RUSSIAN RALLY DRIVER JOINS RX2 CLASS OF 2017
Russia’s Vasiliy Gryazin will compete in the full RX2 International Series this season.
The 23-year old former rally driver made his debut in the single-make FIA World Rallycross Championship support category last year in Latvia and finished ninth. He has since competed in rounds of the RallyX on Ice series.
In his previous career in rallying, Gryazin competed at the front of the European Rally Championship driving Super2000 machinery, and entered the ERC Junior category in 2015. However, a road accident that summer when he was hit head-on by a car on the wrong side of the road left him with serious injuries. He returned to the driving seat last season and will race in rallycross full-time this year. “I’m excited to be making the jump to rallycross in RX2 this year,” he said. “The aim for my rookie season has to be to compete in as many events as possible to gain maximum experience of the discipline and all the tracks. RX2 is the ideal proving ground and stepping-stone to ultimately progress to Supercar level in World RX, and I can’t wait to get started!”
The first round of RX2 2017 takes place at Mettet in Belgium on May 12-14, alongside the Belgian FIA World Rallycross Championship round. “Ever since we launched the first RX2 car back in January, the phone has not stopped ringing and we have been overwhelmed by applications to compete from drivers,” said Andreas Eriksson, CEO of RX2 rights-holder Olsbergs MSE. “RX2 is increasingly being regarded as the clear path to reach World RX, and we look forward to helping to develop the future stars of the international rallycross scene.”
The closing date for entries to the full RX2 season is Thursday April 13.
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