21-year-old Henrik Krogstad makes a comeback in the RX2 International Series this season together with the Hansen brothers and Eric Fären’s new team #YellowSquad. He will be teammate with Dan Skočdopole.
Krogstad made his debut in 2015 in RX2’s predecessor RX Lites at his home track in Hell and already then he showed that he had great pace when he crossed the finish line in fourth places in the final.
Two years ago he took a trio of podium finishes at Belgium, Norway and Sweden in the series, he was close to taking a victory in France but a mistake at the Joker cost him the win. He finished the season with a third place in the classification before he took a break from competition last year.
“It’s awesome to have a guy as talented as Henrik join the #YellowSquad programme. He’s already shown his speed in a Lites car before and we want to take him to the next level.” Kevin Hansen, Team Principal, said.
“Henrik was part of our training camp last week and he’s already integrated very well into the team; he wants to succeed and is working really hard to achieve that success, which is super important. We have the tools here at #YellowSquad to help him improve even more, so now the hard work begins!”
But now Krogstad is back and ready to be fighting again, he has already tested with the team at the Kalvholmen Motor Stadium in Sweden in the fall last year.
“It has taken a lot of hard work to get back here, I put myself under a huge amount of pressure in 2018, and that inevitably took a lot out of me.” Krogstad explained.
“I was sick for a long time after the end of the season – it was three or four months before I felt right again. I decided to take a year away from racing to reassess everything, which really helped me to understand exactly what it is I want from life – and that’s rallycross.”
“Sometimes, it’s good to step away from things, because it gives you a sense of perspective. The break has left me feeling extremely hungry for success, and heading towards the new season, I feel much better prepared for what’s to come – I know what I’m going into this time.“
“The test last November was my first time back in a rallycross car since South Africa in 2018 – but it felt like I had never been away.” Krogstad entushed.
“I quickly felt at home inside the team and forged a good relationship with all the guys at # Yellow Squad, and the speed was there pretty much straightaway. From that moment on, there was no question in my mind about what I needed to do – work flat-out to put a deal together to return.“
“I really believe in # Yellow Squad’s vision and concept – we share a very similar approach to the way we go racing. Eric [Färén] has always run an excellent team, which will only be enhanced by the input from Kevin and Timmy [Hansen]. There are a lot of experienced, hard-working guys there and everybody has a lot of respect for each other – the vibe is extremely positive and I feel I fit in perfectly.”
“I’ve definitely got some unfinished business in RX2. What happened at Lohéac preyed on my mind a lot last year, and that serves as additional motivation for the coming season – although obviously, I want to take my first win well before we get to France…” Krogstad continued.
“I followed the series closely in 2019 – it’s not easy to watch when you want to be out there racing, but I forced myself to do it – so I have an idea about some of the competition and there look like being a lot of potential winners this year. I won’t underestimate anybody, but I’m feeling ready.”
“Consistency will be a big factor, as will driving smart, but my primary focus will be on getting the most out of myself at every opportunity and improving throughout the season.”
“I can’t tell you how excited I am to get to Barcelona in April. It really feels like now it’s my time…” Krogstad added.