11-14 January 2018

FROM WEC AND BTCC TO 50 YEARS OF RALLYCROSS: LIVE ACTION ARENA TO CELEBRATE WIDE RANGE OF MOTORSPORT

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FROM WEC AND BTCC TO 50 YEARS OF RALLYCROSS: LIVE ACTION ARENA TO CELEBRATE WIDE RANGE OF MOTORSPORT

21-Dec-2016

The Live Action Arena at Autosport International is once again set to thrill, with a varied line up of leading motorsport drivers and racers.

Set to be a key highlight of the popular show feature is a celebration of 50 years of Rallycross. The segment will include 10 classic racers, such as the Porsche 911R which won the first ever Rallycross race at Lydden Circuit in 1967 and a selection of Group B icons such as the Audi Quattro.

At the wheel of the Porsche 911R will be Vic Elford, the man who took it to victory five decades ago. He will be joined in the arena by a roster of Rallycross icons including John Taylor, the first ever winner of the European Rallycross Championship and the man known as Mr Rallycross, Martin Schanche. Former competitor and owner of Team Peugeot Hansen Motorsport, Kenneth Hansen, will also be in attendance. The Swedish driver holds multiple Rallycross records and has won an FIA European Championships for Rallycross Drivers title 14 times.

Present day Rallycross will also be represented, with 2016 British Rallycross Champion, Dan Rook, winner of the 2016 British Rallycross Grand Prix, Liam Doran, and FIA World Rallycross Championship supercar competitor Andres Bakkerud, all confirmed.

Crowds of all ages will witness further thrilling action as BTCC drivers, including Gordon Shedden, Matt Neal, Colin Turkington and Andrew Jordan, go head-to-head in what is sure to be a highly competitive time trial.

Further motorsport action will come from the world of WEC. Aston Martin Racing driver Darren Turner will be taking to the Live Action Arena in the Vantage GTE #95, which won the FIA Endurance Trophy for LMGTE Pro Teams.

Renowned stunt driver Terry Grant will be returning to the Live Action Arena to perform a selection of nail-biting tricks, this time joined by professional free-style stunt rider Lee Bowers. The duo will be hoping to not only keep the audience on the edge of their seats but also thrill popular vlogger, Shmee, who will be joining Terry as he performs the exciting stunts.

Always a crowd-favourite in the arena, more high-speed action will come from Autograss and BriSCA, who will be completing a series of races, in addition to a drifting demonstration.

All of these segments will be hosted by Sky F1 Lead Commentator, David Croft, alongside WTCC TV presenter, Alexandra Legouix.

Kate Woodley, Autosport International show manager, said: “We have some great motorsport content already confirmed for the Live Action Arena in January.

“With so many different aspects of motorsport represented, from grassroots to WEC, in addition to a show-stopping finale which will be kept as a surprise for visitors, we are sure there will be something for everyone.”

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