2014 FIA European Rallycross Champion Robin Larsson has announced he will move up to compete in all 13 rounds of the 2015 FIA World Rallycross Championship.
Larsson will continue to pilot the Audi A1 Supercar he drove last year, which is operated by the Larsson Jernberg Team. Not only did he race in EuroRX in 2014 but Larsson also competed in the Scandinavian Rallycross Championship as well.
However the impressive young Swedish driver was able to pull off some inspired performances against the best of WorldRX last year, where he took second place on the podium in the Supercar Final at Lydden Hill behind Andreas Bakkerud and then he went on to secure third place on the podium at the Estering circuit in Germany behind Petter Solberg and Mattias Ekstrom.
Larsson is very excited about the move in WorldRX for the 2015 season, but he is also aware of the challenges ahead.
“Being in my own team is what keeps me motivated – I know it’s going to be tough with 13 races but I’ve been working very hard to find new sponsors and now everything is looking good for Portugal,” explained Larsson.
“We don’t have as much budget as some of the bigger teams but I hope we can show our speed in the first race. We’re going to do some more testing before then and I can’t wait to jump in the car again to try it out.”
Another reason for his enthusiasm ahead of the new season is the continued working relationship he has with his mentor Michael Jernberg, who stays on as Team Chief at Larsson Jernberg Racing.
“Michael is not only my team chief, but also my mentor off-track and he has been working flat out with the car to try and get everything ready in time,” continued Larsson.
“He is very knowledgeable when it comes to the sport, building cars and he will help me a lot in the races this year. The car has been rebuilt over the winter and we have a new engine from Trollspeed.
“When you can only use three engines without incurring a penalty, it becomes increasingly important to have an engine you can rely on.”
The confirmation of the Larsson Jernberg Racing A1 Supercar means there will be five Audi Supercars taking part in the 2015 FIA World Rallycross Championship with EKSRX already announcing two Audi S1 Supercars for Anton Marklund and Mattias Ekstrom whilst Munnich Motorsport are fielding two Audi S3 Supercars for Team Principle Rene Munnich and an as yet unnamed second driver.
The opening round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship takes place at Montalegre in Portugal on April 24-26.