British driver Guy Wilks has confirmed he will enter all 12 rounds of the 2017 FIA World Rallycross Championship driving a Volkswagen RX Polo, with backing from LOCO Energy Drink and Karting North East.
Wilks, from Durham, is a double British Rally Champion and former WRC driver, and plans to compete in the ex-Johan Kristoffersson Supercar which helped the Swede finish runner-up in last year’s drivers’ standings.
This year sees Guy as the only permanent British driver in the series and has previously competed in five World RX events over the past couple of seasons. In 2015, he reached the final of the British round at Lydden Hill but was denied a podium due to a technical problem.
“To get an opportunity to do a full World Championship is something I’ve always wished for,” said Wilks, who will enter as an independent entry and be backed by energy drink LOCO as well as his own Karting North East concern, which he operates near Sunderland.
The 36-year-old added: “To compete in a car that finished second in the championship last year adds pressure but is the ingredient that can make it realistic for me to mix it at the top, even though the bar in World RX is getting raised year on year. I want to thank LOCO energy drink and Marc Blackburn for this opportunity. I’m going to give it absolutely everything and 2017 is going to be an awesome journey!”
With names such as rally legends Petter Solberg and Sebastien Loeb in the entry list as well as cult American hero Ken Block, Norwegian Andreas Bakkerud and sons of famous fathers, Timmy Hansen, Kevin Hansen and Niclas Gronholm, it’s going to be no easy task for Wilks, who is busy finalising his plans for the season which starts in Barcelona this forthcoming weekend (Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd April 2017).
Guy concluded: “We want people to come to Karting North East, race and have fun behind the wheel just like I do. We are also planning on showing the live action from the various rounds on big screens at our KNE venue so hopefully we’ll get people coming along and sampling the various activities we have available on site, as well as catching up with the World Rallycross Championship action from around the world. Everyone’s welcome!”
Follow Guy on Twitter @GuyWilks and for further details, including live streaming and regional television coverage this weekend, please visit http://www.fiaworldrallycross.com. For further information on KNE, please visit http://www.kartingnortheast.com