Cabot Bigham will make his rallycross return this weekend by competing in the Americas Rallycross-supporting ARX2 class at Trois-Rivieres in Canada.
The 2016 Global Rallycross Lites champion raced a Supercar for Bryan Herta Rallysport last year, but hasn’t competed in the discipline since the turn of the year.
Bigham will be driving for Dreyer & Reinbold Racing, the same team that he raced for during his title winning campaign.
“I contacted DRR after round one of ARX2 in COTA. The pace of their cars combined with their team appearance confirmed that they were the most competitive team,” said Bigham. “I recall my 2016 rallycross season with DRR being one of my favourite years in motorsports. I am ecstatic to continue my relationship with them in the coming years of rallycross.”
“I was interested in ARX when it was just a rumour,” he added. “When Volkswagen and Subaru locked in as registered teams, it showed me I could trust the new series and try for a few more Championships.”
The Canadian event this weekend will provide Bigham the perfect opportunity to get back up to speed after missing the ARX2 season opener at Circuit of the Americas last month, with it being a double-header round to compensate for the one-make category’s absence from the bill at the Silverstone season opener.
“My personal expectations for Trois-Rivieres are to finish in the top three. This won’t be an easy task as I have seen my peers develop their driving skills over the past few years,” said Bigham. “That being said, it is a goal I am adamant on achieving. For the rest of the season, I hope to stay clear of menacing crash damages, nail my starts, and put on a clean racing show for my sponsors, friends and family.”
Rene Munnich returns in Supercars
In the headline Supercar class, Rene Munnich will return after impressing in the first round at Silverstone.
The German showed strong pace at the SpeedMachine festival, but missed the second round at COTA with the prohibitive costs of shipping his Seat Ibiza across the Atlantic being a key reason behind his absence.
At Trois-Rivieres Munnich will be driving a Ford Fiesta. The car will be run by STARD, but for a while the exact identity of the car was a mystery
M-Sport customer Loenbro Motorsports previously confirmed it wasn’t supplying the car, Bryan Herta told The Checkered Flag that his team isn’t supplying its car (which is now for sale) either, and Austin Dyne’s M-Sport Fiesta is also still listed for sale.
It has since been revealed that Munnich’s entry will be ran by the Austrian team that has campaigned in World RX this year with Jānis Baumanis, Qinghua Ma, and Joni-Pekka Rajala.