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Winton Motor Raceway in north east Victorian will host a round of the Australian RallyCross Championship next month.

The event will be held across two days on July 15-16 alongside the popular Winton Speedway Days event, and will utilise brand-new sections of the circuit developed specially for RXAus competition.

It marks the first time top-level RallyCross action will have been held at Winton.

The dedicated Winton RXAus track will utilise the first four corners of the existing Winton layout, before turning right into a newly-designed dirt section just prior to turn five. The dirt section will also include the joker lap.

The circuit is expected to be one of the quickest and most challenging on the calendar, offering up a great experience for RXAus competitors both new and existing.

Full track designs and further event details will be released next week.

“We’re really excited to be going to Winton Raceway. Wayne Williams and his team there have been fantastic in putting this together in a short space of time,” said RXAus director Justin Dowel.

“Adding a Victorian round to our calendar was always a priority however a lack of venues was what delayed proceedings, but this is a great opportunity for our Victorian competitors to have a home round and for a whole new group of people to be exposed to the series.

“Winton is going to be a fast, exciting and challenging circuit that uses the best bits of the bitumen circuit and some challenging new dirt sections that should make for really competitive racing.

“Our first visit to Winton will showcase RallyCross at its best and we can’t wait to be there.”

The two-day format – a first for the RXAus series – will see practice, qualifying and at least one round of heat races on Saturday followed by the remaining two rounds of heats, class finals and Super Finals on Sunday.

The Winton event will slot into the middle of the existing five-round RXAus calendar, now expanded to six rounds.

To allow competitors more time between rounds, Round five will now be held at Marulan on August 13, while the finale’ will see the series return to Carnell Raceway in Stanthorpe, Queensland on November 11.

Justin Dowel currently leads Will Orders in the AWD Championship after the first three rounds, while Mike Conway heads Troy Dowel in the competitive 2WD championship.

Ron Bustard leads the Excel Cup, while Troy Dowel also leads the junior standings.

Event regulations will be available from the www.rxaus.com.au website next week.

Entries will also open next week, with details available via the series’ website.

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