Oliver Bennett Returns to Americas Rallycross in Canada
British driver Oliver Bennett will make his second Americas Rallycross (ARX) start of the season at Trois-Rivieres in Canada next week (August 4-5), racing the Xite Racing Mini Cooper SX1 Supercar.
Bennett made his ARX debut in round two at the DirtFish ARX of Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas and showed solid potential, but was removed from contention by a technical problem. His team resolved the issue before the semifinals, and he just missed the final by one position.
“I loved the event in COTA despite some technical difficulties we had with electronics in the car between Q2 and Q4. The COTA track in the Mini was very enjoyable to drive with fast changes in direction, it suited our car well. Our performance straight into Q1 was strong sitting P2 behind Ken Block until the last lap when we had the first electrical throttle fault causing the car to cut out and me to slide to a stop in the corner. We were fighting that issue all the way to the semifinals, where we showed we had the speed but it just wasn’t our luck that day,” said Bennett. “All in all, the event was a great success, the fans are so engaging in ARX and they all loved the Mini.”
Bennett had initially planned to miss the Canadian round of the season at the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres, but after a strong performance at COTA he will continue his North American challenge at the famous FIA World Rallycross Championship circuit. “I feel like I could have really challenged for a top final position at COTA if we didn’t have some setbacks. I’m hoping we can reset that luck in Canada, it’s nice to be able to fight which isn’t possible for us yet in World RX, where the other teams have a lot of track time and data. I loved the support that the ARX fans give, it’s very enjoyable to entertain them.”
For a large number of the ARX drivers competing at GP3R it will be their first visit to the Canadian circuit, making getting up to speed a little easier for Bennett, who is only in his second season of racing in rallycross. “We should all be fresh to the circuit, which makes it exciting. I’m aiming for the final in Canada. Like I said if things went differently in COTA we could have been on that final grid and I tried to make a few moves on the Subaru in the semi-final but with limited track space it just wasn’t enough.”
The ARX and ARX2 field takes on the GP3R track on Saturday and Sunday, August 4-5.
To watch ARX of Canada live, go to Facebook.com/ARXRallycross. Coverage from Canada begins at 1:40 p.m. ET with Qualifying 1. For more information about ARX, go to ARXRallycross.com and follow @ARXRallycross on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
Tickets and information: GP3R.com or 1-866-416-9797.