Oliver Bennet confirmed for CatalunyaRX 2019
British driver Oliver Bennett has announced that he will compete as a permanent driver in the FIA World Rallycross Championship 2019. The XITE Racing driver, who made his World RX debut at Lydden Hill in 2017, competed in all but three rounds of the world championship last year when he divided his focus with the inaugural Americas Rallycross championship. 2019 will be the first full season for Bennett in the World Championship.
“It’s good to finally be in a position where we can commit to the whole series and now the points in each round will really count,” the 26-year-old said. “It’s good to move another step this season of our test last year, this season looks very good, especially as a private team with a leveling of the competition.The battle between private teams must be intense and a little different from a series dominated by the manufacturers. ”
Bennett will begin testing with the XITE Racing Mini Cooper SX1 this week and is confident of the improvements made during the winter break. “We started the tests on February 8, which is the main test with our most important improvements and then we will evaluate them and make the changes we must make by the end of February. After that, our engines are sent to France for an update, ready to head to Abu Dhabi for the first round in April.”
The Hansen brothers create the Yellow Squad
On the other hand Kevin and Timmy Hansen have created their own junior team called Yellow Squad by Hansen, a new adventure of two of the flagship runners of the FIA World Rallycross Championship for 2019.
The Hansens say they will use their experience of competing at the highest level in complete factory programs to help young drivers in their new Cross Car team, which will compete in Scandinavian and RallyX Nordic events this year. By setting up the new team, the couple follows in the footsteps of their father Kenneth Hansen by forming a team while still competing with each other, to return something to the sport.
“Timmy and I are very excited to announce Hansen’s Yellow Squad, we’ve been looking forward to launching a campaign like this for quite some time and, finally, being able to do it is an incredible feeling.” The team will focus on the next generation of pilots who want to have success in off-road racing, “said team manager Kevin Hansen.
“We want to make sure that our drivers can concentrate on what they should do, drive a car as fast as possible, our goal is to share our experiences in everything from how to eat properly in a lazy day at home to evaluate the handling to the details small. “We firmly believe that what we have done in the past and what we are doing now is a good basis for work.”
The CatalunyaRX will once again return to the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on April 27 and 28, 2019. This is the second round of the FIAWORLD RX 2019, and the advance tickets with discounts and additional packs are still on sale: http://bit.ly/2SOeV0U