World RX sees 25% YoY attendance increase in Portugal

Montalegre Circuit in Portugal hosted season-opening race for first time since 2016.

The World Rallycross (World RX) Championship recorded a 25 per cent year-over-year (YoY) increase in attendance at its season-opening race in Portugal.

Confirmed:

  • Portugal hosted World RX in mid-September last year, so the circuit benefitted from staging the season opener for the first time since 2016
  • World RX signed a five-year deal with the Montalegre Circuit in Portugal in 2017
  • After a one-year hiatus in 2019, 2023 represents the final year of that original contract

Context: Now in its second season since transitioning to electric vehicles, World RX spectators turned out in force at Montalegre despite inclement weather and frequent heavy rain.

Comment: Arne Dirks, managing director of Rallycross Promoter, said: “It’s always enjoyable going to Montalegre, and it was wonderful to see so many people braving the elements last weekend to come and support their favourite drivers and teams. We are excited by the way in which World RX is growing at the moment, with a lot of positive momentum behind the series, and it seems the fans agree with us.

“The local organiser did a superb job of promoting the event in advance, and the increase in attendance – despite the unfavourable weather at times – is testament to all their hard work. We are already looking forward to returning in 2024.”

Coming next: World RX ventures to Norway for its second round of the season this weekend, with this year also representing the first time the series has left Europe since 2019. South Africa and Hong Kong play host to the final two rounds.

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