Germany’s Patrick Simon will make his rallycross debut in the RX Lites Cup category of his home round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship at Hockenheim next week.
The Sport 1 television commentator is an experienced circuit racing driver, and won the European Le Mans Series in 2011. He tested an RX Lites car for the first time at the pre-season Hockenheim test.
“For me it was a totally new situation – driving a car on tarmac and gravel at the same time. I’m a racetrack driver, and I’ve done one rally in my life before, so to mix it up now was a great lifetime experience. I had really, really great fun at the test,” said Simon, who thinks wet weather conditions at the event will aid his chances. “I know that the level of driving skill is high in RX Lites, so I don’t expect that much. The young guns are really hot, they’re really born into this and for me I really have to adapt into it. But, if it’s raining then maybe my chances will grow a bit. I know quite a lot about how Hockenheim is in the wet, so maybe that will help.”
The drive has been arranged by DTM promoters ITR, and Simon has been promoting the World Rallycross and DTM double-header in television broadcasts ahead of the event. The Hockenheim weekend will be busy for Simon, as he will also be commentating on the Audi TT Cup DTM support category. “For me it’s no problem (to race and commentate). I love my job so I can do it all day long, every day.”