Barely two weeks before the 2021 FIA World Rallycross Championship campaign gets underway in Catalunya (23-24 July), the all-new FIA RX2e Championship – the first-ever FIA electric rallycross championship – has confirmed the ten protagonists who will go wheel-to-wheel for the honour of securing the series’ maiden victory in Spain.
A joint venture between Spanish electro-mobility specialist QEV Technologies and Swedish rallycross powerhouse Olsbergs MSE, RX2e is very much a glimpse of the discipline’s exciting electric future and is set to provide a pathway to the top of the sport for aspiring stars, with equal equipment meaning talent will shine through. And there is no shortage of talent on the Barcelona entry list...
Guillaume De Ridder was the first driver to sign up and comes with an impressive pedigree, having twice finished second overall in RX2e’s predecessor, RX2, and clinched the crown in RallyX Nordic’s Supercar Lites category in 2018. The Belgian additionally has experience of World Championship competition following a full season at the pinnacle of the sport in 2019, so is sure to be right on the leading pace.
Fraser McConnell is similarly a well-known name on the World RX scene, having earned himself a legion of fans with his ultra-committed driving style in RX2 two years ago. The Jamaican has since gone on to establish himself as a winner at Supercar level in RallyX Nordic, and returns to Catalunya with happy memories, having pulled off a sensational overtake to seal the RX2 runner-up spoils on his series and circuit debut in 2019.
His fellow duellist in that battle – Jesse Kallio – is another to have thrown his hat into the ring for RX2e glory, and the Flying Finn is certain to be a front-runner. Frenchman Damien Meunier also shone in Barcelona two years ago, progressing through to the final first time out in RX2, while Norwegian teenager Ole Henry Steinsholt arrives with a formidable reputation as a multiple national and North European Zone champion in both CrossCar and rallycross.
Patrick O’Donovan – the 17-year-old son of former British Rallycross Champion and FIA Euro RX podium-finisher Ollie O’Donovan – might be the youngest competitor in the field, but the Irishman is fast earning his spurs in the sport and will unquestionably be one to watch.
The partisan crowds, meanwhile, will be able to cheer on no fewer than three homegrown drivers, headlined by rising star Pepe Arqué and seasoned rally ace, Pablo Suárez. Fellow Spaniard José-Luis García Molina and vastly experienced Brit Mark Flaherty complete the ten-strong line-up.
RX2e entry list - World RX of Catalunya 2021
|5||Pablo SUÁREZ||ESP||Ruben Fernandez Gil||ESP|
|12||Pepe ARQUÉ||ESP||Escuderia Mollerussa||ESP|
|13||Patrick O'DONOVAN||GBR||Patrick O'Donovan||GBR|
|21||Damien MEUNIER||FRA||Damien Meunier||FRA|
|35||Fraser MCCONNELL||SWE||Fraser McConnell||SWE|
|47||Jesse KALLIO||FIN||Jesse Kallio||FIN|
|55||José-Luis GARCIA MOLINA||ESP||G4 Motors SA||CHE|
|77||Mark FLAHERTY||GBR||Mark Flaherty||GBR|
|88||Ole-Henry STEINSHOLT||NOR||Ole-Henry Steinsholt||NOR|
|96||Guillaume DE RIDDER||BEL||Guillaume De Ridder||BEL|