SLOAN COX DE­BUTS WITH PODIUM IN EU­ROPE

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Rally-turned-ral­ly­cross driver Sloan Cox has shown a promis­ing start to his time at the RX Academy over in Fin­land af­ter nab­bing him­self a third-place podium spot be­hind the wheel of a Re­nault Clio RS RX in the first race of the academy’s in­ter­nal se­ries.

The podium comes af­ter a se­ries of ral­ly­ing and ral­ly­cross suc­cesses on home soil; how­ever, Sloan tells us that the dis­ci­pline is very dif­fer­ent in Eu­rope to what we have seen on New Zealand shores: “Eu­rope has had ral­ly­cross for a long time, and [it] has been hugely pop­u­lar for years. Some of these tracks have ex­isted for some 50 years and been de­vel­oped over that time … Eu­rope is where it’s big­gest, and it was hard to prac­tise for any­thing like that back home.”

The prize for win­ning the academy se­ries is a funded drive and a sec­ond year at the academy — you can read our full in­ter­view with Sloan on page 24.

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