Supercar Lites leader Guillaume De Ridder says he is committing to a full season of RallyX Nordic because the competitive series will play a significant part in his quest to win the RX2 International Series too.
The Belgian is dovetailing his RX2 commitments with a title-targeting campaign in RallyX Nordic driving with Olsbergs MSE and has started the season in fine style with a maximum points’ haul in the opening two rounds in Holjes and Arvika.
For De Ridder, success in Supercar Lites is representative of winning on the international stage since the majority of drivers choose to compete in RallyX Nordic too.
“RallyX Nordic is hugely competitive because if you look at the drivers competing here and in RX2 then they are mainly the same – it’s like another RX2 championship. When you look at the guy who was second to me in Arvika – Ben-Philip Gundersen – he won in Belgium, we have Sondre Evjen who has already scored two podiums… so the level is really high.”
While the competition is familiar, De Ridder says competing on a selection of different circuits allows him to develop as a driver since they present a new challenge each time he gets into the car.
“We have a lot of fun driving on the Nordic tracks because they are up and down, there are jumps, technical corners, you have a bit of everything… that is all part of the challenge!
“They help to make me a better driver. It is good to learn new tracks and not just compete in RX2 because it forces you to adapt quickly, so you keep that quick adaptation and work on it elsewhere. These tracks are very technical compared to other tracks in Europe. It isn’t easy and that is what I am looking for, it takes me to another level.”
Round 3 of the 2018 RallyX Nordic season takes place at Grenland, Norway on 23-24 June.