Oliver Bennett Returns to ARX for Season Finale at World RX USA
British driver Oliver Bennett will return to Americas Rallycross (ARX) for the final round of the 2018 season at the Circuit of The Americas in two weeks (September 29 – 30) in Austin, Texas.
The Xite Racing driver made his ARX debut in round two at COTA back in July and also raced his unique Mini Cooper S in round three at the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres in Canada.
Bennett is racing in a mixed program of FIA World Rallycross Championship and ARX events this season with the Mini, and is competing in round nine of World RX in Latvia this weekend, before traveling to the U.S. “The guys in ARX are great fun to drive with and it’s exciting racing for me because we’re a lot closer to the pace of the guys than at the top in World RX,” he said. “You get a lot of laps in ARX and it’s really enjoyable to race against those guys. I know who I can take some time out of and who I can’t so it’s a good field to race in.”
COTA will be the first circuit on the ARX calendar that the new-for-2018 championship has visited for a second time, giving Bennett confidence of getting quickly up to speed on the permanent rallycross circuit in Texas on the back of developments made to the car.
“I was quick initially at COTA last time because it’s quite a small, tight track which suits the Mini well with the shorter wheelbase. I’m looking forward to going to the track. We were due a final there last time but we had some problems with the throttle. The car is running the best it ever has now so I’m definitely hoping for a final this time,” he said. “It’s tough against the competition but I’m in the mix. I’ve had a decent bit of seat time now, we’ve just put a new clutch in which seems to be working really well so I’m excited. We’re getting quicker and quicker at every event.”
Tickets for the ARX Finale at World RX USA are available for purchase now. See the American debut of the FIA World Rallycross championship alongside the championship finale of ARX. Tickets for the September 29-30 event at Circuit of The Americas are available now at www.worldrxusa.com/tickets.