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VM-kalender 2018 RX2 International Series 2018
Datum
Plats Land  
14-15/4
Barcelona Spanien */ **
28-29/4
Montalegre Portugal **
12-13/5
Mettet Belgien */***
25-27/5
Silverstone England #
9-10/6
Hell Norge **/***
30/6-1/7
Höljes Sverige */***
4-5/8
Trois-Rivieres Kanada #
1-2/9
Loheac Frankrike */**
15-16/9
Riga Lettland */**
29-30/9
Cota USA
13-14/10
Estering Tyskland **
24-25/11
Cape Town Sydafrika  
* = EM
** = Super1600
*** = TouringCar
12-13/5
Mettet Belgien
25-27/5
Silverstone England
9-10/6
Hell Norge
30-1/7
Höljes Sverige
4-5/8
Trois-Rivières, Canada
1-2/9
Lohéac Frankrike
24-25
Cape Town Sydafrika
 
Officiell hemsida
Officiell hemsida  
RallyX Nordic 2018 RallyX On ICE 2018
21-22/4
Grenland Norge
5-6/5
Höljes Sverige *
19-20/5
TBA  
2-3/6
Arvika Sverige
25-26/8
Kouvola Finland *
6-7/10
Tierp Sverige *
*Events including the RX Academy
Officiell hemsida
3/2
Östersund Sverige
10/2
Höljes Sverige
25/2
Ål Norge
3/3
Gol Norge
* beslut NEZ
Officiell hemsida

 

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18-02-15 The Magnificent Seven
Höljes RX pace-setters boast glittering career résumés
Eight major titles between nine Swedish podium stars
Stage set for IndyCar heavyweights to test their mettle

Just one glance at the above photograph showing the nine RallyX on Ice podium-finishers from Höljes in Sweden last weekend tells you all you need to know about the calibre of the hugely popular winter series – six of them are major international or national rallycross champions, and a seventh a multiple race-winner at the pinnacle of the sport.

Let’s start with Kevin Eriksson – winner in the headlining Supercar Lites category on home soil five days ago. The Swede was RX Lites Champion in 2014, while his younger brother Oliver – who finished third at Höljes – lifted the GRC Lites laurels the following year.

Moving onto the supporting RX Academy on Ice, winner Jesse Kallio was the 2014 Finnish Rallycross Champion, with compatriot Joni Wiman – runner-up last weekend – progressing from GRC Lites Champion in 2014 to GRC Champion outright 12 months later.

In Speedcar Xtreme, finally – for potent 312kg, 150bhp crosskarts – the rostrum was monopolised by a trio of big names. 2016 FIA European Rallycross Champion and 2015 RX Lites Champion Kevin Hansen mounted the top step, with 2015 Finnish Rallycross Champion Niclas Grönholm sealing the runner-up spoils. Although not a champion in his own right in the discipline, third-placed Timmy Hansen finished second overall in the FIA World Rallycross Championship in 2015 and is five times a race-winner at the highest level.

Similarly in the field at Höljes were reigning RX2 International Series and GRC Lites Champion Cyril Raymond – a podium-finisher in the Supercar Lites class in the Östersund curtain-raiser – 2014 FIA European Rallycross Champion Robin Larsson, 2017 MSA British Rallycross Champion Nathan Heathcote, 2016 French Rallycross Champion Firmin Caddedu and 2015 GRC Lites championship runner-up Austin Cindric.

And that’s not even to mention the upcoming appearance of defending Verizon IndyCar Series Champion Josef Newgarden and three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Hélio Castroneves at Ål and Gol respectively...

“I think the standard of drivers that we have attracted to compete in RallyX on Ice underscores that this is unquestionably the place to be for a pre-season winter warm-up,” affirmed Olsbergs MSE CEO Andreas Eriksson, the man behind the initiative. “It is, quite simply, a hotbed of promising young talent in the sport, and the fact that seven of the nine podium-finishers at Höljes had already achieved significant success in other series augurs extremely well for the summer season ahead.

“In the meantime, of course, we still have the Norwegian events to go at Ål and Gol, and it will be fascinating to see how our two IndyCar heavyweights fare against some of the most exciting rallycross drivers of the current generation. It’s going to be unmissable!”

All four rounds of RallyX on Ice will be livestreamed by the world's biggest digital motorsport platform, motorsport.com via its Motorsport TV online channel.
18-02-13 Red Bull Global Rallycross comes to Lydden Hill for 2018 season finale
The Home of Rallycross to play host to America's finest rallycross racers
Select 'wildcard' entries to support established Red Bull GRC runners
Revised circuit layout to feature signature 70ft table-top jump

After months of speculation, Lydden Hill has been confirmed as the venue for the double-header season finale of the 2018 Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship (GRC) on October 27-28. The birthplace of rallycross will welcome some of the finest rallycross racers from across the pond, together with a number of select 'wildcard' entries as the UK takes on the USA for the first time in Red Bull GRC history.

Lydden Hill boss Pat Doran confirmed the announcement following lengthy discussions over the winter months: "I'm delighted to finally confirm Lydden Hill as the venue for the final round of the 2018 Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship. Lydden has been at the forefront of rallycross for more than 50 years and we've invested in the sport throughout that time.

"It's fitting therefore that the GRC's return to Europe is here, where rallycross fans will get the opportunity to see the best GRC has to offer, including the series' signature 70ft table top jump, on our purpose-built rallycross track. We always receive great support from the motorsport fraternity, and I'm sure the fans will be out in force once again as we pull out all the stops to ensure the GRC season-finale is a sell-out success."

Red Bull GRC's debut at Lydden Hill will mark the first rallycross event in Europe for the series since 2013, and the first-ever visit for many of its drivers to the continent. Expected participants include three-time defending series champion Scott Speed and past Lydden Hill race winner Tanner Foust. Alongside the top-level competition, this year's Red Bull GRC Lydden Hill will also serve as the inaugural season finale for the series' new Polaris RZR® class.

"Bringing Red Bull Global Rallycross to Lydden Hill's historic venue makes perfect sense for the series' long-awaited return to Europe." said Red Bull GRC CEO Colin Dyne. "Our teams and drivers are looking forward to battling it out for the championship on the circuit where the sport first began, so fans will be sure to see some of the most intense racing of the year over this double-header weekend."
18-02-12 Solid weekend for Team Faren at Holjes on Ice
Rallycross squad Team Faren enjoyed a solid weekend with drivers Conner Martell and Nathan Heathcote in the second round of the RallyX on Ice series at Holjes (February 10).

Running two identical Supercar Lites for the very first time, Team Faren prepared for the event with a test session for new signing Heathcote, who won the MSA British Rallycross Championship last season, before joining rising American star Martell for the second round of the winter series.

Martell had impressed against the Scandinavian drivers more accustomed to racing on ice at the opening round in Ostersund by making it to the final in the highly competitive field, and continued that form at FIA World Rallycross Championship venue Holjes, by finishing second in each of his three qualifying races to be fifth overall in the Intermediate Classification.

Heathcote meanwhile made his maiden appearance both racing on ice and in a Supercar Lites, but challenged during the qualifying races and joined Martell in the semi-finals by qualifying 16th in the Intermediate Classification, quickly getting to grips with the single-make 310 bhp, four-wheel drive machine.

Starting from the front row of semi-final two, Martell ran second for much of the race but lost time in the closing stages after contact with another competitor and just missed out on a place in the final. Heathcote finished semi-final one in fifth position.

Martell enjoyed racing at one of the most famous rallycross circuits in the world. “I was really excited to come to Holjes and race here,” he said. “The track is insane, there’s a lot of elevation changes and it’s really, really tricky. The ice kind of fell apart really quickly, so by the end it was almost all tarmac and there were bad ruts everywhere. It was really inconsistent and hard to find good grip. It was a lot of fun racing here, we were second in every heat and started P2 in the semi. We ran the whole race in second until the second to last lap when we took the joker and at the exit had contact with the guy behind. That put me into the snow bank which slowed me down quite a bit. We’re looking forward to the next race.”

Having used the Holjes event to learn the conditions and the car, Heathcote is hoping to build on his maiden Lites performance in round three, in two weeks’ time. “I had a really good day, it was a good start to my campaign on the ice. It started well, the conditions were a lot better at the start of the day so my pace was a lot better than, by the end the ice had gone down to the more gravelly sections so it was a bit more unpredictable,” he explained. “I had a couple of good starts, but not all of them were great so if I had managed to get on top of the starts I think we would have had a better result in the end. It’s hard to come from the back of the grid in these conditions. I did better than I thought I might do, the competition is massive here so this race can do down more as practice and the next one can be more of a race. The team made me feel really welcome and I’m really looking forward to the next round.”

Team Principal Eric Faren, who himself qualified for the semi-finals in the FIA World Rallycross Championship at Holjes in 2015, was pleased with the performance of the team’s drivers. “We had both cars in the same race in Q1, so we were straight into having both cars fighting in the same heat, but the guys are at a similar stage in their career and we have a plan for them to work together and not against each other,” he said. “We were a bit unlucky in the end, but it’s been very promising. Conner was again fighting at the top with the Swedish and Norwegian ice specialists, and for his every first race on snow Nathan was also very promising and he did similar lap times to the top guys. From when we started testing on Thursday morning to the end of the race in Holjes, Nathan’s confidence grew so much, that’s very promising for the next ice races and also the summer season.”

The third round of the RallyX on Ice series at Al (Norway) will take place in two weeks (February 25), and will be broadcast on Motorsport.com around the world and SBF in Sweden.

RESULT: Holjes
1 Kevin Eriksson (SWE)
2 Sondre Evjen (NOR)
3 Oliver Eriksson (SWE)
4 Pelle Wilen (SWE)
5 Alexander Westlund (SWE)
6 Jami Kalliomaki (FIN)
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8 Conner Martell (USA)
17 Nathan Heathcote (GBR)
STANDINGS: RallyX on Ice
1 Oliver Eriksson (SWE) 67
2 Kevin Eriksson (SWE) 65
3 Sondre Evjen (NOR) 53
4 Ben Philip Gundersen (NOR) 52
5 Alexander Westlund (SWE) 48
6 Vasilily Gryazin (LAT) 46
7 Conner Martell (USA) 42
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20 Nathan Heathcote (GBR) 11
18-02-10 Andra raka pallplatsen för JC Raceteknik – Evjen tvåa under RallyX on Ice i Höljes
För andra helgen i rad knep Sondre Evjen en andraplats. Poängen gör dessutom att 20-åringen klättrar till en total tredjeplats i RallyX on Ice.
– Det som tog mig upp på pallen idag är snabba starter, ett bra samarbete med min spotter och rätt val av jokerspåret, säger Evjen.

Vi har redan bockat av två av fyra deltävlingar i RallyX on Ice. Helgens tävling tog plats på den välkända Höljesbanan i Värmland. Samtliga av JC Racetekniks sex förare kvalificerade sig till semifinal, där tre gick vidare till final. Dessutom fick teamet, liksom förra helgen, en förare på pallen: 20-årige Sondre Evjen. I grundomgången tog Evjen två heatsegrar, och han vann även i semifinalen vilket gav honom startspår i finalens första led. Där slutade norrmannen tvåa, vilket gör att han klättrar upp på en tredjeplats i RallyX on Ice.

Pelle Wilén beskriver tävlingen i Höljes som bra, förutom flera katastrofdåliga starter. I heaten slutade han trea, tvåa, trea och kvalificerade sig vidare till både semifinal och final. Men när starten gick öppnades Wiléns bildörr och han fick kämpa för att få igen den i farten. Trots trots räckte insatsen till en fjärdeplats.

Jonathan Walfridsson gjorde en riktigt bra tävling och tog två heatsegrar i grundomgången. Tyvärr gjorde en tredjeplats i semifinalen att han missade finalen. Ben-Philip Gundersen, som inför tävlingen ledde RallyX on Ice, hade bra tempo under dagen. Men oflyt och några långsamma starter gjorde att det inte räckte till final. Han ligger trots det på en total fjärdeplats i RallyX on Ice. Jimmie Walfridson, som i helgen körde sin andra rallycrosstävling, kvalificerade sig till semifinal. Han slogs om andraplatsen, men slutade dessvärre i en snövall och tvingades bryta tävlingen.

Blott 14-årige värmlänningen Isak Reiersen bildebuterade under RallyX on Ice i Östersund förra helgen. Idag gjorde han sin andra rallycrosstävling någonsin. Han slutade tvåa, tvåa, trea i grundomgångens heat, vilket tog honom vidare till semifinal. Därifrån kvalificerade han sig till final och insatsen räckte hela vägen till en fjärdeplats i klassen RX Academy.
Om två veckor korsar vi norska gränsen för den tredje och näst sista deltävlingen. Tävlingen tar plats i Ål och det är första gången som RallyX on Ice körs där.

Joel Christoffersson, teamchef JC Raceteknik:
”Alla våra förare hade riktigt bra fart i helgen, och att få alla bilar i semifinal var vårt mål. Det blev ett fint resultat för Sondre. Han brukar säga att vi måste vara jämna och göra bra resultat varje tävling. Så det var väldigt bra att han lyckades komma tvåa igen. Sen var det trevligt att Pelle fick ett bra resultat efter en ganska dålig helg i Östersund. Jonathan visade att han är en riktigt snabb förare genom två heatsegrar, men tyvärr fick han ingen bra start i semifinalen. Jimmie visade vad han går för, men även han hade otur i semifinalen. Det är synd att Ben-Philip inte fick köra final efter en stark tävling, men så är det i rallycross.”

Sondre Evjen, Supercar Lites:
”I finalen var jag och Kevin Eriksson väldigt jämna i starten, men eftersom han hade ett bättre startspår fick jag vika in bakom och jaga på så gott jag kunde. Jag är jättenöjd med min andraplats och att ligga trea i RallyX on Ice känns fint. Det som tog mig upp på pallen idag är snabba starter, ett bra samarbete med min spotter och rätt val av jokerspåret. De två deltävlingarna som är kvar är mina hemmabanor, så jag är laddad. Där är målet att plocka poäng i sammandraget genom att göra bra omgångar, snygga semifinaler och sen slåss om pallen i final.”

Pelle Wilén, Supercar Lites:
”Nu är allt som det ska igen! Det var jävligt fränt att köra i Höljes. Men under starten i finalen öppnade sig min bildörr på max. Så på startrakan och in i första sväng försökte jag trixa ut armen under skyddsnätet och dra igen den. Att det kom snörök in i bilen och på glasögonen gjorde ju inte saken lättare. Jag höll på att fara åt helvete helt enkelt och missade nästan jokerspåret. Det var såklart typiskt. Men jag fick igen dörren och slutade fyra i tävlingen, och det känns som en skön revansch efter Östersund. Jag är väldigt nöjd. Målen inför de två sista deltävlingarna är att åka på sladd och ha så kul som möjligt. Sen är det alltid trevligt att köra final.”

Isak Reiersen, RX Academy:
”Det här känns faktiskt helt otroligt. Allt gick över förväntan och jag har nog inte riktigt förstått det än. Mitt mål inför tävlingen var att köra final, så när jag väl stod på startlinjen i finalen kände jag bara: Det här är min andra tävling och jag är här. Jag har inget att förlora eller vara nervös över. Rallycross är det roligaste jag gjort i mitt liv, det slår verkligen allt. Så nu är målet att få ihop tillräckligt med pengar för att kunna köra de sista deltävlingarna i Ål och Gol. Det vore fantastiskt. Jag vill också passa på att tacka alla som har gjort körningen möjlig, både sponsorer och JC Raceteknik.”

Resultat Höljes
1. Kevin Eriksson 39 p
2. Sondre Evjen 33 p
3. Oliver Eriksson 35 p
4. Pelle Wilén 24 p
5. Alexander Westlund 28 p
6. Jami Kalliomäki 18 p
7. Jonathan Walfridsson 21 p
8. Conner Martell 21 p
9. Ben-Philip Gundersen 17 p
10. Vasily Gryazin 14 p
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18. Jimmie Walfridson 9 p

RallyX on Ice
1. Oliver Eriksson 67 p
2. Kevin Eriksson 65p
3. Sondre Evjen 59 p
4. Ben-Philip Gundersen 52 p
5. Alexander Westlund 48 p
6. Vasily Gryazin 46 p
7. Conner Martell 42 p
8. Jonathan Walfridsson 39 p
9. Pelle Wilén 36 p
10. Cyril Raymond 32 p
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19. Jimmie Walfridson 13 p

18-02-10 Eriksson maintains family pride at Swedish rallycross' spiritual home
Kevin Eriksson has won the second round of RallyX on Ice at Höljes in Sweden today (10 February), after coming out on top of a spellbinding Scandinavian snow fight with Sondre Evjen and round one winner Oliver Eriksson.

It was the younger of the two Erikssons that set the pace throughout the qualifying heats, but come the semi-final stage, older brother and Olsbergs MSE team-mate Kevin stole the initiative to earn himself pole position for the all-important final.

The MJP Racing Team Austria FIA World Rallycross Championship star then saw off a challenge from Östersund runner-up Evjen (JC Raceteknik) to seal victory, with Oliver Eriksson battling back from a difficult first corner to reach the bottom step of the rostrum in third.

“It was a good weekend for me – almost perfect,” reflected the winner. “I only conceded two points through the heats, and I had to beat two younger guys to get here. I really had to give it everything in the final and thankfully it was enough. It certainly wasn’t over right until the chequered flag. This is the first time I’ve actually won a race on ice – I’ve finished second five times – so it’s a good feeling.”

Results:
Supercar Lites Final
1. Kevin ERIKSSON
2. Sondre EVJEN
3. Oliver ERIKSSON
4. Pelle WILÉN
5. Alexander WESTLUND
6. Jami KALLIOMÄKI

RX Academy on Ice Final
1. Jesse KALLIO
2. Joni WIMAN
3. Simon SYVERSEN
4. Isak REIERSEN
5. Marko MURU
6. Oliver BENNETT

Speedcar Xtreme Final
1. Kevin HANSEN
2. Niclas GRÖNHOLM
3. Timmy HANSEN
4. Finn Erik LØBERG
5. Linus ÖSTLUND
6. Aleksander WIIK
18-02-09 Missa inte - Biljettförsäljningen till The Magic Weekend!
Biljettförsäljningen till en av våra höjdpunkter, rallycross-VM 28 juni - 1 juli, är i full gång!

Både entre- och läktarbiljetter är nu ute till försäljning!


http://www.holjesrx.com/
18-02-09 Välkomna till Höljes och RallyX on Ice, lördag 10/2
Årets första tävling på Motorstadion i Höljes närmar sig. Vi är hedrade att återigen få genomföra en vintertävling. Tänk vilken vinter vi har! Jag kan inte minnas när vi hade så mycket snö senast. Banan är väl förberedd på kommande bataljer. Vår banchef har med stor omsorg preparerat, vattnat och plogat banan under de senaste veckorna.

Hålltider
Fredag
kl 18.00 Presskonferens med drivers draw

Lördag
Kl 08.00 Warm-up
Kl 09.00 Första start
Kl 13.00 Start semifinaler och finaler
Kl 15.00 Tävlingen avslutad
Presskonferens efter sista finalen.

Det kommer att bli en gemytlig dag där man i pauser kan värma sig på någon av våra öppna eldar, besöka vår servering, provköra skoter eller gå och kika på teamen och deras bilar.

Några av förarna som deltar är: Timmy Hansen, Kevin Hansen, Kevin Eriksson och Robin Larsson. Dessutom är våra hemamförare Linus Östlund och Isac Egonsson på plats för att kämpa om medaljerna.

Mer info på http://finnskogamk.se/
18-02-08 Olsbergs 'Super Six' set for Swedish snow fight at Höljes
Rallycross specialist targeting back-to-back successes in Sweden
Oliver Eriksson keen to maintain early momentum at Höljes
Comprehensive live streaming via motorsport.com and SBF Play

Olsbergs MSE’s sextet of Supercar Lites drivers are revving up to fight for further glory this weekend, as RallyX on Ice resumes at Höljes in Sweden on Saturday (10 February).

OMSE got off to a winning start in the winter curtain-raiser at Östersund five days ago, as Oliver Eriksson stormed to victory in an action-packed encounter – incredibly, the young Swede’s first career triumph on home soil. He now has his eyes firmly set on securing back-to-back successes.

“The aim is to keep the momentum going at Höljes – it’s as simple as that,” the 19-year-old asserted. “It was amazing to finally win in Sweden last weekend, and Höljes is a fantastic track. I competed there last year in the FIA World Rallycross Championship, and whilst the conditions will obviously be slightly different this time around, I’m sure it’s going to be a mega event!”

Eriksson’s OMSE team-mate Cyril Raymond made a stellar debut on ice at Östersund, speeding to the bottom step of the rostrum as he carried over the form that saw him sprint to the inaugural RX2 International Series crown last year.

“I had a lot of fun out there in the snow!” the Frenchman enthused. “I learnt quickly over the course of the weekend – I had to, because there wasn’t time for much practice running – but I still need to work harder if I want to truly take the fight to the Scandinavians. Let’s see what we can do at Höljes. I didn’t have much luck there back in the summer in RX2, so I’ll be pushing hard to make amends.”

Eriksson’s older brother Kevin is similarly a contender in an OMSE-run car fielded under the MJP Racing banner – and after ending his charge against a snow bank at the semi-final stage at Östersund, the FIA World RX race-winner is out for revenge.

“Despite my little mishap in the semi-final, it was still a strong weekend,” the 21-year-old reflected. “Congratulations to my little bro’ on his victory – he showed great fighting spirit after a tough start to the day. But he’d better be ready, because I’m coming for him at Höljes!”

OMSE’s entry is bolstered by former FIA European Rallycross Champion Robin Larsson – whose car will run under the colours of Larsson Jernberg Motorsport – and American duo Austin Cindric and Cole Keatts.

Larsson progressed through to the semi-final stage at Östersund, while Cindric – whose career résumé includes successful stints in both NASCAR and GRC Lites – impressed with his abilities as a quick learner, vying for a top three semi-final finish before blameless contact curtailed his challenge. Keatts endured a tougher time of it, but the 16-year-old is fired-up to rebound in style second time around.

Tickets for round two of RallyX on Ice at Höljes this Saturday (10 February) can be purchased on-site for SEK 200 (cash only), with gates opening at 08h30 and the racing getting underway at 09h00.

RallyX on Ice will be broadcast live around the world on Motorsport.com’s online Motorsport TV channel, with additional live coverage for Swedish viewers via SBF Play.
18-06-07 RX on Ice bjuder på vintermagi r med delar av världseliten!
På lördag den tionde februari klockan 09.00 är det rallycross i Höljes! Magic Weekend bjuder in på lite vintermagi när RallyX on Ice når Värmland.

Ett stort startfält av förare i klasserna Supercar Lites, Speedcar Xtreme och RX Academy Renault kommer att finna spå plats.

Åk till Höljes för att se VM-förarna bröderna Timmy och Kevin Hansen, bröderna Kevin och Oliver Eriksson, Niklas Grönholm och Robin Larsson. Hemmaförarna Linus Östlund och Isac Egonsson kommer garanterat vara med och visa vad de går för! Ni hittar fler intressanta nemn i anmälningslistorna nedan.

Oliver Eriksson vann i Östersund, men det var EM-föraren Ben Philip Gundersen som kammade hem mest poäng.

Tidsschema
Lördag 10 febr
08.00 Träning
09.00 Kvalomgång 1, Omgång 2, Omgång 3
12.15-13.00 Lunch
13.00 Semifinal
Finaler
Presskonferens, TV intervjuer.

Supercar Lites – anmälda
#4 Robin Larsson SWE
#11 Mats Oskarsson SWE
#12 Anders Michalak SWE
#13 Cyril Raymond FRA
#16 Oliver Eriksson SWE
#17 Hampus Rådström SWE
#20 Ben-Philip Gundersen NOR
#21 Conner Martell USA
#22 Austin Cindric USA
#23 Pelle Wilén SWE
#27 Petter Leirhol NOR
#47 Alexander Westlund SWE
#50 Nathan Heatcote GBR
#53 Cole Keatts USA
#55 Vasily Gryazin LVA
#65 Jami Kalliomäki FIN
#69 Sondre Evjen NOR
#85 Alexander Lie NOR
#87 Troy Dowel AUS
#90 Jimmie Walfridson SWE
#91 Jonathan Walfridsson SWE
#96 Kevin Eriksson SWE

RX Academy – anmälda
#8 Simon Syvernsen NOR
#22 Sami-Matti Trogen FIN
#27 Marko Muru EST
#31 Joni Wiman FIN
#42 Oliver Bennett GBR
#47 Jesse Kallio FIN
#70 Isak Reiersen SWE
#95 Jimi Kalliomäke FIN
#96 Marat Knyazev RUS

Speedcar Xtreme – anmälda
#1 Aleksander Wiik NOR
#5 Isac Egonson SWE
#11 Jimmie Österberg SWE
#12 Linus Östlund SWE
#14 Nils Andersson SWE
#21 Timmy Hansen SWE
#34 Micke Göthesson SWE
#35 Finn Erik Löberg NOR
#55 Arne Wiik NOR
#68 Nicklas Grönholm FIN
#71 Kevin Hansen SWE
#88 Ruve Veski EST
#89 Ole Henry Steinsholt NOR
#90 Jonathan Eskilsson SWE
#92 Peter Lundbark SWE

Ladda ner anmälningslistan pdf

Mer info på http://finnskogamk.se/

Tryck här för mer info!

18-02-06 Team Faren begins 2018 rallycross campaign with strong international driver line-up
Swedish rallycross squad Team Faren got its 2018 rallycross season off to a strong start last weekend in the opening round of the RallyX on Ice series at Ostersund with American driver Conner Martell (February 3).

Making his first full-time appearance for the Eric Faren-owned squad, Martell impressed with his performance against a strong field of Scandinavian ice racing specialists to make it into the final and finish sixth.

Established for the 2017 season, Team Faren ran a single car in the RX2 International Series for British driver Dan Rooke last year. Rooke finished on the podium four times including one victory, and concluded the year second overall. The team also secured the Team of the Year award.

For 2018, Team Faren has expanded to two cars. It will run Martell and reigning MSA British Rallycross Supercar Champion Nathan Heathcote in the Scandinavian RallyX on Ice series before a full RX2 campaign, which supports seven rounds of the FIA World Rallycross Championship.

“We had a great first year last season and Dan [Rooke] played a key role in our success. To have two permanent drivers signed for the full season this year is great for the team, this is exactly according to the plan we set out before last season,” said Team Principal Eric Faren, who in recent years has worked for Kenneth Hansen’s Peugeot-backed World RX team as spotter for nine-time World Rally Champion, Sebastien Loeb. “I think we have two of the best drivers in the field, they just need some time to get up to speed. It was great to start working with Conner in pre-event testing and the race last weekend. For him to come over from America and produce the performance he did was great and he can build on what he learnt there this weekend at Holjes. We’re excited to begin working with Nathan this week too.”

Having qualified 10th of the 21 drivers in the opening round of the year, Martell climbed from fourth to second in his semi-final to make it into the final (top six) in his first event on ice, but was forced out when he made contact with a car that had spun in front, unsighted by snow dust filling the air, breaking his cars steering. “Racing on ice is really different to what I have most experience of but it’s a lot of fun,” explained Martell. “I’m learning every day I’m in the car out on the ice, we had some really good testing and we made a lot of progress at Ostersund. It was unfortunate that I hit Gundersen in the final, but we have good pace and we can hope for better results moving forward. It’s great to work with Team Faren and I’m excited for this year.”

Heathcote will test with Team Faren for the first time on Thursday, before his Supercar Lites debut this weekend at World RX circuit, Holjes. “RX2 as a good step up from what I did last year. Conner has a lot of experience in the cars so I’m looking forward to working with him and hopefully we can share knowledge to help each other,” said Heathcote, who raced a Citroen DS3 to the British Rallycross title last year in his first year in Supercar. “The amount of experience that Team Faren has got, as drivers and being involved in the sport, is massive. They showed last year coming in as a new team that they can quite easily go and win races. I know you’ve got to be a lot smoother in an RX2 car than you have in a Supercar, it will be like going back to my karting days I think. I’ve never driven on ice before so there will be a lot to learn this week, but I’m excited to get started. The main thing in the winter events is to get as prepared as possible for the main race season, although of course I want to do well and it would be amazing to be in the hunt for a podium.”

The second round of the RallyX on Ice series at Holjes will take place this weekend (February 10). The semi-finals and finals will be broadcast on Motorsport.com around the world and on SBF in Sweden.
18-02-06 Sweden's SVT commits to live broadcast of RallyX on Ice finale
RallyX on Ice set to be featured during primetime SVT Sport transmission
Indianapolis 500 legend primed for ‘wild card’ entry in series’ Norwegian finale
Live coverage to take fans right to the heart of spectacular high-octane action

Sweden’s national public broadcaster SVT will screen the RallyX on Ice season finale live from Gol in Norway on 3 March, in the latest boost to the burgeoning Scandinavian winter sport spectacular.

RallyX on Ice has been the most eagerly-anticipated new motorsport event of 2018, with an all-star driver line-up headlined by reigning Verizon IndyCar Series Champion Josef Newgarden, three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Hélio Castroneves – who will make his RX debut at Gol – and FIA World Rallycross Championship leading lights Timmy Hansen and Kevin Eriksson.

Rallycross is big business in Scandinavia, and in evidence of its fast-growing popularity and appeal, the fourth round of RallyX on Ice will be televised live on SVT at 13h00 local time (12h00 GMT) on Saturday, 3 March – enabling viewers to enjoy a vivid taste of the action as drivers duel doorhandle-to-doorhandle for glory around the snow-banked circuit.

“We’re really excited that we can show the finale of this new event,” said SVT Sport Executive Producer, Tobias Alsing. “We feel that RallyX on Ice will be a good complement to our regular coverage of the FIA World Rallycross Championship.”

“We are delighted to confirm this exciting partnership with SVT,” echoed Olsbergs MSE CEO Andreas Eriksson, the man behind the RallyX on Ice concept. “It is testament to the esteem in which our fast-paced series is already held that they will show the final event at Gol live.

“Rallycross is a major deal in Sweden, and with so many Swedish drivers on the entry list – including the likes of Timmy Hansen and Kevin Eriksson from FIA World RX – there is certain to be plenty of ‘home’ interest. This irresistible high-octane entertainment will make for thrilling TV – and all against the picture-perfect backdrop of a Swedish winter wonderland.”

All three remaining events – Höljes (10 February), Ål (25 February) and Gol (3 March) – will continue to be broadcast live around the world on Motorsport.com’s online Motorsport TV channel, with additional live coverage for Swedish viewers via SBF Play.

2018 RallyX on Ice Calendar
February 3 Östersund, Sweden
February 10 Höljes, Sweden
February 25 Ål, Norway
March 3 Gol, Norway
18-02-03 Swede success for Eriksson as RallyX on Ice makes dazzling debut
Home hero dominates Östersund RallyX on Ice curtain-raiser
Spectacular racing wows crowds against winter wonderland backdrop
Simon Syversen and Finn Erik Løberg triumph in support classes

Oliver Eriksson gave the home fans plenty to cheer about as RallyX on Ice fired into life in style at Östersunds Motorstadion in Sweden today (3 February), with a brilliant performance to scythe through the snow to a hugely popular triumph.

The most hotly-anticipated event of the traditional motorsport ‘off-season’, RallyX on Ice will be disputed over four weekends from early February to early March against the backdrop of Scandinavia’s spectacular winter wonderland.

In the headlining Supercar Lites class, no fewer than 21 drivers descended upon Östersund for the curtain-raiser, and Eriksson was one of the front-runners from the outset. Competing for Swedish powerhouse Olsbergs MSE, the 19-year-old finished second in two of his three qualifying races, before nailing the start from third on the grid in his semi-final to storm into a lead he would never relinquish.

That did not, however, earn the former GRC Lites Champion pole position for the all-important final, as both Ben Philip Gundersen and Vasiliy Gryazin had outscored him through the qualifying stages, leaving him third on the grid once more. No matter. Eriksson replicated his meteoric semi-final getaway when the lights went out to leapfrog into the lead – and from there, he pulled away with relative ease.

“What a day!” he reflected. “We’ve had our ups and downs, but in the end we managed to pull it off and it feels great. After spending time racing over in America, to come back here and win in front of such an enthusiastic crowd is awesome – I’ve never won on home soil before.

“We had a lot of bad luck last year and it felt like it was going that way today as well with a few issues in the third qualifier. We really struggled and I didn’t know exactly what the problem was, but my team managed to resolve it and then from the semi-final onwards, everything just clicked. RallyX on Ice is definitely the most fun you can have in conditions like this – ever!”

Evjen’s day was likewise not without its dramas. The Norwegian was on stunning form in his second qualifying race as he sped to victory, but in the other two contests, his charge ended in a snow bank. That left him back on the second row of the grid for the semi-final, but a good start and early ‘joker’ saw him progress through to the final, where he employed a similar tactic to snare the runner-up spoils.

“After failing to finish two of my qualifying races, just to be in the final at all was an achievement and I was really happy to make it through,” the 20-year-old admitted. “To finish on the podium is an even bigger bonus!

“We were really up against it after the qualifiers, but I never gave up and never stopped pushing and I knew that from where I was starting in the semi-final, I could go immediately for the joker if I got a good start – and that strategy worked out perfectly. It was a great comeback. Now I’m already looking forward to the next round at Höljes – I’ve never been there in the snow before, so that will be interesting...”

Raymond joined Eriksson and Evjen on the podium, winning his first qualifying race – his maiden competitive outing on ice – before coming off second-best in a disagreement with a snow bank in Q3. Second place in the semi-final earned the Frenchman promotion to the final, from where he kept his nose clean and overhauled Gryazin to reach the bottom step of the rostrum.

“It’s been a very cool day,” acknowledged the reigning RX2 International Series presented by Cooper Tires Champion, “and I’m really happy to finish third for my first time racing on ice.

“RallyX on Ice is an excellent school. I learned a lot on the track and from my Scandinavian team-mates, and winning my first qualifying race was far more than I had expected. It took me a while to settle into my rhythm in the final, but I pushed really hard to come back and whilst there is a lot to build on – my starts were not perfect and I am still lacking consistency – it’s been a very positive debut.”

After impressing with a scintillating turn-of-speed all day, Latvia’s Gryazin eventually finished fourth, while qualifying stars Gundersen and Kevin Eriksson both came unstuck, the former crashing out at the first corner of the final and the latter ploughing into a snow bank while running second in the semi-final. An honourable mention should also go to America’s Conner Martell, who turned heads with his eye-catching pace, only to find himself eliminated in the same incident that accounted for Gundersen.

In the supporting RX Academy on Ice, Simon Syversen emerged on top of a tense three-way tussle with Finnish duo Joni Wiman and Jesse Kallio. The RX2 regular flew somewhat under the radar during the qualifying races, but he truly turned up the wick when it really counted and held on under sustained pressure from his two pursuers in the final to clinch victory. Qualifying pace-setter Oliver Solberg never recovered from a tardy start and took the chequered flag fourth.

In Speedcar Xtreme – for 312kg, 150bhp crosskarts – age triumphed over youth as Finn Erik Løberg showed two of the leading lights from the FIA World Rallycross Championship the way home. The Norwegian was unbeatable in the final, with Kevin Hansen and Niclas Grönholm taking advantage of last lap driveshaft woes for Aleksander Wiik to claim the remaining two podium spots. Timmy Hansen’s challenge ended on top of a snow bank at the semi-final stage.

“What a fantastic debut for RallyX on Ice,” summarised Olsbergs MSE CEO Andreas Eriksson, the man behind the exciting winter sport concept. “We have seen some incredible racing, some amazing fightbacks and three very worthy winners. The fans went home having enjoyed hours of almost non-stop entertainment, and those not able to make it could follow all the semi-final and final action live on motorsport.com. The next round at Höljes can’t come soon enough!”

Results
Supercar Lites Final
1. Oliver ERIKSSON SWE 6 laps
2. Sondre EVJEN NOR +7.002s
3. Cyril RAYMOND FRA +7.849s
4. Vasiliy GRYAZIN LVA +12.420s
5. Ben Philip GUNDERSEN NOR +6 laps
6. Conner MARTELL USA +6 laps

RX Academy on Ice Final
1. Simon SYVERSEN NOR 6 laps
2. Joni WIMAN FIN +0.554s
3. Jesse KALLIO FIN +1.828s
4. Oliver SOLBERG NOR +10.717s
5. Marat KNYAZEV RUS +1 lap
6. Oliver BENNETT GBR +1 lap

Speedcar Xtreme Final
1. Finn Erik LØBERG NOR 6 laps
2. Kevin HANSEN SWE +16.412s
3. Niclas GRÖNHOLM FIN +21.904s
4. Aleksander WIIK NOR +24.092s
5. Jonathan ESKILSSON SWE +3 laps
6. Jimmie ÖSTERBERG SWE +6 laps

18-02-03 Gundersen leder RallyX on Ice – Evjen tvåa i Östersund
Det blev dubbelt JC Raceteknik i finalen, där Evjen lyckades gasa hem andraplatsen. Samtidigt leder Gundersen RallyX on Ice.
– Jag är väldigt glad över resultatet. Framförallt med tanke på hur mycket jag slet med att få till starterna i grundomgången, säger han.

Efter ett par månaders uppehåll är vi på banan igen. Startskottet för 2018 års säsong blev när den första av RallyX on Ices totalt fyra deltävlingar kördes i Östersund. Det Värmlandsbaserade teamet JC Raceteknik kom till start med fem förare i Supercar Lites samt en i RX Academy.
Norrmannen Sondre Evjen hade till en början en minst sagt problematisk tävling, där han segrade i en omgång men bröt de andra två. Trots det kvalificerade han sig till en av de tre semifinalerna, och gasade där hem en finalplats. I finalen gjorde bra fart och taktisk körning att han slutade på andraplats i tävlingen.

Sällskap i finalen hade han av Ben-Philip Gundersen, tidigare Europamästare i rallycrossklassen Touringcar. Gundersen gjorde fram till finalen en felfri tävling med segrar i alla tre omgångar samt i semifinalen. Men i finalen tog det dessvärre stopp. Han och en annan förare krokade ihop redan i första sväng. Båda hamnade i en snövall och Gundersen tvingades bryta tävlingen. Trots det leder han totalt i RallyX on Ice.
Rallytalangen Pelle Wilén, som under lördagen körde sin andra rallycrosstävling någonsin, var med och fightades i toppen av sina heat. Han kvalificerade sig till semifinal men där slutade han sexa.

Jonathan Walfridsson visade bra fart under helgen och slutade etta, tvåa, trea i de inledande omgångarna. Men i semifinalen tvingades han bryta och slutade därmed nia i tävlingen. För rallycrossdebutanten Jimmie Walfridson blev det stolpe ut. I de två första omgångarna kämpade han med starterna. I den tredje omgången var han tvåa iväg, men på näst sista varvet blev han blev stående i en snövall.
14-årige Torsbykillen Isak Reiersen, som vanligtvis syns på crosskartbanan och kör för JC Raceteknik Juniorteam, gjorde under helgen ett inhopp i klassen RX Academy. Det var hans första tävling någonsin i en bil och han gjorde en stark insats, som nästan räckte hela vägen till final. Han kvalificerade sig till semifinal och slutade där på fjärdeplats.

Den andra deltävlingen av RallyX on Ice körs i värmländska Höljes 3 februari.

Joel Christoffersson, teamchef JC Raceteknik:
”Det känns bra att ha Ben-Philip i teamet. Vi såg redan under veckans test att han var snabb, och idag visade han det verkligen med bästa startspår i finalen. Så det var verkligen synd att han fastnade i en snövall, men att åka härifrån och leda RallyX on Ice är väldigt roligt. Sondre gillar att köra på snö, hans bil är ny för i år och jag tror han har bra självförtroende. Hans dag började inte så bra, men han tog en heatseger och gjorde ett bra jobb i semifinalen. Överlag har det varit en bra helg för teamet och vi ser fram emot att tävla på vår hemmabana i Höljes nästa helg.”

Sondre Evjen, Supercar Lites:
”Jag är väldigt glad över resultatet. Framförallt med tanke på hur mycket jag slet med att få till starterna i grundomgången. I finalen valde jag jokern direkt. Sen kämpade jag hela tiden för att inte tappa pallplatsen och försöka minska luckan till de två förarna framför mig. Att det räckte till en andraplats är jag nöjd med. Sen är jag också väldigt nöjd med mina mekaniker som alltid håller hundra procent ordning på bilen. Till nästa tävling i Höljes hoppas jag kunna sätta starterna bättre, för jag siktar på en pallplats i hela RallyX on Ice.”

Ben-Philip Gundersen, Supercar Lites:
”Den här helgen har varit bra. Jag satte snabba heattider, men hade svårt med starterna så jag behöver mer övning på det. I finalen var inte starten den bästa men jag lyckades få innerspåret. Tyvärr kom förarna på ytterkanten in i kurvan så jag gled ut i snövallen. Annars är jag nöjd med tävlingen och det känns bra att jobba med JC Raceteknik. Jag ser verkligen fram emot att komma till Höljes nästa helg, för det är en bana jag trivs på.”

Isak Reiersen, RX Academy:
”Jag har haft så roligt den här helgen. Körningen gick faktiskt bättre än förväntat, så för att vara min debuttävling i en bil är jag väldigt nöjd. I den första omgången hade jag bra fart och låg på andraplats, bakom Joni Wiman, fram tills sista varvet. Då gjorde snöröken att jag tappade all sikt och körde in i en snövall i alternativspåret. Där blev jag stående. Jag tänkte bara nej, nej, nej – jag var så uppgiven. Men det var bara att ladda om! Att köra RX Academy har gett mig många nyttiga erfarenheter och jag har helt klart fått mersmak på att köra bil. Så tack till JC Raceteknik och mina sponsorer för att jag fick den här möjligheten.”

Resultat Östersund
1. Oliver Eriksson SWE
2. Sondre Evjen NOR
3. Cyril Raymond FRA
4. Vasily Gryazin LVA
5. Ben-Philip Gundersen NOR
6. Conner Martell USA
7. Kevin Eriksson SWE
8. Alexander Westlund SWE
9. Jonathan Walfridsson SWE
10. Robin Larsson SWE
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15. Pelle Wilén SWE
19. Jimmie Walfridson SWE

RallyX on Ice
1. Ben Philip Gundersen 35 p
2. Oliver Eriksson 32 p
3. Vasilily Gryazin 32 p
4. Cyril Raymond 27 p
5. Sondre Evjen 26 p
6. Kevin Eriksson 26 p
7. Conner Maartell 21 p
8. Alexander Westlund 20 p
9. Jonathan Walfridsson 18 p
10. Robin Larsson 16 p
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15. Pelle Wilén 12 p
19. Jimmie Walfridsson 4 p

18-02-02 Ice is nice for Olsbergs MSE as Östersund beckons
Swedish rallycross powerhouse eager to prove prowess on home turf
Raymond, Keatts, Cindric and O. Eriksson form potent line-up
Supercar stars K. Eriksson and Larsson gunning for glory with OMSE

Olsbergs MSE is ready to head into battle this weekend, with drivers Cyril Raymond, Cole Keatts, Austin Cindric and Oliver Eriksson primed for a snow fight in the opening round of RallyX on Ice at Östersunds Motorstadion in Sweden.

RallyX on Ice has been grabbing all the motorsport headlines of late, and no fewer than 21 drivers are entered at Östersund in the premier Supercar Lites category. Raymond, Keatts, Cindric and Eriksson will all be running under the OMSE banner – and buoyed by a successful test day, each of them fancies his chances of gunning for glory.

Raymond needs little introduction. As RX Lites Champion in 2016 and both RX2 International Series and GRC Lites Champion in 2017, the Frenchman’s reputation precedes him – and now he is out to prove that he is every bit as quick on ice as he is on gravel and asphalt.

“I’m really excited to be competing in RallyX on Ice,” the 24-year-old enthused. “Coming from the south of France, we don’t tend to see these conditions very often, so it will be a proper challenge and I’m really pumped up for it. Let’s see if we can show these Scandinavians how it’s done...”

Team-mates Keatts and Cindric are both rising teenage stars on the other side of the Pond in the United States, with the former making a name for himself in GRC Lites last year and the latter demonstrating his versatility by successfully trying his hand at a number of different series, including GRC Lites and NASCAR, in which he currently competes.

“It’s awesome to be in Sweden for RallyX on Ice – I’ve been looking forward to this all winter!” said Keatts. “I’m under no illusions that I’ve got a big learning curve ahead of me, but I just can’t wait to get out on-track and give it a crack. The conditions look perfect – so let’s get on with this!”

“RallyX on Ice has already generated a lot of interest in the motorsport world, and we’ve not even begun racing yet,” added Cindric, who is confirmed for both Östersund and round two at Höljes in just over a week’s time. “I’m hoping my background will help me to quickly adapt to what is clearly quite a specialist discipline. It’s going to be a blast!”

Eriksson, meanwhile, predated Raymond as GRC Lites Champion in 2015, and the young Swede has experience of competing on the FIA World Rallycross Championship stage – as recently as South Africa last November.

“The weather is a bit different here to how it was in Cape Town!” he joked. “Seriously, though, for me, these conditions are perfect for rallycross – we do some testing in the snow here in Scandinavia, so it all feels very natural. That said, the competition will be fierce so I’ll need to be at the very top of my game if I want to win. Bring it on!”

The cars of Kevin Eriksson and Robin Larsson will also be operated by OMSE this weekend, albeit racing under different colours – Eriksson for MJP Racing, with Larsson entered by Larsson Jernberg Motorsport.

Tickets for the curtain-raiser at Östersunds Motorstadion tomorrow (Saturday, 3 February) can be purchased on-site for SEK 100 (cash only), with gates opening at 08h30 and the racing getting underway at 09h00.

RallyX on Ice will be livestreamed by the world's biggest digital motorsport platform, motorsport.com, with the Östersund action additionally available to Swedish viewers via SBF Play.
18-02-02 RallyX on Ice livesänds
Premiär för sina tävlingar i helgen. RallyX on Ice M. Och för den som inte är på plats kan följa via livesändning.

RallyX on Ice
På lördag körs den första av fyra deltävlingar av RallyX on Ice. Premiären körs i Östersund och har lockat flera kända namn till vinterrallycrossen. Är du inte på plats kan du se den live på SBFPlay.
Kevin Eriksson som tidigare vunnit serien kommer till start. Det gör även Europamästaren från 2015, Robin Larsson. Men det är inte bara svenska stjärnor som sätter sig bakom ratten i Östersund. Finländaren Joni Wiman med flera säsonger i den amerikanska serien Global Rallycross finns med i startfältet. Likaså Indycarstjärnan Josef Newgarden och trefaldige Indianapolisvinnaren, Hélio Castroneves vill nu visa att de även behärskar rallycross på is.

Efter tävlingen i Östersund följer de tre avslutande tävlingarna med Höljes den 10 februari. Därefter körs de två sista i Norge. Den 25 februari i Ål och avslutningen på Gol den 3 mars.
Helgens tävling ser du live på Svensk Bilsports egen webb-tv kanal, www.sbfplay.se
18-02-01 RallyX on Ice: JC Raceteknik till Östersund med 6 förare – Reiersen och Walfridson rallycrossdebuterar
JC Raceteknik kommer till Östersund med Sondre Evjen, Pelle Wilén, Jimmie Walfridson, Ben-Philip Gundersen och Jonathan Walfridsson i Supercar Lites. Dessutom gör 14-årige Isak Reiersen rallycrossdebut i RX Academy.
På lördag drar rallycrossäsongen igång igen. Startskottet för RallyX on Ice blir Östersund. Vi kommer till premiären med fem förare i Supercar Lites, samt en nykomling i RX Academy. Sondre Evjen, som gör sin tredje säsong för JC Raceteknik, kommer till start i alla fyra deltävlingar. Rallyföraren Pelle Wilén, som körde en deltävling i fjol, kommer även han köra hela serien.

Nya i gänget är Jimmie Walfridson, Ben-Philip Gundersen och Jonathan Walfridsson. Gundersen har tidigare tävlat i Touringcar, där han vann EM 2016. I fjol körde norrmannen RallyX on Ice och fick mersmak. I år kommer han satsa på en hel säsong i Supercar Lites. Jimmie Walfridson sadlar om från crosskart och kommer köra hela vinterserien RallyX on Ice. För honom blir det första tävlingen någonsin i en rallycrossbil. Walfridsons kusin Jonathan Walfridsson, som kört Supercar Lites sedan 2015, kommer också ansluta sig till teamet.
Rallycrossdebut gör även 14-årige Isak Reiersen. I vanliga fall ser vi honom på banan i crosskartklassen 125cc, men i Östersund kommer han göra ett inhopp i klassen RX Academy. Det blir Reiersens första tävling någonsin i en bil.

Joel Christoffersson, teamchef JC Raceteknik: ”Det känns kul att säsongen drar igång och hela teamet är riktigt laddade. Vi hade en bra sommarsäsong i fjol, med EM-silver, pallplats i RX2 International Series och tre RallyX Nordic-medaljer. Vi hade också förare på tredje och femte plats i RallyX on Ice. I år siktar vi ännu högre.”

Isak Reiersen, RX Academy: ”Det här är helt ofattbart. Jag har nog inte smält det än. Det kommer bli spännande, speciellt när man tittar på deltagarlistan. En har tävlat i Supercar i USA, någon har kört Super 1600 och så kör min kompis Oliver Solberg. Det blir min första tävling i en bil, så målet är att få ut så mycket erfarenheter som möjligt ur det här. Jag är verkligen så tacksam över att få den här chansen. Det kommer bli väldigt, väldigt, väldigt roligt.”

Sondre Evjen, Supercar Lites: ”Det ska bli väldigt spännande att tävla igen, hela gänget ser fram emot det här. Jag har som mål att kämpa om pallen i serien. Nivån kommer vara väldigt hög i år, så det kommer behövas jämna och bra prestationer från min sida. Inför den första tävlingen i Östersund är jag väldigt revanschsugen. Förra året fick jag inte riktigt till det på den banan så jag siktar helt klart på pallen nu.”

Ben-Philip Gundersen, Supercar Lites: ”Jag glädjer mig verkligen åt att få komma igång med det nya teamet och vinterkörningen. Jag körde på banan i Östersund förra året och tyckte om den, så jag ser fram emot att komma tillbaka dit. Nu siktar jag på att prestera bättre än sist och komma till final. Det är många väldigt bra förare även i år, så det kommer bli stenhårda fighter. Målet inför vintersäsongen är att köra så många finaler som möjligt, och att komma på pallen i åtminstone en av tävlingarna.”

Pelle Wilén, Supercar Lites: ”Först och främst ska det bli kul att göra något annat efter några säsonger i rally-SM. Jag ser fram emot flera roliga helger med nya erfarenheter. Bra resultat är såklart ett mål, men viktigast är att ha kul, kasta runt bilen på sladd och lära sig mer om fyrhjulsdrift och rallycross.”

Jimmie Walfridson, Supercar Lites: ”Det här kommer bli fruktansvärt roligt! Senaste åren har jag tänkt mycket på att ta klivet upp till rallycross och nu blir det äntligen av. Det känns såklart också kul att vara en del av JC Raceteknik. Joel och teamet har flera års erfarenhet av rallycross och bra koll på vad de gör. Att debuten blir på snö känns lite betryggande. Jag har kört mycket rally och kommer inte vara den förare som kört minst på vinterunderlag, om man säger så. Eftersom det är min första rallycrosstävling är det svårt att sätta upp mål. Men så fort jag får på mig hjälmen vill jag alltid vinna. Men realistiskt sett vill jag köra minst semifinal i varje tävling, gärna final.”

Jonathan Walfridsson, Supercar Lites: ”Jag är laddad inför en ny säsong, det vore kul att vara uppe i toppen och fightas. I Östersund hoppas jag kunna göra bra ifrån mig och slippa raceincidenter. Jag gillar när det går på sladd, så enligt mig är det roligare att köra på vintern än på sommaren. Det passar mer min körstil. Det är min tredje säsong i Lites, men första gången med JC Raceteknik. Samarbetet kommer funka bra


Tidsschema: Lördag 3 februari
08.00 Träning 1x3 varv
09.00 Omgång 1, 2 och 3
Lunch
13.00-15.00 Semifinaler och finaler
15.30 Presskonferens och TV-intervjuer

Supercar Lites – anmälda
#4 Robin Larsson SWE
#11 Mats Oskarsson SWE
#12 Anders Michalak SWE
#13 Cyril Raymond FRA
#16 Oliver Eriksson SWE
#17 Hampus Rådström SWE
#20 Ben-Philip Gundersen NOR
#21 Conner Martell USA
#22 Austin Cindric USA
#23 Pelle Wilén SWE
#27 Petter Leirhol NOR
#47 Alexander Westlund SWE
#53 Cole Keatts USA
#55 Vasily Gryazin LVA
#65 Jami Kalliomäki FIN
#69 Sondre Evjen NOR
#85 Alexander Lie NOR
#87 Troy Dowel AUS
#90 Jimmie Walfridson SWE
#91 Jonathan Walfridsson SWE
#96 Kevin Eriksson SWE

RX Academy – anmälda
#8 Simon Syvernsen NOR
#11 Oliver Solberg NOR
#22 Sami-Matti Trogen FIN
#27 Marko Muru EST
#31 Joni Wiman FIN
#42 Oliver Bennett GBR
#47 Jesse Kallio FIN
#70 Isak Reiersen SWE
#95 Jimi Kalliomäke FIN
#96 Marat Knyazev RUS
18-02-01 RallyX on Ice to be streamed live on Motorsport.com
Races to be shown live on world's biggest digital motosport platform. Expert duo Toby Moody and Anders Krohn join forces in commentary box. ‘Incredible spectacle’ predicted, with first round just around the corner
The rapidly approaching 2018 RallyX on Ice campaign will be streamed live around the world on leading specialist website Motorsport.com, bringing the action-packed winter spectacle to more people than ever before.

Excitement is at fever pitch as the opening round of RallyX on Ice speeds into view at Östersund in Sweden this coming Saturday (3 February), with almost 50 entries across the three classes – Supercar Lites, RX Academy on Ice and Speedcar Xtreme.

Rallycross is motorsport’s fastest-growing discipline, with drivers from all areas of the sport electing to try their hand at it – as evidenced by the high-profile presence of reigning Verizon IndyCar Series Champion Josef Newgarden and three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Hélio Castroneves on the RallyX on Ice entry list. Little wonder Motorsport.com was keen to grab a slice of the high-octane action for its hugely popular Motorsport.TV channel.

“We’re big fans of rallycross at Motorsport.com, and the RallyX on Ice series sounds like a blast,” remarked Charles Bradley, Global Editor in Chief of the world's biggest digital motorsport platform. “I look forward to watching the broadcasts of these exciting events.”

The races will be brought to life by expert commentating duo Toby Moody and Anders Krohn. The former has previous experience of talking about ultra-powerful rallycross cars slipping and sliding through the snow – and the Briton admits he is champing at the bit for the season to get started.

“To take what is already a hugely exciting sport to some of the most picturesque ‘winter wonderland’ venues you could possibly imagine really is something else and will make for fabulous TV,” enthused Moody, whose CV includes presenting roles for Eurosport, ITV4, ESPN and Sky Sports amongst others. “I remember being extremely impressed by the circuits and the racing last year, and I can’t wait to get back out there again.

“Attracting the likes of Josef Newgarden, Hélio Castroneves and Timmy Hansen to compete is a major coup. These drivers are international motorsport heroes, and the fact that they actively wanted to come along and participate speaks volumes for the calibre and appeal of RallyX on Ice – and the organisers should be applauded for that. It’s going to be an incredible spectacle.”

“We’re delighted to be able to confirm our livestream partnership with Motorsport.com and Motorsport.TV,” added Olsbergs MSE CEO Andreas Eriksson, the man behind the RallyX on Ice concept. “There is no bigger platform globally for fans of the sport to get their fix, and I have no doubt that they will enjoy the show.

“Toby brings authority and experience to the commentary booth, while Anders can relate closely to what the drivers are feeling and saying from his own racing career. Together, they form the perfect duo – and I’m looking forward to hearing them in action.”

Tickets for the curtain-raiser at Östersunds Motorstadion this Saturday (3 February) can be purchased on-site for SEK 100 (cash only), with gates opening at 08h30 and the racing getting underway at 09h00.
18-02-01 Yle to broadcast World RX on Free-to-air television in Finland
YLE – Finland’s biggest media organisation and public state broadcaster - will televise the 2018 FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy. At least 50% of the World Championship will be aired live on free-to-air television station, YLE, with the remainder to be shown on YLE Arena.

The new agreement is part of one-year deal in Finland and follows on from other successful terrestrial TV deals in this part of the world including SVT (Sweden) and NRK (Norway).

Robert Portman, Head of Sport Rights at YLE spoke positively about the new deal: ”We are delighted to have reached an agreement on this property. We have followed the RX with interest during some years now and find the series exciting and well produced. We have great expectations on the Finnish drivers and their success the coming season.”

Paul Bellamy, World RX Managing Director for IMG, concluded: “This is another positive step for World RX in the TV market as we prepare to enter our fifth season as an FIA World Championship. With rallycross growing rapidly in Finland at a grassroots level combined with the growing success of Finnish drivers on the world stage such as Topi Heikkinen, I am very pleased to report that we can repay the loyalty of our Finnish fans with free-to-air TV coverage. We look forward to working closely with YLE in Finland to grow this market even more favourably over the next 12 months.”

World RX of Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain kicks off the 2018 season and will take place from 14-15 April.
18-02-01 Alex Westlund i samarbete med Märsta Förenade på väg mot guldet i Rallycross
Alex Westlund och Märsta Förenade har utökat sitt samarbete för 2018. Ett ökat stöd ger större förutsättningar för nya toppresultat av den tidigare guldmedaljören i Rallycross sprint.
- Jag har tidigare haft bra förutsättningar att prestera på toppnivå, men under 2018 har jag ett ännu bättre stöd som gör ett toppresultat ännu mer greppbart, säger Alex Westlund.

Första tävlingen i RallyX On ice går av stapeln den 3/2 i Östersund, och samarbetet kommer att synas tydligt på bilen, som är helt profilerad i Märsta Förenades tema.
Vi ser ett samarbete med motorsporten som naturlig för oss säger Niclas Larsered, kommunikationsansvarig på Märsta Förenade. Motorsporten är delvis med och driver utvecklingen mot säkrare och mer hållbara bilar och det vill vi vara med och stötta. Att sedan Alex arbetar på ett av våra medlemsföretag ger också en intern stolthet bland våra 550 medarbetare som kör motordrivna fordon av olika slag i sina jobb, fortsätter Niclas.

Alex Westlund innehar utöver SM-guld i sprint 2017 även bronsmedaljen från 2016. Andra tunga meriter är silver i RallyX On Ice 2017, brons i samma tävling 2016 samt ett silver från Back SM 2014.
- Stödet från en extern motorintresserad part är jätteviktigt. Allt i bilen känns riktigt bra och testerna visar på en grym fart inför första tävlingen nu i helgen, säger den målinriktade Westlund.

Märsta Förenade, är en sammanslutning av åkerier med fokus på transporter av bergmassor samt entreprenad.
18-01-31 EKS Audi Sport till attack i rallycross-VM med Bakkerud och Ekström
Audi fortsätter satsningen på rallycross tillsammans med Mattias Ekström. Det fabriksstöttade teamet byter namn till EKS Audi Sport och går in i rallycross-VM med två helt nya Audi S1 EKS RX quattro-bilar. Rutinerade Andreas Bakkerud har värvats som ny förare i den andra bilen medan Mattias Ekström fortsätter både som teamchef och förare.

Mattias Ekström är laddad inför en ny säsong i rallycross-VM och satsar med full kraft: ”Med stöttningen från Audi kan vi satsa fullt ut, säger Ekström. ”Målet för 2018 är helt klart. Vi kommer att slåss om VM-titeln i både förar- och teammästerskapet.”

2016 lyckades EKS ta hem båda titlarna i sina Audi S1 EKS RX quattro, medan fjolårets satsning gav en andraplats i förarmästerskapet och tredjeplats för teamet. ”Det var tydligt att vi måste ändra på något. Vi bygger därför två nya bilar och sätter konkurrenterna från Volkswagen och Peugeot på plats.“

Norrmannen Andreas Bakkerud ansluter vid Mattias Ekströms sida för att kämpa om mästerskapstitlarna. 26-åringen rankas som en av världens bästa rallycross-förare. Bakkerud har kört alla 49 race i VM, har stått på pallen 18 gånger och vunnit sex race. Under 2016 blev Bakkerud trea i förarmästerkskapet efter Ekström och regerande världsmästaren Johan Kristoffersson. ”Det är en stor ära för mig att få köra i Mattias team. Vi har haft en nära kontakt under många år och jag har följt utvecklingen av EKS. Tillsammans med teamet skulle jag vilja ta nästa steg i karriären och vara med och fightas om titeln.

Dieter Gass, chef för Audi Motorsport, gläder sig över det fortsatta engagemanget. ”Vi har väldigt positiva erfarenheter från rallycross-VM de senaste åren och är övertygade om att det finns en tillväxtpotential i serien. Vår förhoppning är att vi på sikt kommer att se en övergång till elbilar i serien. Elektrifiering är i fokus även för motorsporten inom Audi.
18-01-31 Bakkerud joins Ekstrom driving for EKS Audi Sport
Norway’s Andreas Bakkerud has this morning confirmed that he will join Mattias Ekstrom in the newly-named EKS Audi Sport team for the 2018 FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy.

Both drivers will compete in all 12 rounds of the World Championship in two new Audi S1 EKS RX quattro cars. This news follows hot on the heels of an announcement earlier in the week that Ekstrom will quit his career in DTM to fully concentrate on rallycross.

Ekstrom explained: “With support from Audi we’re able to go for all-out attack. Our aim for 2018 is clear: we’re battling for the drivers’ and teams’ world championship titles. It’s clear that we needed to make some changes. That’s why we’re preparing two new cars and putting the competition from Volkswagen and Peugeot in their place.”

Bakkerud, who has spent the last two seasons driving alongside Ken Block in the Hoonigan Racing Division team, spoke positively about his move to EKS Audi Sport. “It’s a great honour for me to be driving in Mattias’ team,” explained 26-year-old Bakkerud. “We’ve had good rapport with each other for many years and I’ve been closely following the development of EKS. Together with the team I’d now like to make the step in my career and be in contention for the title.”

Head of Audi Motorsport Dieter Gass concluded: “We gathered very positive experiences in the World RX last year and are convinced of the series’ growth. In the medium run, we hope to see electric cars being fielded in this racing series because electrification is a focus topic at Audi also in motorsport.”

Round one of the 2018 World RX season will kick off in Barcelona (14-15 April).
18-01-31 EKS Audi Sport to attack in World RX with Bakkerud and Ekström
Audi remains committed to rallycross in the 2018 season. The Ingolstadt-based brand will continue to provide factory support to Mattias Ekström’s project. Under its new name, EKS Audi Sport, the team will compete in the FIA World Rallycross Championship (World RX) with two newly prepared Audi S1 EKS RX quattro cars. Andreas Bakkerud, one of the most successful rallycross campaigners, is joining team principal and driver Ekström on the grid in the second car.

Looking at the new season, long-standing Audi factory driver Mattias Ekström is full of zest for action: “With support from Audi we’re able to go for all-out attack,” says the Swede. “Our aim for 2018 is clear: We’re battling for the drivers’ and teams’ world championship titles.” In the 2016 season, EKS had been successful in the Audi S1 EKS RX quattro, having clinched both titles. Last year, Ekström had to settle for finishing the World RX season as runner-up. EKS placed third in the teams’ championship. “It was clear that we needed to make some changes. That’s why we’re preparing two new cars and putting the competition from Volkswagen and Peugeot in their place.”

Norwegian Andreas Bakkerud is joining Ekström in the battle for trophies and titles. The 26-year-old ranks among the world’s best rallycross drivers. He has contested all 49 rounds in World RX history, claiming 18 podium finishes and six race wins. In the 2016 season, he placed third in the drivers’ championship – trailing Ekström and the reigning World RX Champion Johan Kristoffersson. “It’s a great honor for me to be driving in Mattias’ team. We’ve had good rapport with each other for many years and I’ve been closely following the development of EKS. Together with the team I’d now like to make the next step in my career and be in contention for the title.”

Head of Audi Motorsport Dieter Gass is delighted about the continuation of the commitment as well: “We gathered very positive experiences in the World RX last year and are convinced of the series’ growth potential. In the medium run, we hope to see electric cars being fielded in this racing series because electrification is a focus topic at Audi also in motorsport.”
2018 EKS Audi Sport driver profiles

Mattias Ekström (S)
Date of birth: July 14, 1978
Place of birth: Falun (S)
Residence: Munich (D)
Marital status: single (partner Heidi), one son (Mats), one daughter (Hanna)
Height/weight: 1.83 m/79 kg
Motorsport since: 1993 (Audi driver since 1999)
Hobbies: cross-country skiing, jogging, tennis, skiing

Andreas Bakkerud (N)
Date of birth: October 10, 1991
Place of birth: Bergen (N)
Residence: Bergen (N)
Marital status: single (partner Cathrine)
Height/weight: 1.80 m/72 kg
Motorsport since: 1999
Hobbies: karting, endurance training, kickboxing, skiing

EKS Audi Sport driver statistics in the World RX*
18-01-30 British and GRC Champions enhance RallyX on Ice entry
Brits Nathan Heathcote and Oliver Bennett join all-star line-up. Former GRC king Joni Wiman ready to test his mettle. Tickets for opening round on sale for just SEK 100 on the gate
The reigning MSA British Rallycross Champion and a former Global Rallycross Champion are the latest additions to the star-studded RallyX on Ice entry list – with the opening round at Östersund in Sweden now just a few short days away.

Nathan Heathcote – who last year clinched the crown in Britain’s headlining Supercar class at his first attempt – has thrown his hat into the ring in the Supercar Lites field and will make his debut in round two at Höljes, venue for the FIA World Rallycross Championship outing in the summer.

Amongst the 20-year-old’s rivals will be World RX Supercar race-winner Kevin Eriksson, 2017 RX2 International Series presented by Cooper Tires Champion Cyril Raymond, erstwhile FIA European Rallycross Champion Robin Larsson, 2015 GRC Lites Champion Oliver Eriksson and upcoming American aces Austin Cindric, Cole Keatts and Conner Martell. Later in the campaign, he will even have the chance to go wheel-to-wheel with Verizon IndyCar Series heroes Josef Newgarden and Hélio Castroneves.

The newly-unveiled RX Academy entry list features ten protagonists, all of whom will pilot identical, factory-built Renault Clio RS RX cars and some of whom need little introduction. Joni Wiman is a former GRC Champion and X Games gold medallist, Simon Syversen is a regular front-runner in RX2, Oliver Solberg – the teenage son of motorsport hero Petter Solberg – lifted the runner-up laurels in RallyX Nordic last season and namesake Oliver Bennett finished third in the British Championship.

Add to that the likes of Timmy and Kevin Hansen and Niclas Grönholm in Speedcar Xtreme – for potent, 180km/h crosskarts – and the scene is set for a magnificent display of ice driving prowess and spectacular sideways action, with a total of 49 drivers across the three classes (24 Supercar Lites, 10 RX Academy and 15 Speedcar Xtreme), representing no fewer than 11 different nations.

Tickets for the curtain-raiser at Östersunds Motorstadion this Saturday (3 February) can be purchased on-site for SEK 100 (cash only), with gates opening at 08h30 and the racing getting underway at 09h00.

2018 RallyX on Ice Calendar
February 3 Östersund, Sweden
February 10 Höljes, Sweden
February 25 Ål, Norway
March 3 Gol, Norway

Supercar Lites Entry List
DRIVER NATIONALITY CAR NUMBER EVENT(S)
Josef NEWGARDEN USA 2 ÅL
Hélio CASTRONEVES BRA 3 GOL
Robin LARSSON SWE 4 ALL
Mats OSKARSSON SWE 11 ALL
Anders MICHALAK SWE 12 ÖST, HÖL
Cyril RAYMOND FRA 13 ALL
Oliver ERIKSSON SWE 16 ALL
Hampus RÅDSTRÖM SWE 17 ALL
Ben-Philip GUNDERSEN NOR 20 ALL
Conner MARTELL USA 21 ALL
Austin CINDRIC USA 22 ÖST, HÖL
Pelle WILÉN SWE 23 ALL
Petter LEIRHOL NOR 27 ALL
Alexander WESTLUND SWE 47 ALL
Nathan HEATHCOTE GBR 50 HÖL, ÅL, GOL
Cole KEATTS USA 53 ALL
Vasiliy GRYAZIN LVA 55 ALL
Jami KALLIOMÄKI FIN 65 ALL
Sondre EVJEN NOR 69 ALL
Alexander LIE NOR 85 ALL
Troy DOWEL AUS 87 ALL
Jimmie WALFRIDSSON SWE 90 ALL
Jonathan WALFRIDSSON SWE 91 ALL
Kevin ERIKSSON SWE 96 ALL

RX Academy on Ice Entry List
DRIVER NATIONALITY CAR NUMBER
Simon SYVERSEN NOR 8
Oliver SOLBERG NOR 11
Sami-Matti TROGEN FIN 22
Marko MURU EST 27
Joni WIMAN FIN 31
Oliver BENNETT GBR 42
Jesse KALLIO FIN 47
Isak REIERSEN SWE 70
Jimi KALLIOMÄKI FIN 95
Marat KNYAZEV RUS 96

Speedcar Xtreme Entry List
DRIVER NATIONALITY CAR NUMBER
Aleksander WIIK NOR 1
Isac EGONSSON SWE 5
Jimmie ÖSTERBERG SWE 11
Linus ÖSTLUND SWE 12
Nils ANDERSSON SWE 14
Timmy HANSEN SWE 21
Micke GÖTHESSON SWE 34
Finn Erik LØBERG NOR 35
Arne WIIK NOR 55
Niclas GRÖNHOLM FIN 68
Kevin HANSEN SWE 71
Ruve VESKI EST 88
Ole Henry STEINSHOLT NOR 89
Jonathan ESKILSSON SWE 90
Peter LUNDMARK SWE 92

18-01-22 Stars from IndyCar, World Rallycross and GRC headline glittering RallyX on Ice entry list
•IndyCar heroes Newgarden and Castroneves confirmed for ice racing spectacle
•Five World RX and two GRC drivers form part of impressively high-calibre entry
•Bumper grids revealed as excitement builds for Scandinavian winter warm-up

Leading lights from the Verizon IndyCar Series, FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy and Red Bull Global Rallycross will be Scandinavia-bound over the course of the next six weeks, to battle it out for glory in RallyX on Ice.

RallyX on Ice is 2018’s unmissable winter warm-up ahead of the main motorsport season, with three classes all counting capacity grids – clear evidence of the level of hype and excitement surrounding the eagerly-anticipated rallycross series.

The competitor list features superstars from the pinnacle of both US open-wheel racing and international rallycross competition, who will test their mettle against the crème de la crème of homegrown heroes across four snow-blanketed showdowns – two in Sweden followed by a further two in Norway.

Reigning INDYCAR Champion Josef Newgarden and three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Hélio Castroneves top the star-studded entry. The pair, who compete for legendary motorsport organisation Team Penske in INDYCAR and IMSA respectively, will each contest a single round of the headlining Supercar Lites class for identical 310bhp, four-wheel-drive machinery – the American at Ål in Norway and his Brazilian stablemate in the series finale at new-built Norwegian track Gol.

“I’m really excited and anxious to participate in the RallyX on Ice series,” revealed Newgarden. “I’ve had the opportunity to drive a lot of different types of race car on a lot of different types of track all around the world, but I’ve never done anything quite like this.

“I’ve been able to see some videos and pictures and it looks like a lot of fun, but also quite challenging. It will help to bring out our pure driving skills, for sure. I look forward to the challenge and hope I can represent Team Penske and IndyCar well.”

“When the opportunity was presented to me to race a rallycross car on ice, I jumped at it,” added Castroneves. “I’ve never raced a rallycross car like this and I’ve never raced on ice, so it will be a learning experience for me.

“It blows me away to think about racing a car with spikes in the tyres. I’m looking forward to just taking it all in and going out there and doing the best I can. I can honestly say this will help me to complete my motorsport résumé one day.”

Versatile upcoming American ace Austin Cindric will climb into the cockpit for the opening two rounds at Östersund and Höljes in Sweden in early February, while the US contingent will be swelled by the presence of rallycross regulars Cole Keatts and Conner Martell. All of them are revving up to go doorhandle-to-doorhandle with some of the biggest names in the discipline.

FIA World Rallycross Championship Supercar star Kevin Eriksson, 2017 RX2 International Series presented by Cooper Tires Champion Cyril Raymond, former FIA European Rallycross Champion Robin Larsson and 2015 GRC Lites Champion Oliver Eriksson are all due to tackle all four events. They will surely provide the very sternest of tests for the high-profile ‘visitors’ – as will the raft of local specialists in the 23-strong field, composed of no fewer than eight different nationalities.

“It’s fantastic to be racing in RallyX on Ice as well as being back in Supercar Lites, where I got my breakthrough a couple of years ago,” reflected Kevin Eriksson. “It’s a very competitive series and will be a great start to my year, getting up-to-speed and back into race mode before World RX begins. I’m looking forward to the challenge and hope to make the most of it.”

The supporting Speedcar Xtreme series – for potent, 180km/h crosskarts – boasts a similarly eye-catching line-up, with 15 entries, three of whom are regular FIA World RX Supercar protagonists. Team Peugeot-Hansen team-mates Timmy and Kevin Hansen and Niclas Grönholm – son of FIA World Rally Championship legend Marcus Grönholm – will pit themselves against a whole crop of promising young guns all eyeing a future at the sport’s highest level.

“I’m really looking forward to racing the Speedcar Xtreme crosskart on ice!” said Timmy Hansen. “It’s an awesome piece of kit and I hope to have a lot of fun in it. There will be plenty of talented young guys out there, so I'm looking forward to the challenge!”

Indeed, the benchmark for Hansen and co. will be teenage prodigy Linus Östlund, who is the reigning Swedish Champion in the class – giving all of his adversaries a target to aim at.

Fellow support series the RX Academy on Ice will reveal its own entry list in due course, with drivers from at least five different countries set to take to the wheel of identical, factory-built Renault Clio RS RX cars, run by multiple European Rallycross Champions SET Promotion.

The RX Academy was established in 2017 to give aspiring world champions of the future a professional platform to begin their careers, and the winter series has been devised to allow drivers to gain valuable experience in preparation for the main summer rallycross season.

“To be able to unveil not only such healthy grids but also such an impressive depth of quality throughout the field for RallyX on Ice’s inaugural campaign is extremely satisfying, and underscores just how much this exciting new initiative has captured the imagination,” enthused Olsbergs MSE CEO Andreas Eriksson, the man behind the RallyX on Ice concept.

“Josef and Hélio need no introduction – they are both world-class drivers with first-rate résumés – while Austin is one of American motorsport’s fastest-rising young prospects and we are eager to see what they can all achieve in a rallycross car on ice. We are also immensely grateful to Team Penske for supporting their desire to compete.

“They will be up against some of the finest rallycross drivers of the current generation, and to have five full-time World RX Supercar stars and a couple more from GRC across the three classes makes for a quite phenomenal line-up. It might be cold in Sweden and Norway at this time of year, but I can guarantee the action on-track will be red-hot!”

2018 RallyX on Ice Calendar
February 3 Östersund, Sweden
February 10 Höljes, Sweden
February 25 Ål, Norway
March 3 Gol, Norway

Supercar Lites Entry List
DRIVER NATIONALITY CAR NUMBER EVENT(S)
Josef NEWGARDEN USA 2 ÅL
Hélio CASTRONEVES BRA 3 GOL
Robin LARSSON SWE 4 ALL
Mats OSKARSSON SWE 11 ALL
Anders MICHALAK SWE 12 ÖST, HÖL
Cyril RAYMOND FRA 13 ALL
Oliver ERIKSSON SWE 16 ALL
Hampus RÅDSTRÖM SWE 17 ALL
Ben-Philip GUNDERSEN NOR 20 ALL
Conner MARTELL USA 21 ALL
Austin CINDRIC USA 22 ÖST, HÖL
Pelle WILÉN SWE 23 ALL
Petter LEIRHOL NOR 27 ALL
Alexander WESTLUND SWE 47 ALL
Cole KEATTS USA 53 ALL
Vasiliy GRYAZIN LVA 55 ALL
Jami KALLIOMÄKI FIN 65 ALL
Sondre EVJEN NOR 69 ALL
Alexander LIE NOR 85 ALL
Troy DOWEL AUS 87 ALL
Jimmie WALFRIDSSON SWE 90 ALL
Jonathan WALFRIDSSON SWE 91 ALL
Kevin ERIKSSON SWE 96 ALL

Speedcar Xtreme Entry List
DRIVER NATIONALITY CAR NUMBER
Aleksander WIIK NOR 1
Isac EGONSSON SWE 5
Jimmie ÖSTERBERG SWE 11
Linus ÖSTLUND SWE 12
Nils ANDERSSON SWE 14
Timmy HANSEN SWE 21
Micke GÖTHESSON SWE 34
Finn Erik LØBERG NOR 35
Arne WIIK NOR 55
Niclas GRÖNHOLM FIN 68
Kevin HANSEN SWE 71
Ruve VESKI EST 88
Ole Henry STEINSHOLT NOR 89
Jonathan ESKILSSON SWE 90
Peter LUNDMARK SWE 92


18-01-21 William Nilsson Årets Junior – vann folkets röster i Bilsport Award 2017
Under säsongen segrade rallycrossföraren William Nilsson i RallyX Nordic och blev svensk mästare i klassen Supercar Lites. I går utseddes han till Årets Junior.
– Det här känns riktigt, riktigt grymt, säger den 18-årige Tomelillapågen.

Under vintern utsedde en jury William Nilsson till Årets Rallycrossjunior. Sedan var det upp till det svenska folket att, bland de fem kategorierna, rösta fram en motorsportare till Årets Junior. Under prisceremonin berättade de att det varit en jämn tävling, men att en person dragit iväg senaste dagarna. Den personen var skånske William Nilsson.
– Jag trodde faktiskt inte att det skulle räcka hela vägen. Det här känns riktigt, riktigt grymt! Jag har varit på Bilsportgalan i många år nu och sett upp till de tidigare pristagarna. Nu har jag själv kommit så långt att jag fått det här priset. Det känns fantastiskt, säger Nilsson.
William Nilsson är den andra rallycrossföraren någonsin som utses till Årets Junior.
– Just att det är svenska folket som röstat känns stort. Det innebär att de tycker jag är värd utmärkelsen och jag är verkligen så tacksam över det. Jag vill också passa på att tacka alla som hjälpt mig under åren, allt från team och sponsorer till vänner och familj. Utan er hade inte mina prestationer varit möjliga från första början. Och tack ännu en gång alla som röstat på mig!

Priset utdelas varje år av tidningen Bilsport och vinnarna presenterades under Bilsportgalan 2018, som anordnas av Svenska Bilsportförbundet. Utmärkelsen Årets Senior gick till rallyföraren Pontus Tidemand och hans co-driver Jonas Andersson. Mer info om Bilsport Award finns här!
18-01-14 William Nilsson laddar upp inför säsongen – med landslagsläger på Gran Canaria
Rallycrossföraren William Nilsson laddar upp inför 2018 års säsong tillsammans med landslaget.
– Det har verkligen varit guld värt, säger Tomelillapågen.

I höstas segrade skånske William Nilsson i både RallyX Nordic och det svenska mästerskapet i Supercar Lites. Snart är det dags för en ny säsong och för att hålla igång under uppehållet åkte Nilsson på ett träningsläger med svenska landslaget. Det var 10-14 januari som han, tillsammans med 12 andra förare, befann sig på Gran Canaria för ett par intensiva träningsdagar. På schemat var det löpturer, styrkepass och en fyra mil lång mountainbiketur i bergen. Det har även blivit flera timmar i olika fordon på banan Circuit Maspalomas. Körningen skedde i högerstyrda Mazda MX-5 samt Polo Cup-bilar.
– Eftersom det är riktiga racingbilar har vi kunnat gasa på samma sätt som i våra egna tävlingsbilar. I vanliga fall har man sin egen körstil som man testar utifrån. Men eftersom vi är så många förare, med olika sätt att köra, har vi lärt varandra nya körstilar. Det har verkligen varit guld värt, konstaterar Nilsson.
Han fortsätter:
– Hela upplägget har varit väldigt bra, dels eftersom vi alltid är två förare i bilen. Vi kommer från helt olika motorsporter och har därför kunnat diskutera med varandra att man kan köra riktigt snabbt på flera olika sätt. Sånt är givande och mycket av det tar jag med mig till banan.
Landslagsförarna återvänder på söndagen till Stockholm för att på måndagen närvara under SBFs presskonferens där årets landslagsförare presenteras. Därefter beger sig gänget till Idrottsgalan.
– Det blir ett roligt avslut på en skitkul helg helt enkelt.
18-01-11 Mark Higgins confirmed for Albatec with NCME rallycross programme
Albatec Racing has confirmed triple British Rally Champion Mark Higgins for at least the opening two rounds of the 2018 Toyo Tires MSA British Rallycross Championship in the Albatec with NCME Peugeot 208 RX Supercar.

Albatec and the National Centre for Motorsport Engineering (NCME) have announced a collaborative partnership that aims to provide career development opportunities for the next generation of motorsport engineers. The collaboration will see NCME and Albatec work together in partnership to provide an unrivalled experience for students studying Motorsport and Automotive Performance Engineering at the University of Bolton, both in class and on-event.

Higgins will work with the students from NCME and the Albatec team when he makes his rallycross debut in the opening round of British RX at Silverstone on 17 March. The Manxman, who now lives in Powys, Wales has plenty of supercar experience under his belt; he’s the fastest man on four wheels around the iconic Isle of Man TT Mountain Course and the stunt driver for Daniel Craig’s last three James Bond films, among others.

In March, he swaps 007’s Aston Martin DB10 for Albatec’s 600bhp turbocharged Peugeot 208 RX Supercar for testing ahead of the season opener in Northamptonshire, and will also compete in round two at the spiritual home of rallycross, Lydden Hill, Kent, in April. No stranger to rallycross, Higgins has already driven an RX150 buggy taking victory in the B Final at Pembrey back in 2009, and is relishing the prospect of making his Supercar debut in British RX while plans are afoot to extend that to Silverstone’s FIA World Rallycross Championship round in May.

Andy Scott, Team Principal Albatec Racing:
“We’re excited to have Mark join our programme. Albatec has a reputation for running high-calibre drivers, both on events and in testing, and it’s always an absolute pleasure working with such professional drivers. Mark comes with a fantastic pedigree of three British rally titles and numerous China Rally victories under his belt, so there is no doubt about his ability and speed. But, as Petter (Solberg) and Sebastien (Loeb) can verify, adapting from rally to rallycross can take some time, so we need to get him up to speed on the intricacies of the Peugeot 208 RX Supercar and the sport.

“It’s particularly good to bring him into the British Rallycross Championship which is steadily increasing in stature, in parallel with the FIA and European World Rallycross Championships. Having Mark on board will help his path of development in rallycross and will lift the profile of BRX further. We have managed to secure the budget for Mark to contest the opening two rounds of British RX, and are currently working hard to ensure he can complete the entire season. We are also working towards securing the budget for him to compete at the UK’s only round of World RX, SpeedMachine at Silverstone on 26 & 27 May.”

Dr. Mark Busfield, Director, National Centre for Motorsport Engineering:
“I’m really excited with this opportunity to include Mark as our driver for this wonderful programme. Mark brings a wealth of experience and his proven expertise gives us a great opportunity in the British Rallycross Championship.

“I last worked with Mark in the year 2000 when he was our lead driver in the Vauxhall Rally project that I was Project Manager for; starting this relationship again rekindles some excellent memories, and I see Mark as focused now as he was back then. Mark will also add valuable technical input to the car development helping Andy in his FIA European Rallycross programme.”

Mark Higgins, Albatec Racing driver:
“This is a really great opportunity and one that I’m very excited about. I’d been talking to Andy and Albatec for a while about having a test but our diaries kept clashing. They’re a great team, probably the premier team in the UK with a proven, successful car and at this stage in my life I’ve learnt there’s only one way to do something, and that’s properly. The personnel involved with the project, like Andy Scott and Mark Busfield means we start from a strong position but I’m also excited about helping to develop the car not just for the British series but European and World Championships too.

“Having the NCME at University of Bolton on board is great, the entire project just seemed to tick all the right boxes. It’s a very exciting programme from every aspect and one that we can really get our teeth into. I’ve spent a lot of time testing cars for manufacturers, and working with the students to develop the Peugeot is one of the elements I’m looking forward to the most. The car is already at a very good level, so working with the students will be really exciting to see if we can get the march on the other teams. I’ve really missed rallying in Britain, so I’m very pleased to be competing in the UK again in an environment where hopefully a lot of people can support us. The competition is fierce in British RX, they go in pretty hard, and I’m not going into it too confidently, but I’m certainly not going there just to make up the numbers.”

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