GUNDERSEN STEPS UP TO EURO SUPERCAR WITH JC RACETEKNIK
Tuesday 14th of January 2020
RX2 International Series race winner Ben-Philip Gundersen will race an Audi S1 Supercar in the FIA European Rallycross Championship this season with Swedish team JC Raceteknik.
Norway’s Gundersen, 25, won at the Swedish in French rounds of RX2 last year, circuits he will visit again as part of the Euro RX Supercar schedule this season. After winning the FIA European Rallycross Championship for TouringCar title in 2016, Gundersen will again battle for a European crown this year with the same team that lifted the Euro RX trophy last season, with compatriot Robin Larsson.
“It feels fantastic to have this opportunity. Since I started competing in folkrace as a 15-year-old, I have dreamed of racing in Supercar at this level and I’ve been working on that goal ever since. Now I’m here and I’m very excited. Together with JC Raceteknik, I have achieved good results in Supercar Lites. We’ve had a good collaboration, so now I have this opportunity to take the step up in Supercar, it definitely feels right to continue on this road together. We know the car is good, so it will be an exciting season,” Gundersen explained.
“Regarding our goals, this is firstly a learning year. Even though Supercar Lites is the best school you can go to, to prepare for the highest class, it’s still very different from driving a Supercar. I expect many of the other drivers to have raced Supercar before, so it will be hard competition. I think it will be sensible to get a feel for everything in the first race, to compare with the other European drivers and then take it from there. I think our goals will evolve over the course of the season.”
JC Raceteknik Team Principal Joel Christoffersson has high hopes for new Supercar driver’s prospects in his first year of Supercar. “We have worked for a long time on the goal of having Ben-Philip in Supercar in 2020, so being able to take the step up to Euro RX together is great. Over the two years he has been racing with JC Raceteknik, we have watched him develop the whole time and he clearly has the correct pace to take make this step.
"We have done some testing and I can see great potential in Ben-Philip in Supercar. Of course, this will first and foremost be a learning year, but Ben-Philip is a winner, you can see that in his eyes, so we will work to fight at the top and aim to make it to the podium,” said Christoffersson.
The FIA European Rallycross Championship will begin alongside round three of the FIA World Rallycross Championship at Spa-Francorchamps on May 16-17.
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