|VM-kalender 2020||Rallycross-SM 2020|
|RallyX Nordic 2020||Supercupen i Rallycross2020|
|Titans RX 2020||RallyX On ICe 2020|
20-02-19 Oskarsson reveals full season of RallyX plans for 2020
One of Nordics elder statesmen prepares for 2020 season
Finnskogbanen podium still fresh in the Swedes mind
43-year-old looks ahead to first RallyX on Ice appearance
Mats Oskarsson is the latest driver to throw his hat into the ring for RallyX Nordic presented by Cooper Tires this year, as the Swede prepares for another season in the Supercar Lites category.
The 43-year-old enjoyed an encouraging 2019 campaign, recording his best Nordic weekend to-date an excellent second place in the final at Finnskogbanen, Norway en route to ninth in the overall standings.
Meanwhile, a guest round in the RX2 International Series presented by Cooper Tires at Höljes saw Oskarsson finish fourth in his semi-final, narrowly missing out on a spot in the final in a fiercely competitive field of 21 drivers.
RallyX on Ice is also on the Swedes agenda this year as he is signed up to compete in the single-day winter contest in Luleå as part of SM-veckan.
We had some great results last year, commented Oskarsson. Standing alongside Linus [Östlund] and Anders [Michalak] on the podium at Finnskogbanen was of course the highlight for me that was the result of a lot of hard work paying off.
Were back in 2020 for another season in Supercar Lites, which Im really looking forward to, as well as my first outing at RallyX on Ice which is going to be really exciting and very different to what Im used to.
The Supercar Lites class is always hugely competitive, so Im expecting a real challenge from the other drivers on the grid, both at RallyX on Ice and in RallyX Nordic. I cant wait to get started!
20-02-18 Support class in 2020: ALL-INKL.COM TitansRX Supercar Cup
TitansRX and ALL-INKL.COM have teamed up to create a brand-new rallycross competition - The ALL-INKL.COM TitansRX Supercar Cup - which will form the support class for the 2020 season.
The ALL-INKL.COM TitansRX Supercar Cup will hold 10 rounds as double header weekends across five events. A winner will be crowned at the end of each round and the season-closing Grand Finale will have double points.
TitansRX CEO Max Pucher expressed his excitement at teaming up with ALL-INKL.COM to bring Supercars to TitansRX: We welcome our brand partner ALL-INKL.COM for the TitansRX Supercar Cup 2020. I am so pleased to come true on our promise to offer more racing for FIA Supercars as well. We had two very exciting rounds of Supercar Racing at TitansRX as support class in 2019 and the fans enjoyed the combination of seeing both racing series on both race days immensely.
Pucher added: The Supercar racing will be very affordable due to the support of ALL-INKL.COM."
ALL-INKL.COM will give a Hoosier tire package of ten tyres to the first ten cars signing up for the whole season. The remaining Hoosier rallycross tyres will be supplied at affordable prices.
Im happy to support this new competition," affirmed René Münnich, ALL-INKL.COM CEO and Supercar driver.
"I believe that with the new ALL-INKL.COM TitansRX Supercar Cup, we can provide a real valuable asset to the 2020 international Rallycross calendar. The ALL-INKL.COM TitansRX Supercar Cup offers a cost-effective championship on very interesting pure Rallycross tracks in Europe within the frame of the TitansRX race weekend. Im looking forward to an interesting season and I wish all participants best of luck and fun for 2020."
Each Supercar Cup round will have three qualifying sessions. Position Points are awarded for each race result and Time Points are given for the fastest overall time - together they add up to the overall qualifying result. This way drivers have to overtake more if they want better points, and weather and track conditions become less important. The best 12 drivers will compete in two semi-finals, and the top six will battle it out in the final.
Similar to TitansRX, drivers get cup points at the end of each round based on their overall standing after the final.
Qualifying sessions will comprise of five laps, semi-finals have six laps and finals have seven laps. Supercars have to take one joker lap. Penalties are enforced with an extra joker lap (a penalty lap). Screens on track will inform drivers if they need to take a penalty lap.
The TitansRX support class will feature at five events during the 2020 TitansRX calendar.
Round 1 & 2 - MJP Arena - April 25 / 26
Round 3 & 4 - Nyirád - May 23 / 24
Round 5 & 6 - Circuit de Ducs - July 11 / 12
Round 7 & 8 - Estering - Sept 12 / 13
Round 9 & 10 - Grand Finale - Nyirád - October 3 / 4
20-02-17Aneklev targeting podiums with Olsbergs MSE in 2020
Swedish star prepares for expanded rallycross schedule
28-year-old aiming to build on first season of four-wheeled racing
Olsbergs MSE ace primed to make RallyX on Ice debut
Yet another name has been added to RallyX Nordic presented by Cooper Tires bumper crop of Supercar Lites stars in 2020, with Niklas Aneklev confirming his return to the series following a promising maiden campaign of four-wheeled competition last year.
Having previously raced motorcycles, Aneklev switched to cars in 2019 and made an immediate impression on the RallyX Nordic paddock, reaching the final in only the fourth round of the championship in Latvia before an unfortunate roll three corners shy of the chequered flag took him out of contention.
The 28-year-old went on to announce his presence on the world stage later in the year during the RX2 International Series presented by Cooper Tires finale in South Africa, impressively posting the fifth-fastest time in Q4 quite an achievement given the calibre of drivers in the field.
Now, Aneklev is expanding his schedule in 2020 to include RallyX on Ice his first appearance at the spectacular winter event a full season of RallyX Nordic and two rounds of RX2 at Hell and Höljes in the summer.
Last season was really good for me, enthused the Swede. It was my first time at every track, so hopefully I will be stronger in 2020 for the experience I gained on those circuits. It was great to be part of such an amazing team as well OMSE is like a big family and they gave me loads of advice, so Im really happy to be back with them again this year. I learned a lot in 2019, but I still need to work on driving smoothly to get faster and produce more consistent lap times.
It was fantastic to race with the RX2 guys in South Africa, competing alongside world-class drivers. We had some great results in the qualifying races particularly in Q4 but unfortunately, the driveshaft failed in the semi-final which was a big shame for us.
Im excited to be involved in RallyX on Ice this season. Its a great event. Ill be pushing for a podium there but itll be a strong field of drivers, so Ill do what I can and push all the way for my sponsors.
Im working hard to be on the podium in RallyX Nordic this season, too. Were hoping to be stronger at all of the tracks. The grid is looking really competitive so weve been putting a lot of hard work in over the winter, and now I cant wait to be back racing again!
20-02-14 Flying Finn Kallio 'fired-up' for second season of RX2
Last seasons star rookie returns for 2020 with title in his sights
Flying Finn ready to bounce back from luckless 2019 finale
OMSE ace predicts exceptionally high calibre of competition
Jesse Kallio one of the undisputed revelations of the 2019 RX2 International Series presented by Cooper Tires will return for a second season in the official FIA World Rallycross Championship feeder series this year with title glory firmly on his agenda.
Fresh off the back of a race-winning campaign in FIA Euro RXs Super1600 class, Kallio shot out-of-the-blocks in RX2 last year, racing to five consecutive podium finishes with Olsbergs MSE and very nearly winning round three at Spa-Francorchamps, with only a slightly hesitant start in the final denying the Finn victory.
Kallio looked set to finish second in the standings behind OMSE team-mate Oliver Eriksson, until cruel misfortune in the South African season finale in the shape of electrical issues that ruled him out of two of the four qualifying races dropped him to third. As he looks back, however, he does so with justifiable pride in his achievements.
My rookie season in RX2 was amazing, he affirmed. The series, car and team were all completely new to me and it was my first time running with four wheel-drive and I finished on the podium first time out! That was incredible, particularly given how competitive the series is and how many fast drivers there were in the field with much more experience than me in Supercar Lites machinery it was really rewarding to be able to take the fight to them.
By the time we got to Spa, I was challenging for victory, which was way more than I had been hoping for. I hadnt expected to be pushing for the podium until later in the season, but we were up there right from the start.
It was obviously a difficult end to the year. We were well on-course to clinch second in the championship, but that was taken away from us through no fault of our own. That gives me a lot of motivation for the new season, and Im feeling really fired-up and hungrier than ever to come out fighting for victory.
Kallio will unquestionably head into the forthcoming campaign as one of the title favourites, and he hopes his prior experience of competing at Montalegre a track that will be new to many of his rivals allied to his dry run at Höljes during the RallyX Nordic curtain-raiser in May and his ongoing partnership with OMSE will pay dividends in what he predicts to be a fiercely competitive season.
The calibre of the competition looks set to be exceptionally high again perhaps even more so than last year and that means consistency will be key in the championship battle, the 20-year-old asserted. The continuity with OMSE is definitely an advantage in that respect. They have so much experience in the sport, and we established a very strong relationship last year so Im really excited to work with all the guys again.
Montalegre is a tricky circuit to get to grips with, so its good to have some prior knowledge of it that will hopefully play in my favour and Im looking forward to going to the Nürburgring, too. We dont yet know what the rallycross track will look like, but its always fun to discover new venues especially one with so much history behind it.
In a single-spec series like RX2, the racing is always extremely close but my goal for this year is clearly to win the title and Im confident that with OMSE, I have everything I need to mount a very solid challenge.
20-02-13 Supercar Lites grid continues to grow as Haug joins list of entrants
Norwegian set for full campaign of Supercar Lites competition
Haug hoping prior track knowledge will be a boost in 2020
34-year-old adds brace of RX2 outings to his season schedule
Lars Erik Haug has become the latest driver to sign up for RallyX Nordic presented by Cooper Tires Supercar Lites category in 2020, as the Norwegian joins a fast-growing grid in the ultra-popular single-make class.
Having raced in RallyX on Ice, RallyX Nordic and the RX2 International Series last season, Haug is no stranger to Supercar Lites machinery. Reaching the semi-final three times from five starts in 2019, he concluded the campaign placed 15th in the championship standings and added to that with a one-off appearance in RX2 at Höljes in the summer, highlighted by the 14th-fastest time in Q3 amongst the 21 high-calibre competitors.
This year, Haug will return for a full season in RallyX Nordic, as well as two guest rounds of in RX2 in Norway and Sweden. With the 2020 Nordic calendar largely visiting the same venues as last year, the 34-year-old hopes his ever-increasing track knowledge will be of immense benefit as he goes toe-to-toe with the sports rising stars.
Im really excited to be coming back for another season of RallyX Nordic, enthused Haug, who first began competing in the discipline in 2005. I had a great time last season meeting lots of new people and going to new tracks and of course, the racing was seriously competitive!
I learned a lot in 2019 and were going to many of the same circuits this year, so we should be really well-prepared. The drivers who have already announced theyre entering the Supercar Lites class are all really quick, so it will be challenging but Im sure it will be another great season!
20-02-11 RallyX on Ice to mark Oliver Eriksson's Supercar Lites swansong
Ultra-successful Swede to bring curtain down on Lites career
21-year-old targeting Sm-veckan glory in final class appearance
Kallio and Enlund to partner Eriksson in Olsbergs MSE line-up
Reigning RX2 Champion set to announce 2020 plans shortly
Oliver Eriksson will make his final start in Supercar Lites machinery in next months RallyX on Ice presented by Cooper Tires festival (28 March), as the most successful driver in Lites history prepares for pastures new in 2020.
Over the past four years, Eriksson has rewritten the record books in rallycross most popular single-make class and delivered on every surface, racing to two championship crowns and eight victories from 14 outings in the RX2 International Series and five wins, 14 podiums and another title in GRC Lites. The Swede has form in RallyX on Ice, too, powering to the drivers trophy courtesy of a brace of triumphs in 2018 and adding another win to his tally last year.
This year, RallyX on Ice will form part of SM-veckan Swedens multi-sport Winter Olympics on a purpose-built track on the frozen Lule River, right in the heart of Luleå, the capital of Norrbotten County on Swedens northern coast. As he revs up for his Supercar Lites swansong, the 21-year-old is fired-up to sign off in style.
Im super pumped for RallyX on Ice, said Eriksson. Its always a great event to kick-start the rallycross season, and being part of SM-veckan guarantees a sky-high profile and a big crowd. Driving on ice requires a different approach, but its a challenge I relish and after things didnt quite go to plan last year, Im determined to regain my crown!
Its strange to think this will be my last appearance in Supercar Lites. I have to say, its been a hell of a ride and far more than I could ever have expected! Ive learned so much along the way, and in terms of preparing drivers to step up to Supercar level, you honestly couldnt ask for anything better. As a single-spec category, the racing is always extremely close and that really teaches you to focus on the finer margins and the last few hundredths and thousandths-of-a-second that make all the difference in rallycross.
You only have to look at the names of some of the drivers that have used it as a springboard to Supercars Kevin Hansen, Cyril Raymond and my brother Kevin Eriksson to name just a few to appreciate Supercar Lites success, and now its time for me to step up and move on as well. We came within a point of winning the Supercar title in RallyX Nordic last year, and Im looking forward to announcing my 2020 plans shortly. Watch this space...
Eriksson will contest the annual winter warm-up with Olsbergs MSE, where he will be joined by new boy Martin Enlund and Jesse Kallio, who won the RallyX on Ice title in the RX Academy class on a tie-break in 2018. The Finn pushed Eriksson hard throughout his maiden campaign in Supercar Lites in RX2 last year, and he is palpably excited for his first competitive outing of 2020.
Its been a long winter with not so much driving, so it will be good to get back behind the wheel and dust off the cobwebs on the ice! he acknowledged. Being a single-day event, theres no need to play the percentages or play it safe it will be flat-out from start to finish and I can promise there will be no prisoners taken. Its always fun to perform in front of big crowds, which Im sure will be the case at SM-veckan. Have no doubt were going to put on one hell of a show!
Kallio will similarly return to the track in RallyX Nordic this year, as he aims to maintain his 100 per cent winning record in the Scandinavian series. The 20-year-old has only entered one Nordic event to-date, and he will be targeting a repeat of his scene-stealing victory at Kouvola last summer in 2020s curtain-raising double-header at Höljes on 22-24 May.
I had a great debut in RallyX Nordic on home soil last year, so Im looking forward to returning to the series this season and where better than at Höljes, he enthused. Its a classic rallycross track one of the truly legendary circuits in the sport and one of my favourites on the calendar. Its just a fantastic place to race!
The field is already shaping up to be ultra-competitive with a lot of very fast drivers and Scandinavian specialists, so Ill need to ensure Im absolutely on top of my game but Im more than ready for the fight!
Run in conjunction with the Swedish Automobile Sports Federation, Svensk Bilsport, RallyX on Ice will be preceded by official test days and will feature three competitions for Supercar Lites, Supernational and CrossCar/Crosskart. All entrants will be eligible to win the coveted RallyX on Ice titles, while the Swedish Championship crowns will be contested between drivers in possession of a Swedish licence.
20-02-07 Olofsson back for another bite at Supercar Lites cherry
Popular Supercar Lites class grid continues to grow
Multiple podiums the target for speedy Swede
Former series runner-up predicts ultra-competitive field
Simon Olofsson will return to the RallyX Nordic presented by Cooper Tires paddock in 2020, as he bids to build upon a promising 2019 campaign in the series Supercar Lites class that yielded fourth place in the overall standings.
Olofssons raw speed was very much in evidence in RallyX Nordic last year, highlighted by a pair of second-place finishes at Höljes and Kouvola with STS RX and three other final appearances but there were frustrations, too, as the 24-year-old failed to reach the last six in consecutive rounds in Latvia and Norway.
This season, the Swede is aiming to accentuate the positives and is targeting plenty more silverware and champagne although he is under no illusions that the calibre of the competition in the popular Supercar Lites category is likely to be tougher than ever.
Im really looking forward to the new season of RallyX Nordic, enthused the 2016 Swedish Supercar Lites Champion and RallyX Nordic championship runner-up. We had some great racing last year, so Im sure 2020 will be no different.
The team and I had good pace all season in 2019. We had some good races and some bad races. Obviously the two podiums were amazing, so were aiming for more of the same and to build upon the experience we gained last year.
The calendar is looking great this season, and the Supercar Lites class is always super-competitive. Im expecting it to be even more so this year so well need to be fast, but of course we always want to have fun as well!
20-02-04 Jonsson returns for full-season of Supercar Lites and RallyX on Ice
Jonsson announces eight-round campaign
We are more experienced and ready for the challenge.
RallyX on Ice also part of 2020 schedule with Alfta Racing Team
After two guest rounds of RallyX Nordic presented by Cooper Tires in 2019, Martin Jonsson will be returning to the championship for a full campaign of racing alongside a RallyX on Ice entry.
Jonsson utilised his time in the Supercar Lites class wisely during the Höljes and Tierp weekends of 2019, acclimatising himself to the series and its ultra-competitive line-up of drivers.
The Swede has firmly set his sights on the sharp end of the grid with the goal of breaking into the top ten by the end of the season.
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We debuted in the Supercar Lites class back in 2018 during SM-Veckan in Skellefteå, Jonsson reflected. Now two years later in 2020, we are more experienced and ready for the challenge.
Alfta Racing Team and I are really excited to be back in the office again and compete against the very best drivers in rallycross and Supercar Lites. There are some new challenges for the team with many new tracks in Denmark, Norway and Finland. Luckily, we can adapt quickly to new tracks.
There will also be tracks where we have raced in 2018/19, for example the legendary Höljes and Tierp circuits. Last year we made it to the semi-finals in both races against really hard competition so hopefully we can make a bit further this year and get to the finals! My main goal for this season will be a top 10 result by the last race at Tierp Arena.
20-01-29 Enlund steps up to RX2 as Swedish sensation joins forces with OMSE
Swedish star signs up for full RX2 season with Olsbergs MSE
18-year-old stunned on series debut at Höljes last summer
OMSE Team Principal Eriksson has high hopes for young protégé
Martin Enlund will contest the full RX2 International Series presented by Cooper Tires campaign in 2020 with defending champions Olsbergs MSE, and following his standout debut at Höljes last summer, there are high hopes indeed for the talented teenage prodigy.
Belying his minimal experience in Supercar Lites machinery, Enlund stunned observers with his pace and poise on his first appearance in the official FIA World Rallycross Championship feeder series last July, in what was the biggest field of the year with 21 cars. Third-quickest in FP2, the Swede who hails from Västerås, around an hour west of Stockholm replicated that result in Q1 before adding another top six time in Q3 and then going fastest of all in Sunday morning warm-up.
The 18-year-old missed out on the final by barely a quarter-of-a-second, but that did not tell the full story. Forced into a spin at the first corner, he was the quickest man on the track in an eye-catching recovery drive that capped a stellar maiden weekend in RX2 [see link to video beneath images below]. He posted the four fastest laps of the race, with his best effort a staggering half-a-second out-of-reach of what any of his rivals could muster.
Enlunds main focus last year was on RallyX Nordic, tallying a trio of fifth-place finishes in the CrossCar category and adding the Swedish Championship laurels to his impressive career CV. In 2020, he will run dual Supercar Lites campaigns in RX2 and RallyX Nordic. To say he is excited to get out on-track would be quite the understatement.
Its definitely going to be a busy season, and it will be so much fun to contest both series! he enthused. Driving as much as possible will be great for my career development and progression.
It was a surprise to be so fast at Höljes last year that was a really cool feeling, and it made me realise I could genuinely be successful in RX2. It would obviously have been fantastic to make the final on my debut, but I was still very happy with my performance. That weekend, everything just felt right, and since then, Ive been working hard to put together a full-season programme and make sure Im as well-prepared as I can possibly be.
Ive dreamt about competing on the World RX package since I was a child RX2 is a series I have looked up to for many years and now that dream has come true. It will be awesome to benefit from the World Championship spotlight and race in full view of all the Supercar teams. Hopefully that will open up even more doors moving forward.
The initial aim is to consistently reach the final though of course, Im secretly hoping for a bit more than that. I have no doubt that the competition will be extremely tough; everybody is fast and its shaping up to be a very strong field with, Im sure, many more quick drivers still to be announced.
The one thing I dont have any prior knowledge of Höljes aside is the tracks. The rest of them will be completely new to me. That will obviously give the more experienced drivers a bit of a head-start, but Ive generally been a quick learner so Im sure Ill be able to catch up and I know OMSE will help me to get to grips with everything as rapidly as possible.
Its definitely the right team for me. Their results speak for themselves, with four titles in a row in RX2, and their knowledge and experience is second-to-none. Theyre a great bunch of guys, and whatever they do, they tend to succeed. Im sure were going to have a lot of fun together, and when youre relaxed and enjoying yourself, your driving naturally benefits so bring it on!
Olsbergs MSE CEO and Team Principal Andreas Eriksson has similarly high hopes for his new protégé, who he tips to ultimately emulate the success achieved by many of the squads former drivers.
Its tremendously exciting to add Martin to our RX2 line-up for this year, he said. His performance at Höljes last summer really made everybody sit up and take note the speed he showed in the semi-final in particular was nothing short of breathtaking.
We have worked very hard to put this deal together and will continue working hard to support his transition. We want to make sure he is as prepared as he can be going into the new season and can hit the ground running in Barcelona. With Martin and Fraser McConnell, we already have an extremely strong line-up for 2020 and there are more exciting announcements still to come.
20-01-28 Entries open for 2020 RallyX on Ice winter warm-up
Just under one month to register for seasonal curtain-raiser
24 places in Supercar Lites / Supernational;18 in CrossCar/Crosskart
New venue as part of Swedens Winter Olympics in Luleå
Registration is officially open for the 2020 edition of RallyX on Ice presented by Cooper Tires in Luleå on 28 March, with 24 places available in the Supercar Lites and Supernational classes, and 18 on offer in the CrossCar/Crosskart category.
In recent years, RallyX on Ice has firmly established itself as the disciplines must-attend season curtain-raiser, with its ever-growing status seeing it welcome the likes of FIA World Rallycross Championship superstars Timmy Hansen and Andreas Bakkerud as well as US racing heroes Josef Newgarden and Hélio Castroneves.
Indeed, RallyX on Ice invariably attracts the crème de la crème of driving talent all eager to claim pre-season bragging rights with hundredths if not thousandths-of-a-second determining the results and spectacular sideways slides guaranteed.
In 2020, fans watching trackside will be treated to not only some of the fastest and most fearless rallycross drivers around, but also a raft of other sports within the framework of SM-veckan, Swedens high-profile Winter Olympics, which incorporates everything from biathlon and cross-country skiing to dog-sledding, Alpine slalom, jiu-jitsu and powerlifting.
That means a capacity crowd will be gathered downtown in Luleå on 28 March to watch all of the action on a purpose-built track on the frozen Lule River on Swedens northern coast. Whats more, with extensive live coverage of the business end of the event on Swedish national television complemented by a comprehensive livestream on SVT Play competitors will truly be showcasing their skills to the largest possible audience.
Run in conjunction with the Swedish Automobile Sports Federation, Svensk Bilsport, the single-day event will be preceded by official test days and will feature three competitions for Supercar Lites, Supernational and CrossCar/Crosskart. All entrants will be eligible to win the coveted RallyX on Ice titles, while the Swedish Championship crowns will be contested between drivers in possession of a Swedish licence.
Entry fees are 5,000 SEK (c. €470) for Supercar Lites which includes a place in the paddock tent or 2,500 SEK (c. €235) for the Supernational and CrossCar/Crosskart classes. All applications must be received by midday Swedish time on Sunday, 23 February, with places to be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Competitors should register at Anmälan Luleå ms City Race. Enquiries can be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org
20-01-21 McConnell targeting the title as he returns to RX2 with OMSE
Rookie revelation returns to RX2 grid with Olsbergs MSE
Jamaican ace aiming to build upon impressive 2019 results
21-year-olds achievements recognised by brace of awards
Fraser McConnell is set to return to the RX2 International Series presented by Cooper Tires with Olsbergs MSE in 2020, and with a successful maiden campaign now under his belt, the popular Jamaican says he will be all guns blazing in pursuit of title glory.
Despite 2019 marking only McConnells second season in rallycross and first competing in Europe, he immediately made his mark, with a spectacular round-the-outside pass on OMSE team-mate Jesse Kallio in the Barcelona curtain-raiser resulting in a podium finish on his debut in the official FIA World Rallycross Championship feeder series.
The 21-year-old reached the final on all but one occasion and laid down a marker for 2020 with a battling run to second place in Cape Town in November, posting the final fastest lap of the season as he delighted the South African fans with his trademark swashbuckling style behind the wheel. He concluded the campaign fourth in the overall standings, just seven points shy of the runner-up spoils.
The accolades have kept on coming for McConnell over the winter, too. In addition to meeting Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness with whom he discussed his international rallycross experience and efforts to continue putting the island nation on the global motorsport map he was celebrated as Senior Sportsman of the Year at the star-studded FIA Americas Awards and Sportsman of the Year for Motorsports by RJR, the largest media house in Jamaica.
Describing 2019 as a life-changing season, the reigning ARX2 Champion has even loftier ambitions for 2020, when funding permitting he hopes to dovetail his RX2 bid with a complementary campaign at Supercar level in Scandinavias RallyX Nordic series, to further hone his driving skills and career development.
I didnt have any expectations last year, reflected McConnell. I didnt know any of the tracks the only prior information I had was either from YouTube or video games so it inevitably took me a little while to get fully up-to-speed, and if youre playing catch-up in rallycross, youre not going to be able to fight for the win.
My team-mates Oliver [Eriksson] and Jesse [Kallio] played a huge part in helping me to get to grips with it all. Their experience was genuinely invaluable, and lets face it, nobody knows the Supercar Lites car better than Oliver I learned so much from him.
OMSE is the undisputed benchmark team in the discipline so I never even considered going anywhere else, and I really want to capitalise upon every opportunity they give me. Plus, there are only two new tracks I need to learn this year, but that will be the same for everybody. Thats the biggest thing for me, I think.
One of my major personal focuses this season is to make sure Im more mentally ready for the challenge. Coming from Jamaica, theres obviously a lot of travel involved, adjusting to different time zones and dealing with the associated jetlag plus juggling my racing commitments with my college studies. Its a pretty intense schedule and a big commitment to make, but Ive devoted a lot of time over the winter to preparing myself.
Its shaping up to be another tough season in RX2, with a very high calibre of competition. The level seemed to increase with each round last year, and every indication suggests it will step up again in 2020. Everybody is fast. Everybody is capable of putting down quick lap times. The difference is in the finer details the hundredths if not thousandths-of-a-second that separate the field. That means it will all come down to consistency and not making mistakes, but Im confident we have everything we need to fight for the title.
Im working hard to maintain the momentum from my podium in South Africa and my ARX2 title win Im feeling excited and really looking forward to it all. Not only that, but the level of respect between the drivers in RX2 is pretty remarkable, so I cant wait to get out there and race with those guys again. Its going to be a fun year!
20-01-21 Mästaren växlar upp och satsar på Rallycross 2020
Nils Andersson, mästare i Rally X Nordics Crosskartklass, står nu inför sin största utmaning hittills. Efter att ha segrat i Crosskart både 2018 och 2019, tar nu 20-åriga Andersson steget upp till Rallycross och Supercar Lites.
Värmlänningen som tävlar för Motorklubben Team Westom i Arvika, hade flera alternativ innan valet föll på Rallycross. Efter att ha testat racing i V8 Thunder, Grp N Suzuki i Rally och lite olika Crosskartar föll valet till slut på Rallycross i Supercar Lites.
Det blir en full säsong i prestigefyllda Rally X Nordic, en serie som lockar de bästa förarna i landet att tävla över 8 deltävlingar i 4 länder. Nils kommer att tävla i Supercar Lites, en enhetsklass där alla kör med exakt samma material i identiska bilar och förarens skicklighet är den viktigaste faktorn.
Det skall bli fantastiskt kul att köra Rallycross, något jag drömt om sedan jag var liten. Det blir en utmaning då jag är ny i Rallycross, medan mina konkurrenter har tävlat i flera år i den här bilen. I en enhetsklass där alla förare har samma material är det viktigt att ha ordning på alla delarna, det är de små detaljerna som avgör. När premiären i Höljes går av stapeln i maj skall jag vara maximalt förberedd, berättar Nils som till vardags studerar maskinteknik på Karlstads Universitet.
Nils mentor, dubble Världsmästaren i Rallycross, Johan Kristoffersson som är en viktig kugge i Nils utveckling var delaktig i valet av tävlingsklass.
Efter flera framgångsrika år i Crosskart kommer det att bli en spännande utmaning för Nils att ta steget upp till Supercar Lites i en serie där jag själv började min väg mot VM-Guld i Rallycross, säger Johan Kristoffersson
Nynäshamnsbaserade företaget RX Promotion står bakom serien och har utvecklat Supercar Lites att vara ett naturligt steg på vägen för att etablera sig i Rallycrosseliten. Klassen har fostrat flera Rallycross stjärnor som t.ex. Kevin Hansen, Sebastian Eriksson, Thomas Bryntesson och bröderna Kevin och Oliver Eriksson.
Jag har personligen följt Nils karriär sedan han började med motorsport. Det är mycket roligt samt väldigt inspirerande att se unga lovande talanger ta nästa steg i karriären med tydligt mål och focus. Nils är verkligen ett sådant exempel och kommer från Crosskart med ambition och vilja att bli bäst i SupercarLites för vidare utveckling. RallyX Nordic är byggt för att främja just detta och bidra med en platå för dom att utvecklas vidare till nästa framtida storförare, Jan-Erik Steen, CEO RX promotion AB.
20-01-14 Ben-Philip Gundersen klar för Supercar-EM tillsammans med JC Raceteknik
25-årige rallycrosstalangen Ben-Philip Gundersen tar 2020 steget upp från Supercar Lites till Supercar i mästerskapet FIA European Rallycross Championship.
Vi har länge jobbat med målet att ha Ben-Philip i Supercar, så att kunna ta steget upp till Euro RX tillsammans är kul. Han har helt klart den rätta farten, säger teamchef Joel Christoffersson.
JC Raceteknik hade under 2019 sin mest framgångsrika säsong någonsin där de bland annat vann både Europamästerskapet och RallyX Nordic tillsammans med Robin Larsson. Ben-Philip Gundersen gjorde också ett bra år med teamet och knep RallyX Nordic-guldet i klassen Supercar Lites samt ett silver i RX2 International Series 2019.
Gundersen har utöver det en stark meritlista med bland annat ett EM-guld i klassen Touringcar 2016 i bagaget. Nu är norrmannen redo växla upp sin motorsportkarriär ytterligare och ta steget in i värstingklassen. Bilen han ska köra är teamets ena Audi S1 Supercar.
Tillsammans med JC Raceteknik kommer Gundersen köra full EM-säsong FIA European Rallycross Championship. 25-åringens Supercar-debut blir 16 maj då EM inleds i Belgien på den välkända banan Spa därefter följer ytterligare fyra deltävlingar i bland annat svenska Höljes och norska Hell.
Joel Christoffersson, teamchef JC Raceteknik:
Vi har länge jobbat med målet att ha Ben-Philip i Supercar under 2020, så att kunna ta steget upp till Euro RX tillsammans är kul. Under de två åren han kört för JC Raceteknik har vi sett hur han utvecklas hela tiden. Så han har helt klart den rätta farten för att ta det här steget från Supercar Lites till Supercar.
Hittills har vi gjort lite tester tillsammans i bilen och jag ser stor potential i honom. Självklart kommer det här först och främst vara ett läroår. Men Ben-Philip är en vinnare, det syns i hans ögon. Så vi kommer jobba för att kriga i toppen och kunna kliva upp på pallen.
Ben-Philip Gundersen, Euro RX:
Det här känns riktigt bra att få den här chansen. Sen jag började med folkrace som femtonåring har jag drömt om att köra Supercar på den här nivån, och det är mot det målet jag jobbat sen dess. Nu är jag här, och är väldigt taggad!
Tillsammans med JC Raceteknik har jag gjort bra resultat i Supercar Lites. Vi har haft ett bra samarbete, så nu när den här möjligheten kom att ta steget upp i Supercar tillsammans kändes det helt klart rätt att fortsätta på den här vägen ihop. Att vi har en bra bil har vi kunnat se tidigare, så det kommer bli en spännande säsong.
Gällande målsättning ser vi det framförallt som ett läroår. Även om Supercar Lites är den bästa skolan du kan gå för att förbereda dig för den högsta klassen så är det ändå väldigt stor skillnad mot att köra en Supercar. Dessutom har många av de andra förarna kört Supercar förut, så det kommer vara tuff konkurrens. Jag tror det är smart att under den första tävlingen känna av allt, jämföra sig med de andra EM-förarna och sedan ta det vidare därifrån. Målen lär förändras under säsongens gång.
20-01-10 #YellowSquad unveils first RX2 driver for 2020
#YellowSquad is delighted to announce Czech teenager Dan Skocdopole as its first driver in RX2, the feeder series for the 2020 FIA World Rallycross Championship.
In addition to a full season of RX2, competing at iconic tracks such as Höljes, Hell and Lohéac, Skocdopole will also race in selected rounds of the Scandinavia-based RallyX Nordic Supercar Lites championship in order to optimise seat time in the car during the year.
Skocdopole tested #YellowSquad's RX2 car at Kalvholmen Motorstadion near Karlstad, close to the teams base in Götene, Sweden. The 16-year-old impressed in tricky weather conditions, showing maturity and speed on his #YellowSquad debut.
The RX2 cars are four-wheel drive, six-speed machines with around 310bhp produced by the 2.4 litre naturally aspirated engine, giving drivers the perfect platform to hone their skills and climb the RX ladder.
Kevin, Dan and the rest of the #YellowSquad team will be undertaking an extensive pre-season programme of preparation before the season begins at Barcelona in mid-April. This will include more time in the car as well as specific fitness and media training ahead of the first round of the year.
This is incredible for the team! To have our first driver confirmed so early in the season really drives us all at the workshop to prepare as well as we can. We believe that RX2 is a perfect step for Dan at his age, as the car and competition demand hard, detailed work.
Dan impressed us during his test. Timmy [Hansen], who is Head of Driver Development, and Eric [Färén], our Team Manager, were very happy with the day together and the connection Dan and the team had was great. This is a very important point.
The test conditions couldnt have been trickier, with a lot of rain and mud. But Dan really had a lot of skills and this showed he was able to control the car and work with the team to improve every time he was on track. We are looking forward to the preparations we and Dan have planned before the first race in Barcelona.
"Im really excited to be joining #YellowSquad in RX2 this season! Its a dream come true to be working with Kevin and Timmy, who have proven themselves to be two of the best rallycross drivers in the world. It will be a big test for me in RX2 as I know the competition will be very tough, but I feel this is a good step in my career to take and I am ready to get going in Barcelona.
My first test went really well last year and I think I am starting to get to grips with the RX2 car. It is a very reactive car and it demands a lot from the driver to get the most out of it. There will of course be a lot of lessons to take on board this season but I am looking forward to getting out on track."
About Dan Skocdopole
An experienced and successful go-karter, Skocdopole made a name for himself by winning the Czech championship title in 2015, before going on to claim the WSK KRS World Series championship crown in 2016.
Skocdopole made his first steps in rallycross in 2018 when he contested the Italian Rallycross Championship, driving a Skoda Super 1600. He continued in the series last year while also making his debut in the German RX championship, taking a victory in his first visit to the Oschersleben circuit in October.
He has tested a variety of GT and RX machinery during his young career to date, from RX2 and Super 1600 cars to Supercars and Electric RX. His aim is to become the youngest-ever World Rallycross Championship entrant and winner.
20-01-04 Evjen och Kristoffersson i fortsatt samarbete
Sondre Evjen fortsätter i rallycross-EM även 2020. Den unge norrmannen har gjort klart med ännu en säsong i en Volkswagen Polo GTI RX.
- Jag har väldigt stor tro på vårt upplägg inför året, säger en förhoppningsfull Sondre Evjen.
Evjen inledde förra säsongen sitt samarbete med Kristoffersson Motorsport från Arvika under teamnamnet Volkswagen Dealerteam BAUHAUS. Då blev allt klart i sista stund inför EM-premiären. Nu har såväl förare som team betydligt bättre framförhållning.
- Det har varit mitt mål att ha allt klart till nyår. Totalt sett ska vi komma mycket bättre förberedda i år och förhoppningsvis kunna kämpa om de översta platserna i varje tävling, säger 21-åringen från Ål och fortsätter:
- Vi vill få till en mer stabil bil och som förare behöver jag nå en högre lägstanivå.
Teamchefen Tommy Kristoffersson instämmer i de höga ambitionerna.
- Förra året hann vi inte förbereda oss så som vi skulle ha velat. Nu är det dags att göra det på rätt sätt. Vårt mål är att ge Sondre den bästa bilen i EM-serien, och med rätt förutsättningar vet vi att han är snabb.
Kristoffersson vill ändå inte prata om någon titeljakt.
- I det här läget handlar det inte om att jaga slutplacering utan om att bygga Sondres plattform inför den framtida karriären.
I det paketet ligger en hel del tester under året. Evjen kommer under 2020 att avstå från Lites-serien för att helt fokusera på EM i Supercar. Det innebär endast fem deltävlingar under året, vilket ger gott om tid för tester. I det sammanhanget blir dubble världsmästaren Johan Kristoffersson en betydelsefull faktor.
- Johan har en viktig roll som mentor åt Sondre och han kommer även att vara med vid våra tester för att jobba med finjusteringar.
Rådgivning i världsklass tackar Evjen förstås för.
- Jag hoppas på ett gott samarbete med Johan.
EM-serien inleds på Spa-banan i Belgien 16 maj, följt av norska Hell i juni och därefter Höljes i början på juli. Efter sommaruppehållet avslutas serien med tävlingar i Frankrike och Lettland i september. Det är ett tävlingsprogram som skulle ha kunnat skrivas av Sondre Evjen själv.
- Det är de fem banorna jag vill köra på om jag får välja.
I verkstaden i Koppsäng kommer det att jobbas hårt inför premiären för att optimera teamets Volkswagen Polo GTI RX. Stora förbättringar gjordes under förra året, men det finns mer att hämta, bland annat i form av viktfördelning.
- Vi har vissa saker som vi vet att vi kan förbättra och det finns ett åtgärdsprogram för detta, berättar Tommy Kristoffersson.
EM Supercar 2020:
16-17/5 Spa World RX of Benelux, Spa-Francorchamps
13-14/6 World RX of Norway, Hell
4-5/7 World RX of Sweden, Höljes
5-6/9 World RX of France, Lohéac
19-20/9 Neste World RX of Latvia, Bikernieki