Tuesday 8th of October 2019

Sami-Matti Trogen stole the show on his iRacing Rallycross World Championship debut at Atlanta Motor Speedway last weekend, as the RX2 International Series presented by Cooper Tires podium-finisher got the better of the defending iRX title-holder for a record-breaking victory first time out.

Competing for SET Esports and ‘piloting’ a Subaru WRX STI Supercar, Finnish teenager Trogen topped both qualifying and his heat race to outpace the rest of the 26-strong field and line up on pole position for the all-important, ten-car final.

Making the best launch from the front row of the grid, the former RX Academy Champion led the pack on lap one and pushed hard to fend off reigning champion Mitchell deJong once the joker laps had all shaken out. In taking the chequered flag first in the 2019 curtain-raiser, Trogen made history as iRX’s youngest-ever winner.

The second of nine rounds will take place this coming weekend at Daytona International Speedway (12 October).

“It’s quite an insane feeling, a bit unbelievable really,” confessed 17-year-old Trogen. “I’ve been practising a lot, but I didn’t know the pace we would have here in advance.

“At the start of the final, I got away really well, and throughout the race I was fully focussed and made no mistakes. I saw that Mitchell was behind me and knew I had to drive as hard as I could. I managed to build a gap and take the win. I’m really pleased.”

“This is a really good start to the season for the whole team,” echoed SET Esports Team Principal Jussi Pinomäki, whose other drivers Tommi Hallman and Joni Heikkinen finished respectively third and seventh at Atlanta. “I’m delighted for Sami-Matti; his real-world experience clearly helped and I’m very pleased with how all three of our drivers have been working together. The effort they have put in, together with their natural ability really showed.”

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