Pepe Arqué will join the FIA RX2e Championship for its season finale at the Nürburgring in a fortnight’s time (27-28 November) – four months on from when he was originally due to make his debut in the series.
Following a promising pre-season test outing, the Spaniard featured on the entry list for RX2e’s Catalunya curtain-raiser back in July, but a positive COVID-19 test saw him miss out on the maiden weekend of action in the first-ever FIA electric rallycross championship.
Now, he has a second chance to enter the fray, and he arrives in the pioneering series boasting an impressive reputation from the junior formulae. Having achieved success in karting at regional, national and international level, Arqué stepped up to CrossCar competition in 2016 and was an immediate revelation in the domestic championship, finishing second in his rookie campaign in the Junior category before clinching the 2017 title.
That prompted a step-up again to Senior level in 2018, winning at Carballo en route to third in the overall standings and adding further podiums to his tally in 2019 – while dovetailing his CrossCar commitments with appearances in the RallyX Nordic-supporting RX Academy, placing sixth at Kouvola and fourth at Tierp in a field of predominantly Scandinavian specialists.
Last year, the 20-year-old finished second in the Catalonian CrossCar Championship and fourth in the Spanish CrossCar Championship, reaching the rostrum again this season at Arteixo and Mollerussa. Now, he is preparing to test his mettle against the RX2e regulars – including friend and compatriot Pablo Suárez, for whom he acted as spotter and driver coach at Höljes in August.
“After being unable to compete in Barcelona as we had planned, I am very excited to be on the Nürburgring starting grid,” Arqué enthused. “I am aware that I am at a disadvantage compared to my rivals because we do not have the experience of driving the RX2e car all season, but it will be interesting to see where we can be throughout the weekend. The goal is to remain focussed to ensure we learn and gain maximum experience for 2022.”
“Pepe faces a tough task getting on terms with drivers who have been pushing the limits all season,” added RX2e Project Manager, Pere Gonzalez, “but he has demonstrated impressive natural ability across several categories already in his career and we expect him to adapt quickly to the unique demands of RX2e.”