Multiple RallyX Nordic podium-finisher Philip Gehrman from Sweden will be making his return to the series this season as he joins with his private team in a Volkswagen Polo with the aim of bringing home the title.
He previously competed in the series back in 2018 and 2019, where he finished seventh overall in the championship on his first attempt when he was behind the wheel of an Eklund Motorsport run Volkswagen Beetle – where he reached the final on four occasions and three of them on the podium.
For the 2019 season he swapped the Beetle for the Polo he is currently using and he was running under the Gehrman Motorsport banner. During that season he managed to place himself a position higher by finishing sixth overall and was placed inside the top six in the intermediate standings three times but this time he had no podium finishes in the two times he reached the finals.
Gehrman had to miss out last years campaign due to the COVID-19 pandemic due to a joint decision with his sponsors but now he is determinder to rectify this season, “Last season was hugely frustrating, I watched every race sat at home, and that was so tough mentally, because all I wanted was to be there competing myself and I was constantly imagining where I could have finished.” Gehrman said.
“Saying that, the experience has only made me even more excited to return and fired-up to get results. We’ve done a lot of work on the Polo since I last raced, including a brand new engine, turbo and intercooler. It’s a really good car and we didn’t manage to extract the best out of it in 2019 – but we knew it just needed a bit of love. I know what I’m capable of and what the car is capable of when everything is working well, so I’ve got really high hopes for the coming season and my goal is very much to compete consistently right up at the sharp end.”
“I haven’t seen the full entry list yet, but RallyX Nordic always attracts a high-calibre field and that’s what you want as a driver – to race against and beat the very best. I want to push the car and myself to new heights, and when the season gets going, I’m very confident we will be more than well-prepared.”