LARSSON SECURES RALLYX NORDIC TITLE
Monday 23rd of September 2019
Sweden’s Robin Larsson – the 2019 FIA European Rallycross Champion – wrapped up a second title of the year in the final round of RallyX Nordic last weekend at Tierp in Sweden with the JC Raceteknik team.
Larsson was partnered by 2016 FIA World Rallycross Champion Mattias Ekstrom and Mats Ohman in the team, and claimed the title by just one point when championship leader Oliver Eriksson – the RX2 International Series leader – retired on the final lap with broken suspension. 2014 and 2019 Euro RX Champion Larsson took TQ (top qualifier) position but didn’t make the final after a problem in his semi-final, but when Ekstrom withdrew from the final race of the weekend, Larsson was able to take the start, just a week after making his return to World RX at Riga in Latvia.
“It feels great to take the championship in both the European Championship and RallyX Nordic this season. Today's event is probably the weirdest I have been in, in my life. It went from everything, to nothing, and then to everything again. For the first time this season, we were absolutely the fastest in qualifying, so we had a great feeling for the semi-finals.
"But at the start, there was no boost in the engine and I was last off the line. It was frustrating, but I tried to pick places and eventually came fourth,” said Larsson. “I went out to the pre-grid as the last reserve. There I found out that Mattias had chosen to stand down from the finals for us, then the hope of the championship gold came back. I started from the back, but it worked out pretty well. When I saw that Oliver Eriksson was parked up, and I got to the finish and they shouted on the radio that I won, at first I did not believe it.”
The 2015 World RX of Argentina winner has also stated that he hopes to return to World RX next season. “Now we have ticked off these two golds, what happens next year we will see. I think it would be very fun to take up the fight against the big guys in the World Championship.”
Norway’s Ben-Philip Gundersen, currently P3 in the RX2 points, secured the RallyX Nordic Supercar Lites title ahead of the RX2 final round at the World RX of South Africa in November.Share this story on Facebook Share this story on Twitter