Swift champ Heath­cote eyes RX Lites grad­u­a­tion

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Re­cently crowned Swift Sport Ral­ly­cross cham­pion Nathan Heath­cote is tar­get­ing a move to the RX Lites World Ral­ly­cross Cham­pi­onship sup­port class.

The cat­e­gory will be re­branded next sea­son as RX2.

Heath­cote won the Bri­tish Ral­ly­cross Swift ti­tle this year un­der the guid­ance of ex­pe­ri­enced en­gi­neer Gra­ham Rode­mark, who also ran Kevin Hansen in the Bri­tish Cham­pi­onship be­fore mov­ing with the Swede to RX Lites in 2014, win­ning the crown in 2015.

“Af­ter two years in the Swift cham­pi­onship I def­i­nitely feel it’s time to move up. It has been a great foot­step into ral­ly­cross for me,” said Heath­cote. “Af­ter dis­cussing the fu­ture with Gra­ham and the team, my ideal plan for next sea­son would be rac­ing RX Lites. I feel I could gain a lot of ex­pe­ri­ence in that cham­pi­onship, out there on a big­ger stage. Gra­ham is very en­thu­si­as­tic to stay onboard with me but it all de­pends on what I race next year, as he has com­mit­ments in World RX too.”

Heath­cote had ini­tially con­sid­ered rac­ing a Su­per­car in Bri­tish RX next sea­son, but de­cided on the world stage.

“I feel I could make a big­ger name for my­self and gain a lot more ex­pe­ri­ence rac­ing against driv­ers from around the world in RX Lites,” he added.

“My long-term goal is to be driv­ing a World Ral­ly­cross Su­per­car. It has al­ways been a dream to race cars around the world as a ca­reer.”

The 2017 RX2 cham­pi­onship will run along­side World RX at seven events next year, in­clud­ing the fly­away rounds in Canada and South Africa.

Heath­cote will move up

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