Bennett keen to make ARX return with Fiesta in 2019
(March 12, 2019) – British Xite Racing team driver Oliver Bennett is keen to make appearances in Americas Rallycross (ARX) this season.
Bennett was one of the regular ARX competitors in his Mini Cooper SX1 last year and took part in the first ever standalone ARX round at the Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas. From there he competed at the Grand Prix du Trois-Rivieres in Canada and in the second visit to COTA in September, in his first season with the new car. “My favorite part of ARX in 2018 was probably the first event I came out to. Just to be part of the first race at COTA was great, driving with Ken Block, Steve Arpin, Tanner Foust and some of the biggest names in the United States was really good. Unfortunately we had some car issues which dampened the event for us, but our performance was really good. It was disappointing result wise but it was sick just to be out there as part of that environment,” said Bennett.
The former motocross rider enjoyed the interaction with fans in the U.S. and the awareness it raised for himself and his team. “The Mini got some really great engagement in the States, there’s some really passionate Mini fans out with you guys which was really cool. The level of competition and the brand awareness was brilliant. My most memorable moment was probably in a race at COTA where I got spun out twice by the Subarus the first two corners, after we’d made a blinding start. That was an interesting one! Hopefully I will get my own back on them one day soon, not by pushing them off but by beating them.”
Bennett is using the iconic Mini to race in a full FIA World Rallycross Championship program this season, but is looking at options to race the Xite Racing team’s Olsbergs MSE Ford Fiesta in ARX 2019. “I’m definitely interested in doing more ARX. World Rallycross is our focus this year with the Mini, but we have a second car. I really like driving the Fiesta, it’s competitive and really fun so I’ve been looking at ways to bring that to the States. I’m keen to compete so let’s see what happens.”