As the first-ever FIA electric rallycross championship, the FIA RX2e Championship broke new ground in Barcelona just over a week ago (23-24 July) – and as the pioneering series’ inaugural winner, Guillaume De Ridder carved out his own little piece of history for good measure.
In a peerless performance, De Ridder won every race he started around the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya to take maximum points from the event, but the Belgian – three times a top three championship finisher in the series’ RX2 predecessor, and a former semi-finalist in World RX – certainly had to dig deep for his success.
Fraser McConnell and Jesse Kallio in particular pushed the Belgian hard throughout the qualifying stages, and the Finn then harried De Ridder right the way to the chequered flag in the first of the semi-finals in Spain, but a coming-together at the start of the final eliminated both the Finn and the Jamaican from contention, offering the weekend pace-setter a clear path to a history-making victory...
“I can’t describe the weekend,” the 28-year-old reflected. “Winning every session and taking a clean sweep was just perfect. This is a new series with a lot of fast guys in the field, so I didn’t know exactly what to expect and to achieve the first-ever win and make history was just an amazing feeling – it really couldn’t have gone any better.
“Not only that, but the RX2e car was awesome. It is brand new technology, so you could forgive some small failures, but it was absolutely flawless all weekend. The guys at QEV Technologies and Olsbergs MSE have come up with a fantastic product – it’s a great piece of engineering and so much fun to drive and I really enjoyed it. I’m just living the dream.”
The 2021 RX2e campaign will resume in support of round two of the FIA World Rallycross Championship at Sweden’s iconic Höljes circuit – scene of De Ridder’s second career RX2 triumph three years ago – on 20-22 August.