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Bean Gets Swedish Chance
Posted by: newsla on Jun 08, 2013 - 06:25 PM
WRC Rally News 2010
Bean Gets Swedish Chance


15-year-old Junior British Rallycross competitor Charlie Bean from Northallerton has been offered a unique opportunity to compete in at least one round of the FIA European Rallycross Championship within the all new JRX (Junior Rallycross) category.

 

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The invite came from 14-times European champion and now Citroen team boss, Kenneth Hansen who is involved with promotion of the new Junior Championship. Kenneth made a call to Charlie's father Johny highlighting an interest in Charlie's British campaigns and offered the chance to race a full specification 4WD JRX car at round six in Sweden on July 6/7th of the newly reformed FIA endorsed series.

The Swedish event has a huge history on the European Rallycross tour and is often referred to as one of the best events on the calendar and while being branded 'The Magic Weekend' will see over 27,000 spectators descend on the Hljes circuit amongst a wealth of world class talent who will deliver an array of high quality racing over the two day festival.

The recently rebranded championship, RallycrossRX, is currently going through a major transformation by series promoter, IMG who are bringing some world class names to the competition with the likes of American superstars Brian Deegan, Tanner Foust and also Norwegian former World Rally champion Petter Solberg who is already stamping his authority on the leaderboard in fifth place overall in what can be described as one of the most competitive and toughest championships for years.

Charlie is also making an appeal to potential sponsors to allow him to springboard to the next level in Rallycross and is inviting any companies, local or otherwise to offer investment which will allow him to compete, for now at the Hljes event, with possible scope for future opportunity at the remaining rounds in 2013. The event will be televised live on Eurosport and highlighted footage will be repeated during the following weeks, potentially reaching 450 million homes.

Charlie Bean: "I'm completely over the moon that Kenneth Hansen called my dad with the invite. I'm only in my second season of British Rallycross in the Junior Swift category and although it has been a long learning curve I am now as quick as the other guys and I finished last year's championship in second place overall as well as taking the GP title. I regularly race against Kevin Hansen, Kenneth's youngest son, in the British Championship and we have become good friends as a result, it would be great to challenge him at his home circuit. I have secured some funding to help make this happen but we still have a way to go so I'm appealing to any businesses or supporters to make a donation to help make an ultimate dream come true. In return there will be a huge amount of publicity as well as the live TV coverage, media presence and masses of RX fans; we also will be pushing a planned promotional campaign. I'm really hopeful that potential investors will come forward so that I can prove to them the value of sponsorship in European Rallycross."

Johny Bean: "I'm humbled that Charlie has this opportunity and to be honest he fully deserves a shot. His race craft has improved so much since he started racing in March last year that he has now gained the confidence he needs to actually win races and this is only the beginning for Charlie. I have temporarily stood down from my own British Rallycross championship campaign to allow for funds to help him further, sadly it's not quite enough and we would welcome any help, no matter how small, to realise a dream for both him and me. It's not often that kids get the breaks they deserve these days but it's so important to recognise fresh talent to help keep Rallycross in a growing trend. I'm personally involved with the development of the British Junior Rallycross Academy and we have received so much support to help all of the youngsters progress through the ranks and hopefully one day enjoy payday as a professional driver. You only have to look at the likes of Liam Doran and Andrew Jordan, both of these guys started as Junior Rallycross drivers and are now extremely talented motorsport professionals capable of winning any major title."


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