World rally star Mads Ostberg was planned to drive the STARD-built C3 ERX for its maiden outing at the Swedish round, which was won by Ken Block, but the Norwegian was ‘unable to participate because of the global coronavirus pandemic and its effect on the project,’ according to a STARD statement.
Ostberg’s WRC2 commitments at Rally Turkey with Citroen Racing next week mean he is unavailable to drive in the Latvian Projekt E round, where two time RX2 International Series champion Cyril Raymond, who won European Rallycross Supercar events in 2018 and raced a Renault Clio in World RX last year with the GCK Academy team, will debut the new car.
STARD ran its first Projekt E build, a Ford Fiesta, in public for the first time at the Bikernieki circuit on the outskirts of Riga during the World RX event 12 months ago.
“I’m delighted to join the Projekt E grid, especially at the wheel of a French car,” said Raymond. “I’ve made my reputation in single-specification categories, being double RX2 Champion, and I really believe that the Projekt E format suits my style completely. I’m convinced that electric rallycross will not only provide me with the opportunities I need to carry on in this sport, but will allow drivers to make a career out of racing in this discipline, which is perfectly suited to…