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Starts: Thursday, June 27, 2024 at 8:00:00 AM
ERC Delfi Rally Estonia
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Ferratum World RX of Sweden 1
Sweden
Starts: Saturday, July 6, 2024 at 6:00:00 AM

Fri 15 Dec 2023

World RX Season Review: Patrick O’Donovan

Despite his evident pedigree in the sport, not many forecast a podium finish for Patrick O’Donovan on his FIA World Rallycross Championship debut. Yet that is exactly what the talented young Brit delivered...

It should perhaps have come as little surprise. Patrick O’Donovan was already a winner in both the FIA European Rallycross Championship and FIA RX2e Championship, and two times a British Rallycross Champion – but still, not many forecast a podium finish for the talented young Brit on his FIA World Rallycross Championship debut. Yet that is exactly what he delivered.


As a ‘wildcard’ entry for Hansen World RX Team in Hong Kong, O’Donovan was keeping his expectations firmly in-check, describing the opportunity as the greatest challenge of his burgeoning career to-date. Then in the first competitive session – qualifying practice on the Saturday morning – he went third-quickest.


The 19-year-old missed out on a spot in the final that day by a mere 14 thousandths-of-a-second, but he more than made amends 24 hours later, vaulting from the back of the grid up to third in the last race of the weekend and thereafter artfully fending off 2019 world champion Timmy Hansen to reach the rostrum in only his second outing at the highest level.


As statements go, it was impressive indeed.


2023 Stats

World RX Starts:
2
Wins: 0
Podiums: 1
Finals Reached: 1
Best Result: 3rd
Points: 22
Championship Position: 11th