Ulrik Linnemann has confirmed on the FIA World Rallycross website that he will be back for a full season of the FIA European Super 1600 Rallycross Championship in 2016, driving a Peugeot 208 as he did during his few appearances in 2015. He has also confirmed that his team will run a second identical car this year, for fellow Danish driver Daniel Nielsen.
Linnemann made several appearances during 2015 and was successful in taking three wins in the WorldRX support Class. He returns to Super 1600 competition this year with the aim of taking the title, which was won by Janis Baumanis in 2015.
“We are very busy at the moment working on a brand new 208, so we can compete in the full Euro RX Super1600 championship with two cars. Hopefully we can do some testing before the season starts. Daniel Nielsen sponsored me during the 2015 season and we will run a car for him this year. They will be exactly the same, apart from the rollcage.”
When asked about any particular event he was looking forward to in 2016, Linnemann pointed out the Holjes event in Sweden, due to take place on 1st of July: “Holjes is always something special for me, so I really hope to improve there again this year. Loheac is a nice event too, with such a special atmosphere! I am aiming for the title, I think I deserved it in 2015 and I want it this year.”
The Danish driver is currently in the running for the Danish Motorsport Driver of the Year award, thanks to his performances in 2015, however he faces stiff competition from fellow countrymen from former Formula One and Le Mans 24 Hours driver Jan Magnussen as well as fellow Le Mans drivers Mikkel Mac and Michael Christensen.
The 2016 FIA European Super 1600 Rallycross championship takes place over six events:
- Montalegre, Portugal 16-17 April
- Lydden Hill, Great Britain 28-29 May
- Holjes, Sweden 2-3 July
- Loheac, France 3-4 September
- Barcelona, Spain 17-18 September
- Estering, Germany October 15-16