Pepe Arqué, Pablo Suárez and José Luis García Molina are the three confirmed Spanish pilots in the FIA RX2e, the new electric category of the World Rally Championship
They will participate in the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on July 23 and 24 at the wheel of electric cars that have generated great expectations around the world
There are three weeks left for the Catalunya RX and it has already come to light which three Spanish pilots have confirmed their presence in one of the great novelties of this edition, the new RX2e electric category. The Canarian Pablo Suárez and the Catalans Pepe Arqué and José Luis García Molina are the new confirmed riders who will compete on Friday 23 and Saturday 24 at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.
The first ever FIA Electric Rallycross Championship, which will function as a support series for the FIA World Rallycross Championship, kicks off in Barcelona in a unique nighttime format. Competitors will meet in identical four-wheel-drive vehicles capable of generating 250 kW (335 hp) of power.
These electric vehicles, linked to sustainability and respect for the environment, have generated great expectations among drivers and fans around the world for their first season in the World Championship. Following previous tests to observe the performance of these cars, Kevin Hansen has been able to give his opinion: “Electric is the future of rallycross and these cars are incredible. They are the future”.
Timmy added to his brother’s words: “I was very impressed by the car. The technology available with electric cars has much more potential than what we can obtain with conventional engines”. This all-electric series will showcase highly talented drivers at the wheel of pioneering and cutting-edge vehicles, including the three Spanish representatives.
Young promise full of talent
The 20-year-old pilot from Martorell, Pepe Arqué, is synonymous with enthusiasm, talent and future. He has already achieved several junior championship victories and now he arrives at the FIA RX2e Championship with a lot of energy.
It has been one of the revelations in the world of Carcross. Since 2018, he has been one of the protagonists of the absolute category of Carcross, obtaining the sub-championship of Catalunya in 2020 and the fourth position in the Spanish Carcross Championship. His ambition goes beyond this discipline and in 2019 he had the opportunity to take his first steps in rallycross.
In statements collected by the FIA RX2e Rallycross Championship, Arqué has expressed his enthusiasm for participating in the new electric category: “Being in Barcelona for the start of this new era and the launch of the first-ever FIA electric rallycross championship is a dream come true. I have tested the car and I have to admit that it is mega! QEV Technologies and Olsberg MSE have done a great job. I believe my experience in the Carcross championships and appearances in RX Academy will help me to race against the best drivers in the category”.
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A tough challenge for the Canarian pilot
The Canarian Pablo Suárez, who will represent the island of Gran Canaria throughout Europe, will compete together with the young Pepe Arqué. Suárez has many of the attributes necessary to be successful at this stage. In his record, he has victories such as the Canarian Asphalt Rally Championship, where he was crowned champion in 2014.
The 28-year-old Spaniard has now challenged himself to learn and try unfamiliar environments. So that, he is very excited to start this new adventure at home: “RX2e will be the biggest challenge of my career so far. I’m not as experienced in rallycross as some of the drivers I will be up against, but it is a category that has always caught my attention because of its all-out action”.
He also hopes that the championship will be a real spectacle for the fans and that sustainable racing will be shown to be possible and fun. “The RX2e car’s performance is all about what the drivers want. It is easy to drive to the limit and it can be easily adjusted to different driving styles, meaning we should see some epic racing“.
🤩La primera carrera inaugural toca en casa, Circuit de Catalunya- los días 23 y 24 de Julio @CatalunyaRX
— Pablo Suárez (@pablo_suarez05) July 6, 2021
A veteran in the rally’s world
To the confirmation of Pepe Arqué and Pablo Suárez has been added by veteran José Luis García Molina. The Ametlla de Vallés driver has a lot of experience in the world of motorsports and now he will have the opportunity to apply all his knowledge of rally to rallycross.
He is a versatile driver who, for many years, has competed in the field of rallying, although his beginnings were on two wheels. After riding motorcycles since he was seven years old, his passion for cars led him to make the change to all four wheels. He has achieved several victories in the Spanish Endurance and GT Championships, and in 2017 he played his first full championship, the Catalan Gravel Rally Championship in Spain. In 2019 he achieved an outstanding victory in the Osona Rally and he’s currently participating in the Spanish Rally Super Championship. Now, he is confident that he can adapt to the cutting-edge technology that will be used in the pioneering series.
In statements collected by the FIA RX2e, the Catalan expressed his joy at making his debut in the new electric category: “I am absolutely delighted to join the FIA RX2e Championship and be part of a very important moment in motorsport. I am looking forward to driving the new vehicle because the technology used is truly staggering. The racing we will be able to produce should be really entertaining”.
❗️ DRIVER ANNOUNCEMENT ❗️@jimpomeroy delighted to be part of ‘important moment in motorsport’ as FIA RX2e gears up for debut campaign
— FIA RX2e Championship (@RX2eOfficial) July 4, 2021
The pilots confirmed until now
So that, Pepe Arqué, José Luis García and Pablo Suárez are the three Spanish drivers who announce their participation in the FIA RX2e, a discipline that has joined the FIA World Rallycross Championship in five major European events, starting in Barcelona. The next stops are Germany, Sweden, France and Belgium, with up to 20 competitors, all of them fighting for the honor of being crowned the first electric champion.
Apart from the three Spanish drivers, the participation of the young French driver Damien Meunier, the Jamaican Fraser McConnell, the Finnish Jesse Kallio, the veteran British driver Mark Flaherty and the Belgian Guillaume De Ridder have also been confirmed so far. If you don’t want to miss the opportunity to see these pilots live, get your ticket at this link: https://bit.ly/CATRXtickets.