Sol­berg Jr and Bennett sign up for RX on Ice

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Ris­ing Nor­we­gian star Oliver Sol­berg, son of triple FIA world cham­pion Pet­ter, and mul­ti­ple Bri­tish Ral­ly­cross podium fin­isher Oliver Bennett will com­pete in the sin­gle-make RX Academy on Ice series, which starts this week­end at Oster­sund in Swe­den.

The pair will race in the Ral­lyx on Ice series sup­port cat­e­gory, Sol­berg tak­ing time out of his 2018 rally pro­gramme while Bennett will use the series to pre­pare for his ral­ly­cross sea­son. They will be joined by for­mer Global Ral­ly­cross cham­pion Joni Wi­man, reign­ing RX Academy cham­pion Jesse Kal­lio and RX2 podium fin­isher Si­mon Wago Sy­versen, among oth­ers, for the first of four rounds in Swe­den and Nor­way run over five weeks.

“I’m do­ing this for some seat time in Fe­bru­ary while our cars are out of ac­tion in the re­build stages,” Bennett told Mo­tor­sport News.

The Bri­tish driver raced a Ford Fi­esta Su­per­car to third in Bri­tish RX last sea­son and is tar­get­ing se­lected World RX rounds this year with a new Mini Cooper Su­per­car. “Ice driv­ing seems the best way to get that along­side the change to front-wheeldrive, to learn another driv­ing style,” said Bennett. “Hope­fully it will be a blast and hope­fully I’ll spend most of my time side­ways. To be around some re­ally good driv­ers will help.”

Oliver Sol­berg and Oliver Bennett will both race in RX Academy on Ice

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