I call Rallycross (RX) the “X Factor” of Motorsport, as it’s undoubtedly one of the most exciting forms of Motorsport in the world. The comfort of the car moving around between tar & gravel gives me a buzz that not many other disciplines can offer. That feeling & car control satisfaction really is hard to beat especially when mixed with some very tight door-to-door action!

Rallycross events are quick-fire, with excitement building all day to a crescendo at the final event. It is a more forgiving discipline as you get a get a second chance if you have a mechanical fault or driver error early in an event.

Rallycross caters for many different levels of ability and budget. I competed across all classes and moved my way up the ladder at an enjoyable pace, from entry level to the fire spitting Supercars.

Ireland has a nice tradition of running great RX events and creating some amazing success stories. The Motorsport Ireland National RX Championship traditionally mixes with the Motorsport UK British Rallycross Championship and is one of the highlights of the season.

Above all else, you will find many friends in the RX paddock and a family type atmosphere. This is traditionally the “Spirit of Rallycross”, and long may it continue.

Derek Tohill
Two-time FIA European Rallycross Champion