The 2018 RallyX Nordic calendar has been officially unveiled today (6 December), with a shake-up resulting in the welcome inclusion of iconic rallycross venue Höljes and Kouvola and an eagerly-anticipated new addition at Tierp.
Three countries currently feature on the six-round schedule, with the potential for a fourth to be added at the still-to-be-confirmed third event in May. Supercars and Supercar Lites will form the backbone of the popular series, with the Renault Clio-based RX Academy joining them at selected venues (see below).
The season will begin, as in 2017, at Grenland in Norway in April, before moving on to Höljes – the circuit that hosts the Swedish round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship – and an as yet unnamed venue in May.
Sweden’s Arvika follows in June, before a summer break ahead of the final two events. Kouvola in Finland – which last staged World RX back in 2014 – is next in August, with new purpose-built track Tierp in Sweden bringing down the curtain on the campaign in October. The latter – located just an hour north of Stockholm – will be preceded by a test and media day on 18 September.
“The 2018 RallyX Nordic calendar includes some fantastic locations, some of which have never featured in the championship before,” enthused Olsbergs MSE CEO Andreas Eriksson. “Kouvola in particular has stirred up a lot of interest. As a country with a tremendous motorsport heritage, we are working closely with the Finnish Federation and are excited to see what they will bring to the series as we bid to further build this incredible sport across the border.
“In another significant change, all RallyX Nordic communications moving forward will be in English, as we seek to bring the series more in-line with the FIA European and World Championships. That is just one of a raft of initiatives that will be introduced over the course of the year – so watch this space!”
“Whilst RallyX Nordic is still very much a Nordic series and the challenge remains as compelling as always – if not even more so with the addition of the new venues for 2018 – this season is set to be slicker and more professional than ever before,” echoed Joel Christofferson, Team Principal of rival outfit JC Raceteknik.
“The organisers have taken great care to mould the schedule around other key calendars to avoid clashes as far as possible and to complement the European and World Championships, which is essential if we want to allow drivers to gain experience. We see the new-look RallyX Nordic as a stepping-stone to the likes of RX2 and World RX – as we help to hone the world championship stars of the future.”
2018 RallyX Nordic Calendar
April 21/22 Grenland, Norway
May 5/6 Höljes, Sweden*
May 19/20 TBA
June 2/3 Arvika, Sweden
August 25/26 Kouvola, Finland*
October 6/7 Tierp, Sweden*
*Events including the RX Academy