His motto is ‘Will of Steel’, and William Nilsson unleashes a steely glare when he asserts that ‘my goal is to be the best’. On recent form, he is certainly on the right track.

Nilsson produced a feisty performance to record his first rostrum finish in the RX2 International Series on home turf at Höljes earlier this month – the natural next step in a campaign that has seen the Swedish teenager edge ever-closer to the front of the field.

Indeed, the JC Raceteknik ace has reached the final in three of the four rounds to-date in 2017 – only missing out at Lydden Hill by less than a quarter-of-a-second – and his popular maiden podium has vaulted him up to fourth in the championship standings as the season speeds towards its second half. Not that he is entirely satisfied...

“It was great to be on the podium in RX2 for the first time, especially in my home country in front of family, friends and sponsors,” enthused Nilsson, who at 17 is the youngest driver in the official FIA World Rallycross Championship feeder series. “It was nice to be able to share the result with them and I was really satisfied with my performance there.

“We’ve been fast everywhere this year, but for various reasons, the weekends hadn’t quite come together properly until then. Höljes was the toughest field we’ve seen all season, and the qualifying races reflected that. I was a long way down the order at the end of the first day, but to set the ninth-quickest time in Q1 even with having to take a double joker for a jump-start proved we had good pace and we were consistently amongst the quickest drivers the whole way through.

“The result makes me even hungrier to move further up the podium and score my first win in RX2. There are a lot of drivers out there with more experience, but that doesn’t intimidate me – indeed, it gives me even more motivation to try to beat them. My goal is to be the best – and though I’m still young, that’s what I’m working towards!”


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