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Thu 09 May 2024

Sjökvist back in RX2e to take care of ‘unfinished business’

Last year’s FIA RX2e Championship runner-up Isak Sjökvist will return to the FIA World Rallycross Championship support series with Hansen Motorsport junior outfit #YellowSquad in 2024 – with some ‘unfinished business’ to attend to.

Sjökvist only debuted in rallycross three years ago, but the Swede has swiftly established himself as one of the undisputed rising stars of the dual-surface discipline. He reached the rostrum on his maiden RX2e appearance on home soil at Höljes in 2021, repeating the feat at Spa-Francorchamps to secure fifth position in the overall classification, despite not contesting the opening round.


The following year, he got the better of Nils Andersson in the fight for second in the standings courtesy of his breakthrough triumph in the Catalunya finale, before narrowly giving best to his countryman ten months later, missing out on title glory by just seven points in his first season in #YellowSquad colours. Sjökvist’s tally of nine podium finishes to-date in RX2e – two of them on the top step – is unrivalled in the all-electric single-spec category.


The one trophy missing from the 22-year-old Uppsala native’s cabinet is the big one – the drivers’ crown. Exploiting the experience he has gained and the lessons he has learned – allied to Hansen Motorsport’s unquestionable expertise in the sport – that is something he is aiming to rectify over the coming months.


“I’m super-excited to have signed for another year with #YellowSquad,” Sjökvist enthused. “We’re making great progress and I know we have what it takes to achieve our goals together.


“It’s an honour to get this opportunity once again and encouraging for me that they have trust in me. I would also like to take a moment to thank all my partners, including the Hansen family and my own, and everyone else that is giving me this opportunity.”


Hansen Motorsport’s commitment to RX2e supports its vision for a more sustainable future. The team is approaching its third campaign running a pair of electric RX1e cars in World RX, and will add further #YellowSquad drivers to its roster alongside Sjökvist this year.


“We’re excited to go into another season with Isak,” commented Team Manager, Eric Färén. “From the beginning, the relationship felt like a perfect fit. We all work well together and have a lot of fun.


“Of course, it also feels a bit like unfinished business. We have long-term goals, but we want to win the RX2e championship so that is what we’ll be pushing for this year. Isak has been working hard over the winter and we will try to be as prepared as we can to give him all the tools he needs to secure the title.”


The forthcoming RX2e campaign will get underway at Essay in France on 8-9 June, followed by World Championship-accompanying rounds at Höljes in Sweden (6-7 July), Nyirád in Hungary (27-28 July), Mettet in Belgium (17-18 August) and Montalegre in Portugal (7-8 September).