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Pluckley’s Nathan Heathcote will compete on the international rallycross scene this season after graduating to the RX2 championship.
The 20-year-old, who won the British title at his first attempt last year, has signed to race for the Team Faren squad.
He will compete in all seven rounds of the one-make series, which supports the world championship and includes trips to France and South Africa.
Heathcote said: “The only step forward for me was to go into international rallycross.
“I have done the British championship and won it in my first year, and to make a career out of rallycross I need to move up.
“Obviously I need to get my feet under the table first, but I have got to be at the front and getting podiums.”
Heathcote has previous experience of one-make competition, having won the Swift Sport championship in 2016 before stepping up to Supercar last year.
He will test his new car – which is four-wheel drive and produces 310bhp – for the first time next Thursday.
Heathcote will also compete in three rounds of the RallyX on Ice over the next few weeks, which starts at Höljes in Sweden next Saturday.