Mo­tor­sport En­gi­neer­ing stu­dent Shiels swaps ral­ly­ing for ral­ly­cross af­ter maiden RX150 test out­ing

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For­mer For­mula 1000 Ju­nior Rally Cham­pi­onship com­peti­tor Ge­or­gia Shiels will com­pete in the RX150 Ral­ly­cross Cham­pi­onship this year.

Shiels, cur­rently a Univer­sity of Bolton Mo­tor­sport En­gi­neer­ing stu­dent, tested one of the sin­gle- make bug­gies for the first time re­cently and has switched from her ini­tial plans to com­pete in a Ford Fi­esta R2 rally car this sea­son.

“This has all come about re­ally quickly, but it’s go­ing to be a re­ally ex­cit­ing year,” said the 21-year-old.

“I’ve been to watch ral­ly­cross a few times be­fore and it’s a bit sim­i­lar to ral­ly­ing in that you can go side­ways a lot, and who doesn’t love go­ing side­ways a lot?

“The bug­gies feel very dif­fer­ent to drive to what they look like – the power in them is im­mense. I’ve never driven any­thing so pow­er­ful be­fore, or even any­thing that’s rear-wheel-drive be­fore, but I picked it up pretty quickly and had loads of fun in the end.”

Dou­ble BTRDA Club­mans Ral­ly­cross cham­pion John Ward will also join the RX150 se­ries this year.

Shiels en­joyed RX150 test out­ing

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