O’Donovan returns to Euro RX in Norway with competition winning livery
Irish rallycross driver Ollie O’Donovan will get his European rallycross season underway this weekend at Hell in Norway, at the second round of the FIA European Rallycross Championship, as Team RX Racing reveal the competition winning livery for it’s Ford Fiesta Supercar.
Tony Bardy Motorsport has just completed a full rebuild and update of the Team RX Racing Fiesta, which will be used for the first time this season in Norway. Twelve months ago at the Hell circuit, O’Donovan made the Euro RX final and finished fifth, scoring the best ever result for an Irishman in the European Rallycross Supercar category in the process.
The car will sport the new livery for the first time this weekend, designed by competition winner, Alex Ware. The winning entry was selected from a range of entrants from across Europe, Ware’s design being chosen not only for its simplicity, but also the clean, sharp colours that represent the team’s primary sponsor, The Shannon Group. As his prize, Ware will receive a helicopter ride, a two-seater RX150 buggy experience and a pair of tickets to a rallycross event of his choice. Second and third place prizes have been awarded to Alex Odell and Ian Fishbourne respectively for their efforts.
“We had a lot of entries to the competition, and we had a lot of fun trying to decide which livery to go for. Alex’s design is nice, uncluttered and clean, which fits well with us as a team and The Shannon Group as a brand,” said O’Donovan. “We’re really looking forward to racing in Norway this weekend, Tony (Bardy) has put a huge amount of work into the Fiesta to get it ready in time after we were forced to miss the opening round in Belgium. As usual for me, I haven’t been able to test, but we know the car is good and I have experience of the track in Norway, so that won’t be a problem.”
“We scored a great result in Hell last season, but the competition is probably twice as strong now. Really our first goal has to be to try and qualify for the semi-finals, and then after that, anything can happen. At the same time, the car is going to be away from the workshop for over a month now, so we need to preserve it too. We’re really looking forward to the weekend.”
The Team RX Racing outfit will stay in Scandinavia following the Norwegian event ahead of the third round of the European Rallycross Championship in Sweden next month, before traveling directly to Belgium for the fifth round of the MSA British Rallycross Championship at Maasmechelen two weeks later.
Action in Norway gets underway on Friday evening in Norway (June 10), with qualifying races taking place on Saturday (June 11) and the semi-finals and finals on Sunday (June 12).
Keep up with the action via the Team RX Racing Facebook page, and the official FIA World Rallycross Championship website and social media channels.