Rallycross was created in the 1970’s as a new form of motorsport designed specifically for TV. Events take place over a combination of tarmac and loose surfaces and involved a series of short, sharp heats leading to the all action finals.
Rallycross Cars are split into classes ranging from Production Cars, through Modified Cars and high performance single seat RallyX Buggies, to the spectacular 4 Wheel Drive RallyX Supercars that accellerate faster than an F1 Car.
Four lap heats, with up to six cars on the grid, are run to determine the grid positions for the finals, where the fastest drivers in each class get to race for championship points. The excitement culminates in the Superfinal where the fastest eight drivers across all of the classes race against each other over six laps.
The action comes thick and fast and the addition of a Joker Lap, which each driver must take once per race, adding extra spice.
Rallycross is a unique challenge for drivers as they must master a variety of track surfaces, while battling wheel to wheel for supremacy across three sets of short but intense heats, before tackling the all important finals.
For 2023 the Irish RallyX Championship will be made up of two day weekends, with a separate round of the championship taking place on each day. Each day of the weekend will run on a different track layout.
Our feature weekend will include the hugely popular British RallyX Championship which will bring a larger than usual field of Supercars to Ireland and a grid of more than twenty of the spectacular Supercars is expected.
All Irish RallyX Championship events run to the same timetable with heats followed by the all important finals;
09:00 - Practice
09:50 - Heats Run 1
11:20 - Heats Run 2
12:30 - Lunch Break
13:20 - Heats Run 3
14:50 - Semi-Finals
15:50 - Finals
RallyX is a very accessible sport and ideal for families. The races are short and come thick and fast so there is always something happening on-track. When the action stops for lunch, or at anytime during the day, you can get a closer look at the cars in the pits and paddock, where the friendly compeitors will be happy to tell you more about their machines.
The Mondello Park main straight Grandstand is free to enter and gives a very good view of a large portion of the RallX track, as it overlooks the action packed first corner.