Belgian rally driver Guillaume De Ridder is set to switch over to rallycross as the latest entry to the 2017 RX2 International Series.
After a quite successful karting career, De Ridder moved to cars in 2013, entering the Ford Fiesta Sport Trophy in his home country of Belgium, whereas the following season he won the national Group N title, at the wheel of a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX.
In 2015 and 2016, Guillaume competed in both Belgium and France in a Peugeot 208 R2, dovetailing his rallying commitments with a powertrain engineering apprenticeship at Renault Sport.
As the 2017 RX2 season gets ready to kick off next month from Mettet, in his native country, 24-year-old De Ridder has his objectives clearly set.
“My aim this season is to get to grips with the world of rallycross by learning as much as possible about the handling and behaviour of the RX2 car and the tracks, so that I can be ready to do battle for the title in 2018,” De Ridder explained.
“That is my mid-term goal, and then the longer-term ambition is to step up to the pinnacle of the FIA World Rallycross Championship – and fight for the biggest trophy in the sport!”
On the grid, Guillaume will join reigning champion Cyril Raymond from France, American ace Tanner Whitten, Swedish hotshot William Nilsson as well as fellow former karters, Swedish brother and sister Andreas and Jessica Bäckman. Further announcements will be made in the following weeks.