Swedish outfit JC Raceteknik makes the full time move to the FIA European Rallycross Championship for Supercars in 2017 and they are hopeful of a good start to the year.
Former RX2 International Series race winner Thomas Bryntesson will drive an ex-OlsbergsMSE Ford Fiesta Supercar, having already made starts in the FIA World Rallycross Championship, whilst his team-mate Ola Froshaug moves from the Swedish SuperNational class to make a full time entry in Euro RX in the teams second Ford Fiesta Supercar.
Bryntesson has experience of the Barcelona track but is looking to get to grips pretty quickly with the Euro RX Supercar.
“I’m really looking forward to the race this weekend. To get behind the wheel of a Supercar feels really exciting and it will be fun to have that feeling again,” explained Bryntesson. Although I feel comfortable on the track in Barcelona, there is so much more to it than that.”
“Since it’s the first round this weekend, it’s difficult to know how to are compared to other drivers, but to make the final is the goal, and once there, anything can happen.”
Froshaug is confident ahead of a productive test with the cars in France last week.
“The were no problems during the tests, we ran with some slightly different settings and the car suits me well,” said Froshaug, whose own plan for the weekend is clear.
“Once in Barcelona, the goal is to get to the semi-finals for me. My plan is the same as everyone else’s I’m sure, to be the fastest at the start and then go as fast as I can. I really appreciate all the support I get; it’s means a lot to me.”
Team Principal Joel Christoffersson is confident of a good performance after the recent test in France, but is wary of where the competition will be.
“We had two really good test days with a lot of good progression in both driving and car setup. We were really happy with where we were at the test, and both drivers were happy too, so it was good,” he explained.
“After the test we are very happy with our speed, but it’s so difficult to know where we are when everyone has been on their own in the winter break. Hopefully we can fight for the semi-finals with both cars and then we hope to fight for a place in the final too. We’re really looking forward for Barcelona now.”