Thursday 16th of January 2014

Experienced Swedish RallycrossRX team Eklund Motorsport are preparing their Saab 93 Supercars for participation in FIA World Rallycross Championship events this season, although drivers are yet to be confirmed.

“We are working flat out to get the cars ready,” said Eklund. “Two of the cars will be identical for this year. The car that Henning [Solberg] drove at Loheac last year has had a lot of work done to it, we have taken out 30 kilograms and it is now right on the weight limit. Of course we want to do as much of the World championship as possible. We have been talking to lots of people, but nothing is confirmed yet, and we are open to anything.”

The Eklund Saabs are some of the most developed in the sport, and still have the pace to race at the sharp end, as proved by Henning Solberg on several occasions in RallycrossRX last season, finishing fourth in Sweden and making the semi-finals in France. The team will prepare two cars to be race ready as soon as possible, with a third 93 being kept as a spare, should it be required.

As well as working with experienced drivers, Eklund is no stranger to working with young drivers in the sport, and was indeed the man behind Toomas ‘Topi’ Heikkinen’s early stages in rallycross. “Topi is a good example of how we work with people. In his first year with us he won the Finnish championship, then we went into the European championship in the second year and he was on the podium pretty quickly. Now he is one of the top guys. We taught him from nothing,” says Eklund, who has a long career of experience to draw on when teaching young drivers. “In 50 years of racing you learn something at least.”

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