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PREVIEW: RallyX Nordic – Nysum: Champions to be Crowned in Season Finale

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This weekend the 2020 RallyX Nordic season will be completed with the two final rounds at Nysum in Denmark where the champions will be crowned in all four classes.

Following the opening three rounds at two of the most legendary Swedish venues of Höljes and Arvika, everything now comes down to two days of competition around the Nysumbanen track which has played host to many a memorable race in the RallyX Nordic series in the past.

Joining alongside the RallyX Nordic series this weekend will be the stand-alone single event of the RX2 International Series, where some of the RallyX Nordic Supercar Lites drivers could potentially go on to challenge for two titles this weekend. The winner of the last-ever RX2 round will be rewarded a fully-funded single-round in the upcoming all-electric FIA eRX2 Championship next year.

Also joining the RallyX Nordic series after the huge success at Arvika last time out will be the additional support category SuperNational, where several local drivers will be fighting for victory.

The SuperNational Entry List:

NO.DRIVERNAT.ENTRANTCAR
103Micke NilssonSWEMicke NilssonFord Escort Mk3
112Mikael PerssonSWETeam Mikael Persson MotorsportVolkswagen Golf
313Stefan KristenssonSWEStefan Kristensson RallycrossVolvo 240
314Johnny HansenSWEJohnny HansenVolvo 242
327Morten BertelsenDNKMorten BertelsenSkoda Fabia
328Filip ThorenSWEFilip ThorenBMW E36
329Kenneth KongeDNKKonge MotorsportBMW M3
342Peder JensenDNKPeder T Rallycross TeamVolvo 240
452Fredrik TinnstenSWEFredrik TinnstenBMW E36
2007Simon HedgrenSWETeam Hedgren RXVolvo S40
SuperNational

The closest title fight ever in the Supercar Lites class has taken place throughout this season between rivals Henrik Krogstad and Jesse Kallio and as they head to Nysum, the pair are tied on championship points. Linus Östlund and Simon Olofsson are closely behind too, with all top four drivers separated by just six points.

Krogstad made his comeback in Supercar Lites this season after being away for a year and had to fight hard for strong results on his debut appearance with his new team #YellowSquad but at Arvika he was unbeatable, taking back-to-back wins in three out of the four qualifying sessions and won the final – almost a clean sweep that was denied by Östlund who passed him on the last corner in the fourth qualifying heat.

Kallio dominated at the season opener held at Höljes only for a gearshift issue on the opening day to cause him what to lose what looked like a certain double victory. The Flying Finn struggled through the semi-final and final at Arvika due to having a wrist injury.

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Östlund is the only one of the four drivers that can win the championship trophy who hasn’t won a round so far this season, but last year’s RallyX Nordic championship runner-up has been consistency is key by claiming two podiums at Höljes and he also won the Swedish championship crown at Arvika.

Olofsson celebrated success in the opening round of the season at Höljes and he has remained a front-runner ever since. The Swede made a costly mistake at Arvika in the semi-final when he ran wide and hit the barrier on the jokerlap exit, damaging his front-right suspension and had to retire from the event as a result.

The Supercar Lites Entry List:

NO.DRIVERNAT.ENTRANTCAR
8Gustav JohanssonSWEVGracingSupercar Lites
9Grégory FosseFRAOlsbergs MSESupercar Lites
10Martin JonssonSWEAlfta Racing TeamSupercar Lites
11Mats OskarssonSWEMORXSupercar Lites
14Nils AnderssonSWETiKRXSupercar Lites
18Linus ÖstlundSWEOlsbergs MSESupercar Lites
33Lars Erik HaugNORHaug Rallycross TeamSupercar Lites
47Jesse KallioFINOlsbergs MSESupercar Lites
52Simon OlofssonSWESTS RXSupercar Lites
60Martin EnlundSWEOlsbergs MSESupercar Lites
77Henrik KrogstadNOR#YellowSquadSupercar Lites
90Jimmie WalfridsonSWEHelmia MotorsportSupercar Lites
91Niklas AneklevSWEOlsbergs MSESupercar Lites
96Guillaume De RidderBELOlsbergs MSESupercar Lites
99Hans-Ola FrøshaugNORJC RaceteknikSupercar Lites
999Dan SkočdopoleCZE#YellowSquadSupercar Lites
Supercar Lites

In the Supercar class, the two-time World Rallycross Champion Johan Kristoffersson leads the championship by claiming a hat trick of wins so far this season, but as he misses out at Nysum, the door is wide open for others to challenge for top honours.

Oliver Eriksson – who sits in the second place currently in the standings – was on en route to win ahead of Kristoffersson last time out in Arvika, but suffered two punctures while leading the final. The two-time RX2 champion was given a reward to enter the FIA European Rallycross Championship this season, where he dominated in the first round of the season at Höljes.

Eriksson’s team mate Fraser McConnell is nine points behind in third place. The Jamaican made his Supercar debut at Höljes earlier this summer where he shocked all by reaching the final in the second round of the double header.

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In the high-calibre field, there are a number of other entrants who aren’t in contention for the championship. Linus Westman had a terrible start to his season at Höljes but came back stronger by finishing second at Arvika, while returning to the series is RX2 graduate Ben-Philip Gundersen who had a standout performance at Höljes. Per Eklund is also again competing this weekend despite being 74 years old!

Three locals will also be joining the field for the season finale. Ulrik Linnemann made his RallyX Nordic debut at Nysum back in 2018 where he had problems in the qualifying heats before making a fine comeback to triumph with a podium finish in the final while Dennis Rømer will also be joining at Nysum for his third consecutive year alongside 18-year-old Supercar debutant Tobias Daarbak.

The Supercar Entry List:

NO.DRIVERNAT.ENTRANTCAR
TBADennis RømerDNKRømer MotorsportVolkswagen Polo
3Ben-Philip GundersenNORJC RaceteknikAudi S1
5Lars AnderssonSWEHedströms MotorsportVolkswagen Polo
8Per EklundSWE#MKIVRXVolkswagen Beetle
12Anders MichalakSWEOlsbergs MSEFord Fiesta
16Oliver ErikssonSWEOlsbergs MSEFord Fiesta
33Enzo IdeBELJC RaceteknikAudi S1
35Fraser McConnellJAMOlsbergs MSEFord Fiesta
44Stene JohansenNORJohansen MotorsportFord Fiesta
72Ulrik LinnemannDNKLinnemann MotorsportFord Fiesta
87Niklas HagströmSWETiKRXVolkswagen Polo
88Daniel ThorénSWETiKRXVolkswagen Polo
93Tobias DaarbakDNKTobias DaarbakFord Fiesta
99Dan ÖbergSWE#MKIVRXVolkswagen Scirocco
105Linus WestmanSWELIWE RXFord Fiesta
Supercar

Isak Reiersen amazing performance over the three rounds of the 2020 campaign has carried the Swede to the top of the CrossCar/Crosskart championship as they head to Nysum, but he is closely followed by his fellow countryman Max Rundberg by just a single point.

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Reiersen has not been off the podium all season, but Rundberg has been fighting hard to stay up there by taking a victory at Höljes before suffering an accident in the final at Arvika.

The CrossCar/Crosskart Entry List:

NO.DRIVERNAT.ENTRANTCAR
9Kevin HansenSWELifeLive NordicTN5
11Jimmie ÖsterbergSWEÖsterberg MotorsportSpeedcar
20Julle LjungdahlSWETiKRXSpeedcar
31Jan Emil WilsbergNORJan Emil WilsbergSpeedcar
62Robin NordSWECarcontrolSpeedcar
66Max RundbergSWEJson MotorsportSpeedcar
67Isac EgonssonSWECarcontrolSpeedcar
110Thomas Eek MurstadNORMurstad MotorsportYMS
118Fredrik ErikssonSWEFredrik ErikssonEDGE
170Isak ReiersenSWEJC Raceteknik JuniorteamYMS
175Timmy EnlundSWEEnlunds MotorsportEDGE
183Oskar AnderssonSWEEnlunds MotorsportCasmat
190André BendixenNORBendixen MotorsportKamikaz
921Lasse StorgaardDNKStorgaard MotorsportSpeedcar
924Søren JelsbakDNKSøren Jelsbak MotorsportSpeedcar
990Tobias AndersenDNKAndersen MotorsportSpeedcar
996Nicklas JensenDNKLucas MotorsportSpeedcar
CrossCar/Crosskart
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In the new CrossCar Junior support category, the five title contenders of Alex Gustafsson, Raoul Dahlqvist, Erik Andersson, Lukas Andersson and Rasmus Persson are covered by only ten points so it will be all to play for to claim the title at Nysum.

The CrossCar Junior Entry List:

NO.DRIVERNAT.ENTRANTCAR
10Erik AnderssonSWECarcontrolSpeedcar
21Rasmus PerssonSWECarcontrolSpeedcar
99Lukas AnderssonSWELukas AnderssonSpeedcar
199Alex GustafssonSWEJC Raceteknik JuniorteamSpeedcar
200Raoul DahlqvistFINDahlqvist RXSpeedcar
CrossCar Junior

A livestream will again be available at RallyX Nordic’s website where you can follow ten hours of close racing throughout the weekend and you will be guided through all of the action by rallycross regulars Andrew Coley, Hal Ridge and Neil Cole.

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