After the good result achieved by Ken Block at Hockenheim, another American driver will join the grid of the FIA World Rallycross Championship soon, as the Top Gear US presenter Tanner Foust will cross the Atlantic Ocean and will change the Volkswagen machinery from what he uses in the USA.
Like he did in previous years, his association with Volkswagen will make him jump into the cockpit of a third Polo RX from the Volkswagen RX Sweden squad. Incredibly his experience with the Swedish Polo RX is bigger than with its American counterpart, as when he joined Andretti Rallycross in 2014, he was in the transition from the car he will drive to the Beetle RX he currently drives.
Since 2014, Foust competed in selected events during the season and was a wildcard entry with possibilities to ruin the day of the full season entrants, which was proved when he won the event at Kouvola, Finland. Last year he participated of four events, joining the final in two occasions and getting a podium at Trois-Rivieres, Canada. His record at Lydden Hill has three finals with two wins in six opportuinities, counting his appearances in the European Rallycross Championship, but his last appearance was nowhere near his feats as he finished 16th.
Along with his commitment in the United Kingdom, Foust will also be present at Estering, Germany, a track he doesn’t have any experience and that brings good memories to his future team mate, Johan Kristoffersson, as he got a fourth place finish there last year. Also joining the wildcard list for Lydden Hill on May 29th is Guy Wilks, switching from the JRM Mini Countryman RX that sent him to the final in 2015 to a third Olsbergs MSE Fiesta ST RX, along with other two Ford Fiest ST drivers: the current British RX runner-up Julian Godfrey and Derek Tohill, who also competes in the RallyX Nordic and in the Irish and Euro RX championships.
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