Twenty-year-old Tommi Hallman, from Finland, is now the latest driver to show commitment to join the ever popular Supercar Lites class in the 2021 RallyX Nordic season. He has now announced to make his return to the series alongside the most successful team, SET Promotion.
Hallman, who raced last time in the RallyX Nordic series in 2019, when the SET Promotion´s own RX Academy class was a part of the series. Hallman did challenge for becoming the champion that year but at the last final of the season at Tierp Arena in Sweden, he lost the crown to his countryman Rasmus Tuominen by just one point.
Before he began with rallycross, he started his career by competing in the national Folkrace series before he switched focus to rallying in 2017. The following year, he entered the Finnish Ralli SM championship where he finished as runner-up in the junior class, only being beated by the Junior WRC driver Sami Pajari.
Last season as the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic caused many of the events to be cancelled, he switched focus on doing the virtual iRacing rallycross championship for SET Promotion´s esports team SET eSports where he won the national championship and placed third in the international series. But now he will swap his computer chair over to a proper racing seat as he will be doing his first-ever Supercar Lites season.
“It feels amazing to get back racing at international level!” my father drove rallycross when I was a kid and I’ve always loved the show aspect of this sport, so it felt natural to follow in his footsteps and in any case, I prefer racing against other drivers rather than against the clock,” Hallman said.
“This will be my first season in a four wheel-drive car, but with the support of SET Promotion, I think I will learn quite quickly – it’s an absolute honour to be part of a team with such a great history in the sport.
“The rumour mill suggests there will be a record-breaking number of cars this year, which makes the racing more interesting for everybody and there will be many drivers who have more experience than me in Supercar Lites, but I’ve always been good at adapting to new challenges. It’s going to be tough for sure, but I’m really looking forward to it!”