The Ford OlsbergsMSE team returned to its Podium form last weekend with its young star Reinis Nitiss, in his first season of Supercar, taking 2nd place in the Supercar Final at the World RX of France.
Nitiss is currently 2nd in the championship, having won the World RX of Norway earlier this year and qualifying for almost every Final, apart from the Final in Belgium. This has helped keep him in the Drivers Championship hunt, 28 points behind leader Petter Solberg. Nitiss progressed through the Heat stages, finishing 4th on Day On, before progressing through Heats Three and Four to qualify for the Semi-Final and ultimately the Final.
“It’s been a very satisfying weekend for us on the team,” said Nitiss, “It feels great to be back on the podium and we scored very important points for the championship here in France.”
Team-mate Andreas Bakkerud had an eventful World RX of France, struggling with his starts and getting his Ford Fiesta ST Supercar off the line during Heat stages. However this didnt stop him taking a race win on Sunday in Heats Three and Four, going to qualify for the Semi-Finals. However a clash at turn one and some incredibly close racing denied Bakkerud a place in the Final. Bakkerud himself has an event win, having won the World RX of Great Britain earlier this year.
“It was a good weekend for us as a team and I can’t wait for Germany to start,” said Bakkerud, who is currently fourth in the Drivers Championship standings. “I have a good feeling now and I want to race.”
With four rounds left in the 2014 season, Nitiss has his eyes set on winning the Drivers Championship, “If Petter wants the World RX championship, he will have to fight for it,” said Nitiss, “It’s not over yet. Not at all.”
In the Teams Championship, the Ford OlsbergsMSE team is now ahead of the VW-Marklund Motorsport Team, now leading them by 12 points after their performance in France, as the series moves to Germany.
“This season started really well for us, but then we had two hard races in the middle. I felt like we really came back this weekend and showed again that we have the speed we need to win these races,” said Olsbergs MSE team manager Jussi Pinomaki.
The Swedish Ford team also experienced Championship winning glory over the weekend with its young star driver Sebastian Eriksson winning the Rallycross Supercar Scandinavia title with a win at the season finale race at Solvalla in Stockholm on Saturday. Eriksson starred in the World RX of Sweden earlier this year, progressing all the way to the Supercar Final.