Following the announcement from Glenn Haug that he would be joining the newly-rebranded 2017 RX2 International Series, 19-year-old Norwegian Sondre Evjen has announced his commitment to all seven rounds of the series, after having successfully competed in last year’s RX Lites series, predecessor to RX2.
Evjen’s career started in 2014 from folkracing, a low-budget version of rallycross, before stepping up to last year’s RX Lites series, where he consistently scored points, topping up his efforts with a win at the final event in Latvia, thus securing sixth place in the final standings.
Young Sondre is now keen to build upon that promise, as he bids to become this year’s champion: his long-term goal, however, is to prove himself at the very top of the sport, in the likes of his fellow countrymen Petter Solberg and “Mr. Rallycross” Martin Schanche, whom he cites as his inspirations.
“After what we achieved last season, the goalposts have shifted and the objective this year has to be to push for the title,” Evjen said. “It’s been exciting watching the momentum behind RX2 grow and grow in recent weeks with a lot of quick drivers signing up, so I’ll have to be absolutely on top of my game to beat them all – but if I want to prove I’m good enough for World RX, that’s exactly what I need to do!”
The seven rounds of the 2017 RX2 International Series will be held across three continents, and at the moment of writing, the other drivers, besides Evjen and Haug, to have announced their commitment, will be reigning champion Cyril Raymond, karting siblings Andreas and Jessica Bäckman, young talents William Nilsson of Sweden and Thomas Holmen of Norway, Swedish fast female Sandra Hultgren, American ace Tanner Whitten, former rallyists Guillaume De Ridder from Belgium and Vasiliy Gryazin of Russia, as well as experienced Crosskarter, Swede Anders Michalak. Further names will be announced over the weeks preceding the series’ premiere, on 12-14 May in Mettet, Belgium, as a support to the local FIA World Rallycross Championship round.