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FORD OMSE ENTER WORLD RALLYCROSS

Ford OMSE has entered the 2014 FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy and have named Andreas Bakkerud and Reinis Nitiss as its drivers.

Speaking at the official press release in Stockholm, Sweden, Jamie Allison, Director of Ford Racing spoke of the teams involvement in the series.

“Olsbergs MSE has been a key force for us by winning three-consecutive championships in Global Rallycross, but it’s also played an integral part of building the sport to the level it’s at today,” said Jamie. “We are looking forward to another successful year with the team, in both GRC and World Rallycross, and excited Andreas' passion has created the opportunity for young talented drivers to compete in the Ford Fiesta ST.”

The OMSE Ford squad combines drivers with experience and youth; Bakkerud (22) was Super1600 champion in the European championship in 2011 and 2012 before winning two events in his debut Supercar season in 2013, and Nitiss (18) graduates to Supercar on the back of winning the Super1600 European championship last year.

“I am excited to introduce our drivers – the present and future stars of the sport,” said OMSE Ford team principal Andreas Eriksson. “The drivers on our 2014 roster demonstrate our commitment to building the sport of rallycross. As competitors, we are focused on winning, but I’m thinking about the future.”

Bakkerud and Nitiss won their Super1600 titles with Finnish team Set Promotion, and will renew their relationship with Set Promotion boss Jussi Pinomaki who becomes team manager for OMSE.

Championship promoters IMG have welcomed OMSE into World RX: “OlsbergsMSE is a competitive team on the international stage who are committed to the growth of the sport, and we welcome their participation in the FIA World Rallycross Championship in 2014,” said Martin Anayi, Managing Director of the FIA World Rallycross Championship.

British Touring Car Champion Andrew Jordan will race for the Swedish team at his home round of World RX at Lydden Hill. Today's announcements also named Jordan and former World Rally Champion Marcus Gronholm as driver coaches and mentors.

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