17-year-old driver William Nilsson, from Tomelilla in southern Sweden, has become the second driver to commit to a full season in the newly rebranded RX2 (formerly RX Lites) series.
Although a newcomer to the World Rallycross Championship’s support series, the Swede’s credentials actually speak for themselves: runner-up in the 2013 FIA Junior European Rallycross Cup, Nilsson has then become a front-runner in Supercar Lites in his homeland, finishing fourth overall in 2015 and third in 2016.
For his maiden season in RX2, his approach will be quite a measured one:
“Joining RX2 is the logical next step on my career path, and I’m really looking forward to the challenge ahead,” enthused the Tomelilla-based teenager. “Although it will be my learning year and I will be up against a lot of quick drivers – many of them with more experience than me – I can promise you that I won’t be taking it easy!”
His goal for his current campaign is to finish inside the top five, while his long-term target is, clearly, a further step up to Supercars and a World Rallycross Champion title.
Nilsson is, currently, one of the only two drivers to have submitted their entry to the series, the other being reigning champion Cyril Raymond from France.
The 2017 RX2 International Series will start from the Belgian round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship in Mettet on 12-14 May.