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AMERICAN DUO TO CONTEST RX2 EVENT IN CANADA

A pair of American drivers will uphold North American honour in the fifth round of the RX2 International Series at Trois-Rivieres in Canada next month. 

Permanent RX2 driver Tanner Whitten claimed his first podium in the FIA World Rallycross Championship support category at Mettet in Belgium earlier this year, and scored a second top-three finish at Hell in Norway. He will be joined by Cole Keatts in the Olsbergs MSE team. 

“I came into this season aiming to make as many finals as I could, with the mentality that anything more would be the icing on the cake, so it’s fair to say our results so far have way exceeded expectations. RX2 is a big step up for me, so I’m treating 2017 as a learning year first and foremost. It’s a totally different environment to what I’ve been used to in the past, and I’m really enjoying it,” said Whitten. “I’ve not competed at Trois-Rivieres before, but I have made a point of watching all the races there from previous years so I think I have a pretty good understanding of how it flows. On paper, it should represent one of my best opportunities to push for a win this season, and being relatively close to home, it’s the first time my family will be able to come and see me race in RX2, which is cool.” 

Keatts has experience of racing against RX2 points leader Cyril Raymond in the GRC, and is looking forward to competing in RX2 in two weeks’ time. “I’m really excited, if also a little apprehensive. Cyril is my team-mate this year in GRC Lites and he told me that RX2 is awesome and that I needed to try it. With Trois-Rivieres being my closest event, it was a bit of a no-brainer, to be honest,” said Keatts, who raced at the event last season. “It’s an amazing circuit – completely different in style to what I normally race on. It’s fast and technical in equal measure, with a couple of particularly tight corners that make it a real challenge. Having that prior track knowledge might give me a small advantage to begin with, but the calibre is so high in RX2 that I have no doubt the regular drivers will pick it up very quickly, so I’ll definitely have my work cut out. I’ve learnt a lot from working with Cyril, so my goal will be to put everything he has taught me to good use, get my head down, stay consistent and hopefully get into the semi-finals – at least…” 

Find the Trois-Rivieres RX2 entry list here.

 

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