Abu Dhabi Will Host The 2019 World RX Season Opener

Abu Dhabi Will Host The 2019 World RX Season Opener

Yas Marina will become the latest F1 venue to also stage a round of the World Rallycross Championship

Despite the fact they’re completely different championships, there are a few similarities in the calendars of F1 and World RX - the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Silverstone and COTA all host rounds in each series (in the past, Hockenheim has too).

Now it seems another F1 venue wants a slice of the rallycross pie with the news that the Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi will host the opening round of the championship on 5-6 April next year.

The event will have a festival vibe, similar to Silverstone's Speedmachine. (c) FIAWorldRallycross.com
The event will have a festival vibe, similar to Silverstone's Speedmachine. (c) FIAWorldRallycross.com

As with all the other track, the rallycross layout will utilise parts of the F1 circuit as well as purpose-built off-road sections. World RX boss Paul Bellamy said of the news:

“We are delighted to announce this new partnership with Yas Marina Circuit, which enables us to bring rallycross to a part of the world the discipline has never visited before. The Middle East is renowned for its enthusiasm for motorsport, and there is no championship more exciting and action-packed than World RX.”

The event will also follow the format used by this year’s Silverstone ‘Speedmachine’ round and be a kind of motorsport festival, with live music and off-track entertainment supplementing the racing.