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BRITISH AND GRC CHAMPIONS ENHANCE RALLYX ON ICE ENTRY

The reigning MSA British Rallycross Champion and a former Global Rallycross Champion are the latest additions to the star-studded RallyX on Ice entry list – with the opening round at Östersund in Sweden now just a few short days away.

Nathan Heathcote – who last year clinched the crown in Britain’s headlining Supercar class at his first attempt – has thrown his hat into the ring in the Supercar Lites field and will make his debut in round two at Höljes, venue for the FIA World Rallycross Championship outing in the summer.

Amongst the 20-year-old’s rivals will be World RX Supercar race-winner Kevin Eriksson, 2017 RX2 International Series presented by Cooper Tires Champion Cyril Raymond, erstwhile FIA European Rallycross Champion Robin Larsson, 2015 GRC Lites Champion Oliver Eriksson and upcoming American aces Austin Cindric, Cole Keatts and Conner Martell. Later in the campaign, he will even have the chance to go wheel-to-wheel with Verizon IndyCar Series heroes Josef Newgarden and Hélio Castroneves.

The newly-unveiled RX Academy entry list features ten protagonists, all of whom will pilot identical, factory-built Renault Clio RS RX cars and some of whom need little introduction. Joni Wiman is a former GRC Champion and X Games gold medallist, Simon Syversen is a regular front-runner in RX2, Oliver Solberg – the teenage son of motorsport hero Petter Solberg – lifted the runner-up laurels in RallyX Nordic last season and namesake Oliver Bennett finished third in the British Championship.

Add to that the likes of Timmy and Kevin Hansen and Niclas Grönholm in Speedcar Xtreme – for potent, 180km/h crosskarts – and the scene is set for a magnificent display of ice driving prowess and spectacular sideways action, with a total of 49 drivers across the three classes (24 Supercar Lites, 10 RX Academy and 15 Speedcar Xtreme), representing no fewer than 11 different nations.

Tickets for the curtain-raiser at Östersunds Motorstadion this Saturday (3 February) can be purchased on-site for SEK 100 (cash only), with gates opening at 08h30 and the racing getting underway at 09h00.

2018 RallyX on Ice Calendar

February 3           Östersund, Sweden
February 10         Höljes, Sweden
February 25         Ål, Norway
March 3                Gol, Norway

Media accreditation for all four RallyX on Ice events is now open. Interested journalists and photographers should contact RallyX on Ice Media Officer Russell Atkins (russell.atkins@mpacreative.com / +44 (0) 7725 223288). 

Supercar Lites Entry List

Josef NEWGARDEN USA (ÅL ONLY)
Hélio CASTRONEVES BRA (GOL ONLY)
Robin LARSSON SWE
Mats OSKARSSON SWE
Anders MICHALAK SWE (ÖST, HÖL ONLY)
Cyril RAYMOND FRA
Oliver ERIKSSON SWE
Hampus RÅDSTRÖM SWE
Ben-Philip GUNDERSEN NOR
Conner MARTELL USA
Austin CINDRIC USA (ÖST, HÖL ONLY)
Pelle WILÉN SWE
Petter LEIRHOL NOR
Alexander WESTLUND SWE
Nathan HEARTHCOTE GBR (HÖL, ÅL, GOL ONLY)
Cole KEATTS USA
Vasiliy GRYAZIN LVA
Jami KALLIOMÄKI FIN
Sondre EVJEN NOR
Alexander LIE NOR
Troy DOWEL AUS
Jimmie WALFRIDSSON SWE
Jonathan WALFRIDSSON SWE
Kevin ERIKSSON SWE

RX Academy on Ice Entry List

Simon SYVERSEN NOR
Oliver SOLBERG NOR
Sami-Matti TROGEN FIN
Marko MURU EST
Joni WIMAN FIN
Oliver BENNETT GBR
Jesse KALLIO FIN
Isak REIERSEN SWE
Jimi KALLIOMÄKI FIN
Marat KNYAZEV RUS

Speedcar Xtreme Entry List

Aleksander WIIK NOR
Isac EGONSSON SWE
Jimmie ÖSTERBERG SWE
Linus ÖSTLUND SWE
Nils ANDERSSON SWE
Timmy HANSEN SWE
Micke GÖTHESSON SWE
Finn Erik LØBERG NOR
Arne WIIK NOR
Niclas GRÖNHOLM FIN
Kevin HANSEN SWE
Ruve VESKI EST
Ole Henry STEINSHOLT NOR
Jonathan ESKILSSON SWE
Peter LUNDMARK SWE

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