Swedish outfit JC Raceteknik is ready to tackle this weekend’s FIA World and European Rallycross Championship round at Hell, Norway, after a sucessful outing in last weekend’s round two of the RallyX Nordic series in Arvika, Sweden.
The Swedish team, run by experienced engineer Joel Christoffersson, will compete in both EuroRX Supercars, with a pair of Ford Fiestas driven by Norwegians Thomas Bryntesson and Ola Fröshaug, and also in the RX2 International Series with Belgian Guillaume de Ridder, Norwegian Sondre Evjen and Swede William Nilsson; a fourth car will be entered for their guest driver, Marcus Höglund, also from Sweden.
Höglund, whose rallycross experience comes mostly from competing in his own country in Supernationals, returns at the wheel of a Supercar Lite one year after his début at Höljes, in front of the World Championship crowd, where he impressed everyone by reaching the final.
In the EuroRX Supercar class, Bryntesson hopes in better luck than he had in Barcelona, and his two consecutive podium finishes in RallyX Nordic can confirm his already promising pace is steadily improving. Fröshaug, meanwhile, is getting more and more acclimatised to his Fiesta, and despite missing out on the podium in Arvika last Saturday, he aims at a strong result in his home country, especially given his great knowledge of the racetrack.
Guest driver Höglund will be joined by the team’s regular RX2 competitors: Nilsson has never raced a Supercar Lite at Hell, although he claimed his first-ever victory in such cars just last week in Arvika; Sondre Evjen, fifth in the British RX2 round, hopes for a better result than he did last year on his home track, while Belgium’s De Ridder has shown great pace in his first two outings at international level, gaining a lot of confidence.
“It’s 10 weeks since we were in Barcelona for the first round of Euro RX,” says Christoffersson.
“We’ve had two events in between with very good results and a lot of data collected with both Thomas and Ola. Finally we’ve found the starts that we’ve struggled with and we’ll give it everything in Hell.”
“In RX2, both William and Sondre had amazing results last weekend in Arvika and it’s really good they are getting straight back in the car for this weekend. Sondre was unlucky in Hell last year and of course wants a good result in his home round of the championship. Guillaume has impressed so far this year in RX2, and we’re looking forward to working with Marcus in coming events too, he has already shown that he can be quick.”
The World RX of Norway, traditionally among the most popular events on the calendar, kicks off tomorrow, Friday 9 June, with the first practice session and Q1 round for the RX2 class.