compared to the current ‘World RX’ ones, and with 15 Supercar series entries completed with a number of wild card drivers. For the GRC Titans MJP Promotions developed a one-design-supercar, the Pantera RX6. It will hold a 2.3 liter turbo charged Duratec engine, has a weight without driver of 1,050 kg and delivers 520 to 550 bhp. Also here 15 driver seats are available for the 10 races and the season finale.
The 2019 series will be backed by Eurosport and will be streamed live on the Eurosport Player and televised on Eurosport.