WORLD RX STARS BEGIN YEAR AT HOLJES RALLYX NORDIC
Thursday 2nd of July 2020
A number of FIA World Rallycross Championship stars will get their 2020 season preparations underway at the Holjes circuit in Sweden this weekend, competing in the first two rounds of the RallyX Nordic series.
Two-time World RX Drivers’ Champion Johan Kristoffersson, from Sweden, two-time World RX event winner Niclas Gronholm, from Finland, and two-time FIA European Rallycross Champion Robin Larsson will compete in a field of 20 Supercars in the four day Magic Weekend event. The line-up includes 2020 Euro RX permanent entrants Oliver Eriksson, from Sweden, Enzo Ide, from Belgium and Ben-Philip Gundersen, from Norway.
Gronholm is looking forward to getting back into the Hyundai i20 Supercar in competition after the enforced layout due to the ongoing COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. “It’s going to be awesome to finally get back to racing and rallycross! It’s been a long break for the sports world and way too long time out of the Hyundai for me personally. But that’s behind us and now I’m very much looking forward to get out on the track and face many of my racing friends again. I expect the racing to be very tough in Holjes so it will be a great chance for us to get ready for the upcoming World RX season, shake off the “rust” and test our updated car,” he said.
Several drivers from the RX2 International Series will also be in action, and reigning World RX Drivers’ Champion Timmy Hansen, from Sweden, has teamed up with FIA World Rally Championship star Thierry Neuville, from Belgium, to race in the CrossCar category.
“Obviously I’m very excited to finally get the 2020 season started. This will be the first proper event of the year after a lot of Esports races, and I can’t wait to do the real thing again,” explained Hansen. “I might not be in the Supercar this time, but still, that sensation of the G-forces, the jumps and just driving Höljes in itself is magic. I think the CrossCar category will be very tough. I’ve followed it closely, especially through #YellowSquad last year, so I know the level is very high and that these young guys are extremely fast and experienced in the class. I’ll have to stay super-focussed on my performance and try to get everything right, as in any race that I do. I’m happy that we’ll run not just one but both rounds, which means lots of starts and lots of laps to get that race feeling back in the body and to prepare for coming back to Holjes for the World Championship in August.”
The event takes place behind closed doors and is broadcast online. Round one will run on Thursday, with round two across Saturday and Sunday.
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