The RX2 International Series presented by Cooper Tires is primed to build upon a successful maiden season in 2018, with the confirmation that key partners Olsbergs, VEIDEC and title sponsor Cooper Tire Europe are all back on-board for more high-octane rallycross action.
Cooper is one of the most recognisable and reputable brands in the automotive industry, and in addition to its title partnership with RX2, the company also supplies tyres throughout the campaign to all competitors, with its first-class products enabling drivers to push to the limit in all conditions.
“As presenting sponsor to the RX2 International Series for a second consecutive year, the Cooper Tires brand continues to show its commitment to the FIA World Rallycross Championship’s feeder series and its up-and-coming drivers,” stated Sarah McRoberts, Marketing Communications Manager for Cooper Tire Europe.
“We are the sole tyre-supplier to both categories, providing rallycross tyres that offer unrivalled levels of grip and traction on the challenging mix of Tarmac and gravel surfaces. It’s exciting for us to be contributing to all the thrilling RX2 on-track action this season.”
Swedish firm Olsbergs – a specialist in the design and manufacture of electronics and hydraulics for radio remote control systems used in loader cranes and timber-handling cranes – has similarly renewed its support as an official technical partner to the burgeoning series.
“Olsbergs is delighted to play a key role in a championship that is actively seeking to discover, nurture and promote the stars of tomorrow,” enthused Olsbergs Managing Director, Jan-Erik Steen. “It is no coincidence that some of the biggest names on the World Championship stage cut their rallycross teeth at RX2 level, and as a pioneering company with our focus firmly on the future, the synergies are very clear.
“We want to be part of the growth of rallycross, and what we saw last year filled us with confidence that even bigger and better things lie just around the corner. These are exciting times for the fastest-growing discipline in the motorsport world, and we await the start of the forthcoming RX2 season with a great deal of anticipation.”
VEIDEC – a Swedish company that will supply its market-leading, sustainable chemical products for repair and maintenance purposes to all RX2 competitors in 2018 – will bolster the series’ green credentials as it returns as an official technical partner.
“The RX2 International Series is the perfect platform for expressing VEIDEC’s passion for quality and sustainability,” explains VEIDEC CEO, Rickard Pålsson. “RX2 is about action-packed combat at the very highest level, and it will be exciting to strengthen the series with our focus on health and the environment.
“We have been engaged in international motorsport for 20 years, in order to test and develop our green products for repair and maintenance under the toughest possible conditions. Now we are taking another big step forward. VEIDEC is represented in 17 countries and RX2 enables us to reach a global platform with our brand.”
With little more than a month-and-a-half remaining until RX2’s 2018 campaign races into life at Mettet in Belgium, 18 drivers are currently represented on the full-time entry list. They will be announced in due course over the coming weeks.
2018 RX2 International Series presented by Cooper Tires Calendar
May 12/13 Mettet, Belgium
May 26/27 Silverstone, Great Britain
June 09/10 Hell, Norway
June 30/July 01 Höljes, Sweden
August 04/05 Trois-Rivières, Canada
September 01/02 Lohéac, France
November 24/25 Cape Town, South Africa