Next generation of RX2 stars get to grips with Supercar Lites in Sweden

Next generation of RX2 stars get to grips with Supercar Lites in Sweden

09.10.2018: • Rallycross hopefuls from around the world travel to Sweden to sample Supercar Lites machinery • Tomorrow's potential stars enjoy the benefit of expert tuition from title-winning drivers and teams • Annual event inspires 2019 RX2

•    Rallycross hopefuls from around the world travel to Sweden to sample Supercar Lites machinery


•    Tomorrow's potential stars enjoy the benefit of expert tuition from title-winning drivers and teams


•    Annual event inspires 2019 RX2 and RallyX Nordic race programmes





As the RX2 International Series presented by Cooper Tires continues to go from strength-to-strength in its sophomore season, attention is already turning to the future as rallycross’ next generation descended on Tierp Arena in Sweden yesterday (8 October) for a special Supercar Lites test.



A chance for rallycross hopefuls from across motor racing to experience the popular 320bhp, four wheel-drive ‘pocket rocket’ first-hand, 22 drivers from eight nationalities received a day of comprehensive track running, complete with expert guidance from respected title-winning drivers and leading outfits Olsbergs MSE, Team Färén and JC Raceteknik.



As the highest-profile single-make rallycross formula in the world, Supercar Lites forms the basis of the RX2 International Series on the FIA World Rallycross Championship support package, while identical machinery is also raced in RallyX Nordic presented by Cooper Tires and the newly-formed, US-based ARX2 series.



Beyond the multiple opportunities to race Supercar Lites in a variety of rallycross series, participants were also afforded the chance to glimpse the level of support they can receive beyond purchasing a car, such as technical guidance and media coverage.



The test attracted attendees from as far afield as New Zealand, Greece and the United Kingdom – aged between 16 and 37 – and they were impressed by both the machinery and the broader package available to them.



“It’s an amazing car,” beamed New Zealander Sloan Cox, a front-runner this season in the RX Academy. “Today was about getting a feel for what I want to do next season and I found it suited me really well.




This is a formula series that comes down more to driver ability and since Supercar Lites is a real drivers’ car, it’s perfect for those coming up through the ranks. You also get great coverage driving one of these and that is what I like about how it is run – the exposure is really big.”




Driving machinery prepared by Olsbergs MSE and Team Färén, World RX race-winner Kevin Eriksson, current RX2 International Series leader Oliver Eriksson and 2017 RallyX Nordic Supercar Lites Champion William Nilsson were on hand to lend the benefit of their collective years competing at the highest level of the sport.



“It’s not every day you get the chance to sit alongside a rallycross champion,” enthused British Rallycross competitor Jack Thorne. “Each has their own style to learn from, which is really interesting. It definitely makes me want to race one of these cars. Supercar Lites and series like RX2 are a brilliant stepping stone for drivers like me.”



“It’s been a very interesting test, one that convinces me that I have witnessed the future of rallycross right here today,” said RX2 Series CEO Andreas Eriksson.



“We have had drivers of all ages from a variety of motor racing backgrounds bringing different attributes, but the level across the board has been excellent and validates exactly why we open up this test for hopefuls to impress – which they have.



“Rallycross is an aspirational discipline and Supercar Lites is the car of choice for those aspiring racers. As a rite of passage for many of today’s rallycross superstars, such as Cyril Raymond, Kevin Eriksson and Kevin Hansen, Supercar Lites is the ideal stepping stone for up and coming drivers to get a taste of the power and develop the skills needed to transition further.



“I am left in no doubt that we will see many of these drivers again at the wheel of a Lites machine very soon – perhaps even as soon as 2019 in the RX2 Series…”






The 2018 calendar takes in seven rounds across three continents as follows:





May 12-13: Mettet, Belgium

May 26-27: Silverstone, Great Britain

June 9-10: Hell, Norway

June 30 - July 1: Höljes, Sweden

August 4-5: Trois-Rivières, Canada

September 1-2: Lohéac, France

November 24-25: Cape Town, South Africa



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09.10.2018 / MaP

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