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Young Australian driver, Troy Dowel, will join a star-studded field in the first round of the 2018 RallyX on Ice championship. The reigning MSA British Rallycross Champion and a former Global Rallycross Champion are also competing at the opening round at Östersund in Sweden. Amongst his rivals will be World RX Supercar race-winner Kevin Eriksson, 2017 RX2 International Series Champion Cyril Raymond, FIA European Rallycross Champion Robin Larsson, 2015 GRC Lites Champion Oliver Eriksson, and upcoming American aces Austin Cindric, Cole Keatts and Conner Martell. Later in the campaign, he will even have the chance to go wheel-to-wheel with Verizon IndyCar Series heroes Josef Newgarden and Hélio Castroneves. The newly-unveiled RX Academy entry list features ten drivers, all of whom will pilot identical, factory-built Renault Clio RS RX cars and some of whom need little introduction. Joni Wiman is a former GRC Champion and X Games gold medallist, Simon Syversen is a regular front-runner in RX2, Oliver Solberg – the teenage son of motorsport hero Petter Solberg – lifted the runner-up laurels in RallyX Nordic last season, and namesake Oliver Bennett finished third in the British Championship. Add to that the likes of Timmy and Kevin Hansen and Niclas Grönholm in Speedcar Xtreme – for potent, 180km/h crosskarts – and the scene is set for a magnificent display of ice driving prowess and spectacular sideways action, with a total of 49 drivers across the three classes (24 Supercar Lites, 10 RX Academy and 15 Speedcar Xtreme), representing no fewer than 11 different nations. Troy Dowel, the son of 2011 Australian Rally Champion Justin Dowel, successfully completed last year's Rally Australia in a Super 2000 spec Volkswagen Polo. 2018 RallyX on Ice calendar February 3: Östersund, Sweden February 10: Höljes, Sweden February 25: Ål, Norway March 3: Gol, Norway
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