Patrick O’Donovan To Make World RX Debut In Hong Kong

October 20, 2023Joe Moore
World RX

Earlier this week it was announced that Patrick O’Donovan will be making his World RX debut in Hong Kong next month. 

O’Donovan’s 2023 Euro RX Season

Patrick O’Donovan competed in the European RX for the 2023 season. Driving an ex-Hansen World Rallycross Team Peugeot 208, O’Donovan took home 3rd in his first event with the car. In Portugal and Norway O’Donovan finished fifth. In just his fourth event in the car, O’Donovan claimed his first and only Euro RX win to date. At the event in Belgium, he finished 8th overall. O’Donovan capped off the season with a 2nd overall in Germany. In his first full Euro RX season O’Donovan finished third in the championship, 10 points behind Jänis Baumanis. 

A History With The ZEROID X1

Patrick O’Donovan will come into the World RX as one of the most experienced drivers in the ZEROID X1. Having spent two seasons in the car. In 2021 O’Donovan made his debut in the ZEROID X1. He started off the season with a third-place finish in Barcelona. From there he had mixed results. Finishing below top five at the rest of the events in 2021 on the way to finishing third in the RX2e championship. Tied for third with Pablo Suárez. In 2022 things started much of the same for the Brit, as he once again failed to finish top five at the first two events of the season. However, things would turn around in rounds three and four. With O’Donovan taking home the win at both events. He would end of the 2022 season finishing 7th in Catalunya to finish fourth in the championship, 5 points behind Nils Andersson. 

Joining A Legendary Team

For the World RX of Hong Kong O’Donovan will suit up alongside Kevin and Timmy Hansen for the Hansen World Rallycross Team. This is a big chance for O’Donovan who had already been on the Hansen’s radar as a potential future star of the World RX. The event will be a proving ground for O’Donovan to see how he matches up against some established drivers in equal machinery. Kevin Hansen is also probably hoping O’Donovan can use some of his past experience to help him beat Johan Kristoffersson to take home his first World RX championship. With Timmy Hansen out of the championship hunt. It’s likely he to will help his brother chase glory in Hong Kong.