Global Rallycross (GRC) just announced that it will create the “Lite” class to make the sport more accessible to new and less-heavily-funded drivers.
“We want to provide a place for our next generation of star drivers,” said GRC founder Chip Pankow. “The GRC Lites class is the perfect training ground for any driver who wants to get started in rallycross and it will provide them exposure to all of our fans.”
GRC Lites is a tightly controlled class using cars that make just over half the power of the Supercar vehicles and will be built by rallycross preparer OlsbergMSE.
“The GRC Lites cars are a great addition to the Global Rallycross lineup. They’re challenging to drive yet incredibly capable cars that will carry as much speed as the supercars through some corners and the additional races on the track during the race day will certainly add to the entertainment factor for the fans,” said Tanner Foust, who among other titles is the current GRC Supercar champion.
“The racing is going to be close, since all cars conform to the same specification, and driving talent will be the deciding factor in these races,” said OlsbergsMSE CEO Andreas Eriksson, who worked with GRC to develop the class. “There is no better place than GRC Lites competitions to learn the sport.”
During Last year’s SEMA Show, AutoGuide got the chance to go for a ride in Ken Block’s GRC car, which you can watch in the clip below.
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