RETURNING HAUG READY TO 'PUSH FOR PODIUMS' IN 2018
After successfully earning his spurs last season, Glenn Haug is returning to the fiercely-contested RX2 International Series presented by Cooper Tires in 2018 with the goal of building upon what he learned in his rookie campaign to push for podiums in the official FIA World Rallycross Championship feeder series.
Having previously competed predominantly in his native Norway, Haug stepped up to RX2 in 2017 and immediately impressed, belying his relative inexperience to place fifth in the Intermediate Classification in each of the first three rounds. More notably still, he went on to take the chequered flag fourth in the final both at Mettet and on home turf at Hell to occupy the same position in the title standings.
The 25-year-old reached the semi-final stage at Lydden Hill, Höljes and Lohéac – the only three circuits on the calendar of which he had prior knowledge. Whilst more challenging weekends in the two long-haul events in Canada and South Africa dropped him to ninth in the overall points table come season’s end, Haug is ready to climb the order in 2018.
“It’s great to be returning to RX2 this year,” he enthused. “Last season was extremely enjoyable both on and off-track, with plenty of entertaining battles and a great atmosphere in the paddock. With everybody competing in equal machinery, the racing is super-close and there’s a lot of respect between the drivers out on the circuit.
“We didn’t necessarily achieve the results we were aiming for last year, but we were consistently there in the fight and with just a little bit more speed and luck in 2018, I know we can push for podiums – hopefully beginning in Belgium!”
The 2018 RX2 International Series presented by Cooper Tires will take in seven rounds across three continents in support of the FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy, visiting Belgium, Great Britain, Norway, Sweden, Canada, France and South Africa.
2018 RX2 International Series presented by Cooper Tires Calendar
May 12/13 Mettet, Belgium
May 26/27 Silverstone, Great Britain
June 09/10 Hell, Norway
June 30/July 01 Höljes, Sweden
August 04/05 Trois-Rivières, Canada
September 01/02 Lohéac, France
November 24/25 Cape Town, South Africa