Cooper Tire to supply 2019 World Rallycross Championship tyres for 6th season
In its role as the official tyre supplier and associate partner to the FIA World Rallycross Championship, Cooper Tire Europe will supply bespoke World RX tyres to all teams for the sixth consecutive season. This year’s World RX calendar consists of 11 rounds, taking the spectacle of World Rallycross all over Europe, but also into Canada, South Africa and the UAE.
This year the season opener is a new round hosted by the Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, which takes place over the weekend of 5-6 April. This will be the first time the championship has visited the Middle East. The new purpose-built rallycross track will utilise part of the legendary Formula 1 circuit, which has been integrated into the challenging layout. In line with recent additions to the World RX calendar, the event will also be a festival of entertainment, incorporating live music.
Fifteen permanent Supercar drivers from 11 different countries have signed up for the 2019 campaign. These include well-known rallycross names Timmy Hansen, Kevin Hansen, Andreas Bakkerud and 2017 European Rallycross champion Cyril Raymond, who will be joined by one of the most flamboyant drivers in the sport, Liam Doran, along with 2017 European Rallycross champion Anton Marklund; both drivers returning to contest a full season.
Sarah McRoberts, marketing communications manager for Cooper Tire Europe, said, “We are extremely proud of our rich rallycross heritage and expertise. Our rallycross tyres are designed to respond to a driver’s needs across the range of surfaces involved, while being able to withstand the enormous loads applied when landing from huge jumps. We are really looking forward to another exciting season of action-packed racing.”
The RX2 International Series presented by Cooper Tires is a supporting class at seven of the World Championship events.