Oliver Bennett

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Oliver Bennett
NationalityUnited Kingdom British
Born (1992-11-10) 10 November 1992 (age 26)
Bristol, United Kingdom
FIA World Rallycross Championship career
Debut season2017
Current teamXITE Racing
Car no.42
Starts10
Wins0
Podiums0
British Rallycross Championship
Years active20162017
Car no.42
Best finish3rd in 2017 (Supercar)

Oliver Bennett (born 10 November 1992) is a Rallycross driver from Bristol, United Kingdom, currently competing in the FIA World Rallycross Championship with the XITE Racing Mini Cooper SX1[1].

Early career[edit]

Bennett started his racing career competing in motocross from the age of 8, through to 18 when he competed in the European MX championship.

An accident left him unable to continue competition on two wheels so he made the move to four wheels competing in Rallycross.

Rallycross[edit]

In 2016 he made his debut in British Rallycross Championship racing an ex-OSME Ford Fiesta[2].

In 2017 he finished on the podium 7 out of 9 races[3] and despite scoring the most points that season, he narrowly miss out on the overall title due to dropped point scores; he also got his first taste of World Rallycross action at Lydden Hill in a one-off race[4].

Towards the end of the 2017 season, Bennett's team XITE Racing built a rallycross spec BMW MINI Cooper Supercar to compete in the FIA World Rallycross Championship, debuting it in the first round of the British Rallycross season at Silverstone[5].

His 2018 World RX season started at the first round in Barcelona where he finished with a 15th position in a tough line up and wet conditions[6].

The team continued their development of the car throughout the year, before Bennett made his Americas Rallycross debut, narrowly missing on semi-finals in his three appearances[7].

Following the end of the 2018 World RX season, Bennett made his Gymkhana GRiD debut in Cape Town, South Africa[8].

In 2019 Bennett will be entering the FIA World Rallycross Championship once again, backed by XITE Energy and automotive social media site Drive Tribe.

Dirt Rally 2.0[edit]

Bennett's Ford Fiesta rallycross car will be available as a playable car in the upcoming Dirt Rally 2.0 game from Codemasters.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ENTRY LIST FOR WORLD RX OF PORTUGAL REVEALED". FIA World Rallycross. Retrieved 2018-12-06.
  2. ^ "Oliver Bennett to race OMSE Fiesta in British RX 2017 | MSA British Rallycross". www.rallycrossbrx.com. Retrieved 2018-12-06.
  3. ^ "British Rallycross Points | MSA British Rallycross". www.rallycrossbrx.com. Retrieved 2018-12-06.
  4. ^ Zurli, Tommaso (2017-05-04). "Oliver Bennett to compete in World Rallycross at Lydden". The Checkered Flag. Retrieved 2018-12-06.
  5. ^ "Bennett to debut Mini Cooper Supercar in British RX at Silverstone | MSA British Rallycross". www.rallycrossbrx.com. Retrieved 2018-12-06.
  6. ^ "FIA World Rallycross Championship". www.fiaworldrallycross.com. Retrieved 2018-12-07.
  7. ^ www.chronomoto.hu (PDF) https://www.chronomoto.hu/images/stories/pdf/pdf/20180714_arx_austin/ARX_official.pdf. Retrieved 2018-12-06. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  8. ^ "Gymkhana Grid". www.gymkhanagrid.com. Retrieved 2018-12-06.