Jenson Button to race in Nitro Rallycross

Jenson Button to race in Nitro Rallycross

Jenson Button will compete in this year’s Nitro Rallycross championship, racing in the all-electric Team

Jenson Button will compete in this year’s Nitro Rallycross championship, racing in the all-electric Team E class.

The 2009 Formula 1 world winner, son of late British rallycross racer John Button, will drive for Xite Electricity Racing together with fellow Brit Oliver Bennett.

“I want to go racing,” said previous McLaren, Honda, and Brawn driver Button. “I like racing, I appreciate competing and I want to have exciting. I’m searching forward to racing Nitro RX with Xite Energy – a staff which has wonderful experience of not just rallycross but also racing Electrical Motor vehicles.

“And I get to race alongside my mate Oli. He’s a good character, good for the sport and will come with a whole lot of practical experience of competing on the grime.

“Hopefully I can study that aspect from him and he can master from my circuit driving. It’s going to be a enjoyable partnership, but I think it is likely to be a superior partnership as perfectly and ideally we can choose it to the huge boys in rallycross.”

Button and Bennett both have teams in Excessive E, with Bennett driving every race for his staff since that series’ inception.

Button, meanwhile, ran the very first-at any time race for his eponymous squad, but stepped aside in favor of Kevin Hansen for the next spherical of the 2021 season, although he continues to have a arms-on job in working the group.

Button has now examined a rallycross supercar in Wales in advance of his debut

His article-F1 racing actions have generally centered close to athletics motor vehicle racing, producing appearances in Tremendous GT – exactly where he received the 2018 championship – the World Stamina Championship, and British GT.

Button has very long been rumored to be eyeing a shift into rallycross, on the other hand, with a U.S.-based mostly series imagined to be his most probable option considering the fact that his move to California just after retiring from F1. He previously visited the 2015 World Rallycross finale in Las Vegas and examined a Honda Civic Coupe supercar at Sebring two many years afterwards in advance of the Race of Champions in Miami.

“Rallycross is evening and day distinct to Components 1 and that’s why I like it. I remaining F1 following 17 several years because I needed to test anything new,” he said. “I’m a racing driver, not a Components 1 driver so new difficulties is what I’m all about. I felt I accomplished what I needed to in Formulation 1 so it is pleasant to consider different points.

“There’s a actual loved ones link with rallycross. Father utilised to race in the late ‘70s and ‘80s in a Volkswagen Beetle and then a Volkswagen Golfing. If you go on YouTube you will truly locate some videos of my Dad racing at Lydden Hill with Murray Walker commentating.

“I’d like to emulate what he did – that would be really special. I employed to like likely together and looking at him race.”

Bennett, who runs the Xite Vitality crew as effectively as racing for it, was thrilled to have Button on board, and mentioned that he’s previously been generating an effects, with the crew having undergone a tests method at Pembrey Circuit in Wales previously this month.

“As well as the circuit practical experience he delivers, one particular of the things you recognize right away is the level of professionalism”, Bennett reported. “You really don’t turn out to be a Formulation 1 environment champion with no recognizing how to get the ideal out of the car or truck, the engineers, the staff and all people all-around you. I experience, as an organization, we’ve by now benefited massively from possessing him with us.”

Nitro RX will have 4 of its 10 rounds in the U.S. over the 2022-23 time, with more races using put in the Uk, Sweden, Finland, Saudi Arabia, and Canada.