MEET THE ROOKIES: WORLD RX 2019
Friday 29th of March 2019
Four drivers from the 16 permanent entries to the FIA World Rallycross Championship begin their Rookie World RX season this time next week in Abu Dhabi, but who are they?
Cyril Raymond – GCK Academy – Renault Clio RS RX
France’s Cyril Raymond has been racing as part of the World RX event package for a few years. He moved from circuit racing in France to compete in the Twingo R1 Cup and won titles on his way through the French Rallycross Championship ladder, ending up with a selected programme in Supercar. He then made his World RX weekend debut at Canada RX in the RX Lites Cup (now called the RX2 International Series) in 2015 and immediately finished on the podium. In the next two years he won the title.
Raymond made his Supercar debut at Estering in Germany with the Olsbergs MSE team as his prize for winning RX2 in 2016, but after his second title he signed to drive a Peugeot 208 WRX Supercar in the FIA European Rallycross Championship for Supercar last year. He won his home round at Loheac in France and finished third in the Championship.
Guillaume De Ridder – GCK Academy – Renault Clio RS RX
Belgium’s Guillaume De Ridder switched into rallycross straight into World RX events in the RX2 International Series, after starting his career in karting then moving to rally in 2013. He drove in the Ford Fiesta Sport Trophy, then later a Peugeot 208 R2 in the French Rally Cup and in events in Belgium, but it was in RX2 where he really showed his skills. Driving for JC Raceteknik in 2017, De Ridder finished on the podium for the first time at Holjes in Sweden, the first of three podiums that year, then signed for Olsbergs MSE to battle for the RX2 title last season and finished second in the Championship.
Krisztian Szabo – EKS Sport – Audi S1
Hungary’s Krisztian Szabo moved from Hungarian and European autocross to rallycross with the Volland Racing team in the FIA European Rallycross Championship for Super1600 in Italy, for the last round of the 2014 season. There he finished on the podium, then won the first race of the 2015 season in Portugal. He finished the year third in the Championship. Remaining with the Volland Racing team for the next two years he scored back-to-back Euro RX Super1600 titles. Last season Szabo made two starts with EKS in Euro RX Supercar and finished second on his debut at Loheac in France.
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Rokas Baciuska – ESmotorsport – Skoda Fabia
Lithuania’s Rokas Baciuska is the least experienced of the rookies in World RX 2019. After competing in karting, Baciuska signed for Volland Racing to race at Loheac in France for the first time in 2017, driving in the FIA European Rallycross Championship for Super1600. He would have scored a debut podium, but for a post-race penalty. In the next round in Latvia, Baciuska finished second in the final. Last season, he started the year with a Volland Racing Skoda Fabia then switched to an Audi A1 when the new car was introduced and took the title.