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CHAMPION RETURNS TO DEFEND HIS CROWN

The king is back in the building. Just when it looked like the competition for the crown in this year’s RX2 International Series presented by Cooper Tires couldn’t possibly get any hotter, reigning champion Oliver Eriksson has confirmed his return. All bets are officially off.

Last year, Eriksson – a former GRC Lites and RallyX on Ice champion – came, saw and conquered in RX2. With three victories and four podium finishes from seven starts, the Swede ultimately prevailed at the end of a thrilling season-long duel with Olsbergs MSE team-mate Guillaume De Ridder to lift the laurels in the South African finale.

Fresh from another title bid in the 2019 RallyX on Ice contest, Eriksson has announced that he will be back to defend his hard-earned RX2 trophy – joining forces with OMSE newcomers Jesse Kallio and Fraser McConnell. And he has a warning for all those contemplating trying to take it away from him…

“It’s brilliant to be coming back to RX2,” the 20-year-old enthused. “I had a blast last year and it was a great battle for the championship – now the aim is obviously to repeat that success. It is often said that winning the title is tough, but defending it is even tougher – and when you look at the calibre of the competition in RX2 in 2019, I think that’s very true.

“I’m going to have my work cut out, but I’ve prepared well over the winter and competing in RallyX on Ice last month enabled me to blow away the cobwebs before the start of the new RX2 season. The target might be on my back, but I certainly don’t plan on surrendering my crown without a fight!”

The 2019 RX2 International Series presented by Cooper Tires will comprise seven rounds in support of the FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy, visiting Spain, Belgium, Great Britain, Norway, Sweden, France and South Africa.

2019 RX2 International Series presented by Cooper Tires Calendar

April 27/28                                                    Barcelona, Spain
May 11/12                                                     Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium
May 25/26                                                     Silverstone, Great Britain
June 15/16                                                    Hell, Norway
July 06/07                                                     Höljes, Sweden
August 31/September 01                    Lohéac, France
November 09/10                                      Cape Town, South Africa