Friday | 10 Dec 2021

Arqué targeting full season in 2022 after ‘dream’ RX2e debut in Germany

Pepe Arqué is aiming to contest the full FIA RX2e Championship campaign in 2022, after starring during what he described as a ‘dream’ debut in the all-electric single-make series at World RX of Germany last month.

Pepe Arqué is aiming to contest the full FIA RX2e Championship campaign in 2022, after starring during what he described as a ‘dream’ debut in the all-electric single-make series at World RX of Germany last month.

Following a promising pre-season try-out, Arqué had initially been due to join the RX2e grid on home soil for the Catalunya curtain-raiser back in July, only for a positive COVID-19 test to rule him out of competing. The Nürburgring, by contrast, represented entirely uncharted territory for the Spaniard – and the decidedly wintry weather when he arrived further complicated his learning curve.

Be that as it may and belying his comparative lack of experience, Arqué was immediately on the pace, producing a confident and mature performance to secure the third-fastest time in Q1 behind only title protagonists Guillaume De Ridder and Jesse Kallio.

The 20-year-old Barcelona native backed that up with further top five displays in both Q3 and Q4 to place fifth in the intermediate classification, and then exploited a perfect joker strategy to get the better of series regulars Isak Sjökvist and Patrick O’Donovan for second position in his semi-final. That meant that – for the first time in a major international rallycross competition – two Spanish drivers were in the final, with countryman Pablo Suárez similarly progressing through.

Despite the tricky conditions and mud on his windscreen limiting visibility, Arqué produced another eye-catching run to take the chequered flag sixth – and after continually improving his pace and honing his racecraft throughout, the 2017 Spanish Junior CrossCar Champion and 2020 Catalonian CrossCar Championship runner-up is now eager for more electric action moving forward.

“Competing in the last round of the FIA RX2e Championship was a dream come true!” he enthused. “World RX of Germany was an incredibly challenging weekend, especially having barely driven the car before compared to most of my rivals, and with the conditions changing all the time, it was quite easy to make mistakes.

“We just took the weekend step-by-step. It was our objective to make it into the final, and to achieve that first time out felt so special. This year we worked hard to enter at least one round of RX2e and having really enjoyed it, we are focussing our efforts on trying to drive the whole season next year. Thanks to all those who supported me!”