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Rallycross World Champs coming to Abu Dhabi

Words by Rob Chilton

Mutated compact cars race the Yas Marina circuit in a first for the Middle East this April

The Hyundai i20 and the Ford Fiesta may be small, but when highly modified by expert engineers and driven by insanely talented men who like to put their foot down, these cars pack a punch.

Next month, for the first time in the Middle East, petrolheads will be able to see what these little cars are capable of when the FIA World Rallycross Championship arrives at Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina Circuit.

Finland's Toomas Heikkinen

Sadly though, the 11-round championship has taken a hit in the close season with the drop-outs of teams from Volkswagen, Peugeot and Audi, which means defending champion Johan Kristoffersson is unlikely to race this year.

Defending champion Johan Kristoffersson

Kristoffersson won back-to-back world titles in 2017 and 2018 – winning a remarkable 11 out of 12 races last year – but it’s thought the Swede will not defend his title in 2019 after his Volkswagen Sweden team pulled out of the competition.

“For sure I’m very disappointed that we cannot continue because for me it’s been two amazing years with great success,” he said.

Kristoffersson takes the lead

Away from the track, the two-day event features after-race concerts, go-kart challenges, driver meet-and-greets, and food trucks. Tickets are on sale now: AED 395 for North Grandstand, AED 595 for North Club Lounge and AED 1,495 for Yas Central Hospitality.

The FIA World Rallycross Championship takes place at Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina Circuit on April 5 & 6

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