Belgian European Rallycross Championship legend Jos Sterkens has committed to racing his Ford Escort in the Retro Rallycross Championship as his primary activity.
The former European Champion drove his glorious Ford Escort MkI in Retro Rallycross’ showcase as part of the SpeedMachine festival last month, the British round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship.
The 64-year old driver, who has been a regular visitor to UK rallycross events for several decades and famously rolled his four-wheel drive Ford Mondeo Division 2 in spectacular fashion at Brands Hatch in 1995, will return to the points-scoring Retro Rallycross Championship event at Lydden Hill on August Bank Holiday Monday, before committing to a full assault next season. Such is Sterkens’ enthusiasm to race in Retro RX, the Belgian engineer has changed the engine in his Escort to be eligible to compete.
“I’m very excited to be racing in the Retro Rallycross Championship, I have wanted to join for some time but the engine in my car was a Duratec which is not allowed, so I changed this to a Zetec which fits into the right period,” said Sterkens. “This is the last car I will build for rallycross. I have an ongoing project at home with a property that I am working on so I am not able to race too many times this year, but in the future my time will be better.”
Sterkens’ Escort will join an ever-increasing range of period machines on the Retro Rallycross Championship grid. “Jos and I have been friends for over 30 years and I couldn’t be happier with his decision to race in Retro Rallycross,” said Retro Rallycross Championship promotor Shirley Gibson. “He is of course no stranger to the British audience having competed in the UK for many years and has a huge following within Europe. We are all looking forward to seeing Jos out on track, and of course enjoy his great sense of humour as part of the Retro Rallycoss family.”
After the opening two rounds of the 2019 obp Motorsport Retro Rallycross Championship, Gary Simpson leads the Super Retro points, Steve Cozens heads the under 1600cc Retro Rallycross standings and Steve Harris is top in the four-wheel drive and Group B classification.