EURO RX TOURINGCAR CHAMP VOLDERS COUNTING ON EXPERIENCE AND GRIT AS HE JOINS RX2 GRID
Steve Volders – the last man ever to win the now-defunct FIA European Rallycross TouringCar Championship – will join the RX2 International Series presented by Cooper Tires in 2019, hoping to draw upon his experience in the sport and promising to ‘never give up’.
Volders lifted the EuroRX TouringCar laurels in the series’ swansong last year, at the end of a thrilling campaign in which the top three drivers in the standings wound up blanketed by just two points.
Prior to that, he had claimed a number of Belgian and Dutch rallycross titles and – proving that he is just as skilled beneath the bonnet as behind the wheel – Volders and his Hefo Racing team built and developed a Ford Escort MK1 that he piloted to his first national championship crown.
Now, the 44-year-old Belgian is preparing to make his debut in the official FIA World Rallycross Championship feeder series – and he has sought advice from a former multiple RX2 race-winner ahead of the opening round in Barcelona next weekend (27/28 April).
“Honestly, I have no idea what to expect,” confessed Volders. “I have tested the Supercar Lites car a couple of times in Belgium and Holland to get an initial feel for it and I received some tips from [2018 RX2 championship runner-up and current World RX driver] Guillaume De Ridder, but it’s difficult to know where I stand until I go up against the others.
“I’m remaining realistic. My first goal is to reach the semi-final, and after that we will see what happens. The most important thing for me is to enjoy it and have fun – and then hopefully, good results will follow. I’m counting on my experience and one thing I will say is that these young chargers should watch out for the little old Belgian guy, because he never gives up!”
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