Topi Heikkinen to make US rallycross return at COTA

Credit: Subaru Rally Team USA

Topi Heikkinen will make his first US rallycross start since 2014 at the Americas Rallycross season finale at Circuit of the Americas next weekend.

The 2013 Global Rallycross champion will compete in Subaru Rally Team USA’s third entry which has been occupied by David Higgins, Travis Pastrana, and Jacques Villeneuve at the other rounds this year.

The Finn moved to the FIA World Rallycross championship for the series’ inaugural season in 2014, where he finished second in the standings with one win Belgium and a further podium finish in Turkey. After four full seasons in the world championship – where he took another win and five more podiums – Heikkinen has only competed part-time this year for MJP Racing Team Austria.

“It will be great to be back in the USA, in fact the last time I raced in the USA was in Austin in 2014 at the X Games rallycross,” said Heikkinen. “However, the track layout is much different now, so it will be all new to me.”

“I have recently had a visit to Vermont where I had a test in the Subaru WRX STI Supercar and the feeling was good straight away and the team is very focused, so I’m really looking forward to this,” he added.

Heikkinen’s triumphant 2013 GRC season saw him finish on the podium in all but once race that season – the season finale in Las Vegas where he finished fourth. His five race wining streak remained a series record until the championship’s final year in 2017.

Heikkinen broke records during his 2013 championship run – Credit: Matt Kalish/Global Rallycross