Not satisfied with being the 2014 British Swift Rallycross Champion, and currently leading the 2015 championship with maximum points after just 2 rounds, Tristan Ovenden will be stepping up to the FIA World Rallycross support class of the RX Lites. Initially only at Lydden Hill for round 2, but with the possibility of further rounds later in the year.
Ovenden travelled to Turkey and the Intercity Istanbul Park race circuit just before Christmas for testing with the RX Lite team. Although he wasn’t planning on racing this season his smooth race craft was apparent and soon an offer from Swedish based JC Raceteknik for a drive at round 2 was on offer, an opportunity that for Ovenden was too good to pass up.
Round 2 will see Ovenden up against some of the brightest rising stars in world Rallycross with names like Kevin Hansen, Kevin Eriksson and Nelson Piquet Jr and Mitchell Dejong all having raced in the class previously.
Tristan Ovenden, #72:
“The opportunity is really thanks to Graham Rodemark at Autopoint. The test I did at Istanbul Park in December probably put it out there that I might be after a drive in the RX Lites, although this was never the plan.
Then a few months ago Graham called me and said his friend from JC Raceteknik, possibly had a car available if I was interested. Such an exciting opportunity just had be pursued, so we worked hard to find a budget and with a new title sponsor in plant equipment supplier ‘Promac Solutions’ we got a deal secured.”
“I would really just like to be competitive with the regular drivers in the championship and put on some good racing for my home crowd.”