British champion Rooke gets Canada RX2 deal

RX2 title-contender Dan Rooke will race in the next round of the World Rallycross Championship’s single-make support series in Canada next month, having secured the budget to add the first flyaway event of the year in Trois-Rivieres to his schedule.

Rooke had originally planned to race in the five European-based rounds of RX2, but has since finished on the podium in each of the four opening rounds of the year and claimed his first RX2 win at the most recent event in Sweden.

The reigning British Rallycross champion is just six points behind points leader Cyril Raymond in the standings.

He has now secured funding to make the trip overseas for the Canadian event on August 4.

“I’m really pleased that we’ve secured the budget for Canada because the championship fight is very much on,” said Rooke. “We still need to find more to finish the season, but we have to be in Canada to continue fighting for the championship – it’s so close.”

The event will mark Rooke’s first start in motorsport outside Europe. Rooke said: “I don’t know what to expect from Canada. Obviously it’s another track I have to learn, but that hasn’t hindered me too much this year so far.

“I’d like to have a very strong points haul to try and close the gap to Cyril. I understand the track is quite tight in some places with no run-off, so there’s no room for mistakes. I’ve had my taste of victory now so I’m hungry for more.”

The RX2 cars were shipped to North America with the bulk of the World RX field at the end of last week.

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