Coventry MotoFest: Hopes for epic sprint circuit on Ring Road for 2025 event

An extra special event could be coming to next year’s MotoFest, it’s been revealed. On the eve Coventry MotoFest 2024 organisers have announced that they are in ‘advanced talks’ with the FIA World Rallycross Championship to host a round of the World RX championship on its unique sprint circuit, created from the city’s ring road.

The FIA World Rallycross Championship is aiming to host a street race at MotoFest Coventry in 2025, after engaging in advanced discussions with the UK’s largest free to attend annual motoring and motorsport festival event.

A proposed layout has already been drafted with the support and input of Kevin Hansen, 2023 FIA World Rallycross Championship runner-up, and over the next few months, a period of consultation will take place with partners and importantly local residents to agree how the project can be taken forward.

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The World RX championship round would form part of an extended MotoFest Coventry festival weekend, sitting alongside its current well-established sprint circuit programme, including the British Automobile Racing Club’s (BARC) Connaught Speed Championship Rounds.

MotoFest Coventry will also continue to host its dedicated Crewsade Drift Arena, live action arenas, dynamic and static car displays and full entertainment programme across the festival weekend.

James Noble, MotoFest Coventry Festival Director, said: “MotoFest Coventry is hugely excited to have entered into advanced discussions with the FIA World Rallycross Championship promoter to host a World RX round at our 2025 festival weekend.

“We have made no secret in the past of our ambition to stage competitive motorsport on Coventry Ring Road and having successfully delivered closed-road time trials, we are now driving forward with the next phase of that plan. With a track design drawn up by Driven International, we are close to having all the pieces in place for this ambitious project.

“We are now actively seeking commercial partners to provide the necessary infrastructure and finance required to turbocharge our ambitions and take the plan off the start line.

“With the ambition to stage exhilarating, all-electric racing on our unique city centre sprint circuit, we are taking MotoFest Coventry to the next level by putting the event at the heart of sustainable motorsport for now and the future.

“This is a massive opportunity to showcase Coventry’s motoring past with a project that will help secure its future as a city at the heart of transport innovation and development.”

Arne Dirks, Managing Director, Rallycross Promoter, said: “Since being appointed promoter of this championship, one thing that has been clear to us is rallycross’ enormous potential to appeal to new audiences – a point very well-illustrated by the phenomenal success of our inaugural city-centre event in Hong Kong last year. That was a real ‘milestone’ moment and has encouraged us to explore further metropolitan locations.

“MotoFest Coventry has solidly established itself as one of the UK’s most popular car- themed events, and after being introduced to James [Noble – Festival Director] and his team, we quickly agreed that we share a common vision – to bring maximum entertainment to as many people as possible in a dynamic downtown setting. We are excited to continue working together as we investigate the possibility of incorporating World RX into MotoFest in 2025 and beyond.”

For more details about MotoFest Coventry, visit https://www.coventrymotofest.com/

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