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RX2 BATTLE RESUMES IN CAPE TOWN

France’s Cyril Raymond heads into the final round of the RX2 International Series at Cape Town in South Africa next weekend as the FIA World Rallycross Championship’s single-make support category Champion, the 2016 title-holder adding the 2017 crown to his list of accolades at the penultimate round in France.

Behind Raymond in the points, there are battles for overall positions throughout the field, with a maximum score of 30 points available in Cape Town. Britain’s Dan Rooke won his first RX2 final in Sweden and is second in the points, 22 points ahead of Belgium’s Guillaume De Ridder, who has finished on the podium in the last three rounds. In the battle for fourth overall, Sweden’s William Nilsson, America’s Tanner Whitten and Sweden’s Simon Olofsson are separated by just four points, while 11 points further behind, Latvia’s Vasily Gryazin and Norway’s Glenn Haug are tied for seventh position. The pair are currently five points ahead of Norway’s Sondre Evjen, who won the finale of the support category formerly known as RX Lites in Latvia last season.

Tenth in the RX2 Championship is held by Sweden’s Andreas Backman, who is 30 points behind Nilsson in fourth, meaning seven drivers stand a mathematical chance of finishing fourth overall at the end of the season. In the 16-car RX2 line up for World RX’s first visit to South Africa, regular drivers Norway’s Thomas Holmen and Simon-Wago Syversen, and Sweden’s Anders Michalak, Jessica Backman and Stein Fredrik Akre are all targeting a podium finish to conclude their respective seasons.

As he did at Canada RX in August, France’s Guerlain Chicherit will swap the Renault Clio Supercar he has raced in selected World RX appearances this season for an RX2 machine to race in South Africa, as he continues to learn the world’s rallycross circuits ahead of the GCK team’s assault on World RX 2018 with a pair of Prodrive built Renault Megane Supercars.