Lukas Walfridsson has announced that he will compete in the 2015 FIA European Rallycross Championship, piloting the Mk3 Renault Clio he drove in 2014. He will also take part in the FIA World Rallycross Championship event in Holjes in Sweden.
The Swedish driver made the move to Rallycross last year after competing in Crosskarts, driving his family run Helmia Motorsport Renault Clio Supercar during the European Rallycross season. He was classified in 11th place in the EuroRX drivers’ standings, driving at Lydden Hill in the UK and also at Hell in Norway.
Helmia Motorsport has been hard at work developing the Renault Clio for the upcoming season, however EuroRX will not be Walfridsson’s only series race in this year. The team have purchased the Renault Clio that Tord Linnerud used at several FIA World Rallycross events last year and Walfridsson will use this second car to compete in the RallyX Scandinavia Championship, allowing him the chance to be as prepared as possible.
For Walfridsson, his main focus is EuroRX and getting the car to his liking.
“My number one priority for this season is the European Championship. I didn’t really like the way the car behaved last season, as it was built to suit my uncle ‘Stecka’ [who raced the car previously], but the season overall was great learning for me,” explained Walfridsson.
He also went on to explain what has been changed on the Renault Clio Supercar.
“The most significant change to the car for this year is new suspension, with longer wheel travel and a softer chassis, which I’m more used to from my time in crosskart. We’ve also made some minor changes to the manifold and turbo.
“The idea of competing in RallyX Scandinavia is primarily to get more seat time, and it will also be nice to compete in Sweden. Generally, the two cars will be identical, except for minor differences in favor of the Euro RX car.”
For Walfridsson, Rallycross is in the blood as his cousin is Pernilla Solberg, Wife & Spotter to 2014 FIA World Rallycross Champion Petter Solberg. The Swedish driver is hoping that his European campaign will lead to a possible WorldRX campaign in 2016.
“My goal for 2015 is a successful season that opens the possibilities for a World RX season in 2016. I feel that I have great support from my family in what I do, and Petter is my greatest source of inspiration and a great teacher.”
The first round of the FIA European Rallycross Championship takes place at Mettet, Belgium on May 15-17.