WORLD RX 2018: RETURNING OLSBERGS MSE TARGETS TOP STEP
Team: Olsbergs MSE
Car: Ford Fiesta
Drivers: Kevin Eriksson, Robin Larsson
2017 Teams’ Championship: N/A
Former champions Olsbergs MSE make the full-time return to the FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy this season with its sights set firmly on ruffling the feathers of its factory-assisted rivals.
As an integral factor in rallycross’ growth and success over the years, OMSE’s sabbatical from World RX– save for a handful of wild-card outings - was certainly keenly felt in 2017, making its comeback this season all the more welcome.
Better still, the Andreas Eriksson-helmed squad is not only forging a full-time return in 2018 but is doing so with a youthful yet still race-winning driver line-up in Kevin Eriksson and Robin Larsson.
Armed with the latest version of the ubiquitous Ford Fiesta Supercar, Eriksson switches back to his father’s team keen to display more of the form that saw him notch up a trio of final appearances last season with MJP Racing Team Austria.
Regarded as one of World RX’s keenest young talents, while the 21-year old concedes defeating his experienced factory-backed rivals from PSRX Volkswagen Sweden, Team Peugeot Total and EKS Audi Sport will be the challenge in 2018, he is convinced he has the package to cause a few upsets in 2018.
“My goal is to be in the finals,” Eriksson, winner of the 2016 World RX of Germany, commented. “These guys are so experienced, so it will be tough to beat them in the long run but if I can beat them in a few races then I will be very happy.”
It is a view shared by Larsson – a race winner himself in the 2015 World RX of Argentina – who joins the OMSE set up after several seasons driving an Audi S1 under an eponymous team banner. It’s a culture shift the 25-year old is relishing given the heritage and credentials of the 2014 Teams’ Champions.
“It is fun to be back and driving around the world,” said Larsson, who returns to World RX himself after a year in Euro RX. “It is nice to be part of a team - it is fun to develop with a new team and a new car, so it is a lot of new things for me. I have to learn quickly now but it is good to have a driver [Eriksson] alongside to help improve the car.”Share this story on facebook Share this story on Twitter