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Hunt gets Global Rallycross opportunity

Hunt gets Global Rallycross opportunity

A busy lead up to the New Zealand Rally Championship just got busier for Nelson Rally Driver Ben Hunt, with news he will fly to America next week to test with the Olsbergs MSE team for the upcoming Global Rallycross Lites series.

The Red Bull Global Rallycross Series Lites series is a class that was introduced in 2013 to run at all ten rounds of the Global Rallycross series across America, plus at the X Games which will be held at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, as a support class to the Global Rallycross Series, a series that has attracted names such as Ken Block, Rhys Millen, Travis Pastrana, Henning Solberg, Nelson Piquet Jr. and even former World Rally Champions Carlos Sainz and Marcus Gronholm.

The GRC Lites series is designed as a development class to the Global Rallycross Series, with drivers all competing in identical space-framed chassis wrapped in a composite body. All cars run a 2.4 litre naturally aspirated Ford Duratec engine that puts more than 300hp to the wheels via a 6-speed sequential gearbox. The cars achieve similar corner speeds to their supercar cousins in the main series. The series winner receives the chance to drive an Olsbergs MSE Ford Fiesta ST Supercar in the ‘Battle of Champs’ in Stockholm, Sweden.

For Hunt, the opportunity of the test, which will be held at Lake Elsinore in California, came about after local rally drivers had the chance to show their stuff at the recent 4 & Rotary nationals, which featured a temporary Rallycross track for the first time. Hunt’s driving caught the attention of David Ridden, who organised the opportunity to test with the Olsbergs MSE team, a leading force in the Global Rallycross scene.

“This is a really exciting opportunity to have a crack at something a bit different for us,” says 25-year old Hunt. “While rallying is still my passion, we certainly have to look at any opportunities that come up and this is a fantastic opportunity to put ourselves on the world stage.”

In addition to the test, Hunt is hard at work rebuilding his Subaru Impreza for an assault on the 2014 New Zealand Rally Championship. Having won the Group N two-wheel drive title for three consecutive years, Hunt stepped into the four-wheel drive Impreza for 2013 and recorded four podium finishes, including an outright round win, on his way to fourth place in the series. Hunt has already secured backing from Winger Subaru, Gull Fuels, Total Oils and Waiwere Station for his 2014 campaign.

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