The RX2 International Series presented by Cooper Tires has officially unveiled its 2019 calendar, building upon the burgeoning success of its first two seasons with five returning venues, a legendary Formula 1 track and an exciting new curtain-raiser.
Following on from a tremendously successful debut in 2017, the 2018 RX2 campaign produced spectacular racing from the rallycross stars of the future, with a record-breaking 29-strong entry at Höljes in mid-summer and no fewer than ten different podium-finishers. At the end of a tense title battle, Olsbergs MSE’s Oliver Eriksson was ultimately crowned champion last weekend in Cape Town.
All sights are now firmly focussed on an even better 2019 season, and breaking with tradition, the action will get underway around Spain’s Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on 27/28 April, before moving on to another new venue for RX2 – and for the FIA World Rallycross Championship – Belgium’s iconic Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps on 11/12 May.
Two weeks later, the series will return to Silverstone in the UK for the Speedmachine Festival (25/26 May), followed by classic Scandinavian rallycross favourites Hell in Norway (15/16 June) and Höljes in Sweden (6/7 July).
France’s historic Lohéac circuit will play host to the penultimate round of the campaign on 31 August/1 September, with South Africa’s Killarney International Raceway once again staging the season finale on 30 November/1 December.
“We have been delighted by the success of RX2 over the past two years,” affirmed RX2 International Series presented by Cooper Tires CEO, Andreas Eriksson. “We have witnessed another fantastic season of rallycross competition in 2018 from some of the most talented young drivers around – many of whom I have no doubt we will see racing in the World Championship in the not-too-distant future, and we are proud to play our part in their rise through the sport.
“Our series has been built on solid foundations, and the grid numbers and media coverage that we have attracted are firm validation of the work we are doing here. With that in mind, it was important that we retain a degree of consistency in the calendar for 2019 – which we have done with five returning tracks – but we also wanted to make sure we offered competitors new challenges, and that we have also done with the addition of Barcelona and Spa-Francorchamps, world-class venues both.
“We believe we have the perfect blend of circuits on the schedule for next year, marrying tradition and heritage with exciting opportunities and fresh audiences for our fast-growing series.”
2019 RX2 International Series presented by Cooper Tires Calendar
April 27/28 Barcelona, Spain
May 11/12 Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium
May 25/26 Silverstone, Great Britain
June 15/16 Hell, Norway
July 6/7 Höljes, Sweden
August 31/September 1 Lohéac, France
November 30/December 1 Cape Town, South Africa
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