The coming weekend (16/17) July sees the British Rallycross Championship head to Maasmechlen in Belgium for Round 5. The round will see another well-known driver join the RX150 class in the ‘Odyssey Celebrity Buggy’, with previous drivers being ODYSSEY Sales Director Chris Pretty, World RX star Janis Baumanis and double British Rally Champion Dai Llewellin. Following in their tyre marks will be Swedish ADAC GT Masters driver, Mikaela Ahlin-Kottulinsky, who we caught up with to ask some questions about her upcoming debut:
Before we get onto talking about rallycross, how has your season in ADAC GT Masters been going so far?
“Our last race was our best race, we finished P11 and were just one position from points out of 32 cars! Of course it’s a challenge, a new car that is completely different from the ones I’ve been driving before, new team with no experience from the R8 LMS and also one of the toughest GT3 series in the world, but I’m learning so much every time and I enjoy it so much!”
What was the transition from Audi Sport TT Cup to ADAC GT Masters like? Did you find it easy?
“Not easy at all! Like I said, big challenge there. But my plan is to drive the R8 LMS for 3 years from now on, and then I have time to learn and develop to the top, where I want to be.”
Your goal is to drive in DTM, do you have a time-frame that you’d like to achieve that in? What, other than racing in your current series do you plan on doing to get there?
“Yes, my plan would be 3 years in total in the Audi R8 LMS, and then to 2019 step into the DTM. The more driving you get, the better it is. If I have possibility to do more R8 LMS driving, or even more RX, I’d never say no to that! All experience is good experience.”
You will be driving in the RX150 class in the BRX in Belgium. How are you feeling about this and how are you preparing to race on the mixed surface?
“I’m feeling SUPER excited! I tried a two seater this Monday, and it was so so much fun! It’s very different to the R8, but also to the RX Lites I drove in 2014, but I think I got the hang of it, and hopefully I won’t make a total fool of myself haha!
“Since I did a few events in RX I know the feeling of different surfaces, and I’ll just have to do my best to adapt to the surfaces and grip there is.”
This isn’t your first experience of driving in Rallycross, having raced in some Supercar Lite events in 2014, did you enjoy the challenge of rallycross?
“I definitely enjoyed it, but most of all I learned a lot. Car handling, to quickly adapt to different surfaces, to make very quick decisions and so on. Only thing I miss in the RX is the time of driving, I believe it’s a very limited time of driving on the track compared to racing.
“What I enjoyed the most though, is the action! To pump yourself up with adrenaline, to push maximum for 4 laps and really give all or nothing!”
Do you prefer driving in rallycross on the mixed surface or the circuits of the ADAC GT Masters?
“I have to say ADAC GT Masters there… I love the details in racing, to make every millimetre count and to make that perfect lap, 25 laps in a row!”
Would you ever think about racing in rallycross permanently, perhaps in the Supercar class?
“For sure, if the chance would be there, I would definitely not say no. I enjoy the driving, and I think I showed in the RX Lites class that I have talent for it, so I would not say no.”