MICHALAK ‘HUNGRY’ TO MAINTAIN PROGRESS AS HE CLOSES IN ON RX2 ROSTRUM
Anders Michalak is back for a third consecutive campaign in the RX2 International Series presented by Cooper Tires in 2019, as the Swede bids to build upon his best result to-date in the official FIA World Rallycross Championship feeder series.
A successful hillclimbing, Supermoto and Crosskart competitor before switching to rallycross, Michalak came within three seconds of reaching the podium at Silverstone last May, with an excellent fourth place at the chequered flag marking his finest finish yet in the fiercely-contested single-make series.
Although unable to replicate that performance elsewhere – ultimately placing 13th in the driver standings – the 41-year-old’s gritty determination did not go unnoticed, earning him the coveted P1 Racewear ‘Hard-Charger’ accolade at the end-of-season RX2 awards ceremony.
Since then, Michalak has kept himself sharp with go-kart practice over the winter, leaving him hopeful of making further improvements when the forthcoming campaign gets underway at Spain’s Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on 27/28 April.
“2019 will be my third season in RX2, and I want to maintain the progress I’ve made over the past two years,” he asserted. “I might not be quite as young as some of the other guys, but I’m every bit as hungry and I’m focussing hard on reaching the final as many times as possible. The level of competition is clearly extremely high again, but that just serves as extra motivation for me and if you can make it into the final in rallycross, after that, anything is possible…”
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