Button tests GRC Honda Civic rallycross supercar

Jenson Button

Jenson Button has sampled a Global Rallycross Championship (GRC) car for the first time in Florida.

The 2009 Formula 1 world champion has hinted at a future in rallycross since announcing his retirement from the pinnacle of motor racing last year.

Button, who is still contracted at McLaren Honda as a reserve driver, joined the American OMSE outfit where he piloted the team’s GRC specification Honda Civic.

The 36-year-old is yet to confirm any plans to race in other categories this year.

It is not the first time the Brit has driven rallycross machinery having enjoyed a run in a Mini rallycross supercar at Lynden Hill in 2015.

Jenson Button in action

Meanwhile, Audi Sport has confirmed it will increase its factory support of Mattias Ekstrom’s EKS World Rallycross Championship team.

The squad run by long time Audi factory driver Ekstrom guided the Swede to the championship crown last year behind the wheel of an Audi S1 supercar.

“We realise that it’s going to be increasingly difficult for EKS to hold its own against the factory teams, so we chose to intensify our World RX commitment,” explained head of Audi Motorsport, Dieter Gass.

The 2017 World Rallycross Championship begins at Barcelona from April 1-2.

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