Thomas Bryntesson will return to FIA European Rallycross Championship competition at Höljes later this month (20-22 August), as the successful Swede targets the top step of the podium on home soil in the opening round of the 2021 Euro RX1 campaign.
Bryntesson has been a winner in every rallycross series he has contested. After battling Kevin Hansen and Kevin Eriksson for RX Lites honours in 2015, he was crowned RallyX Nordic Champion in the Supercar Lites category in 2016 and in the headlining Supercar class the following season.
That same year, the Värmland native made his Euro RX debut at Supercar (now Euro RX1) level, finishing second in the standings at the first time of asking and triumphing at Lohéac behind the wheel of a JC Raceteknik-run Ford Fiesta. Amongst the drivers he beat was World RX event-winner Robin Larsson.
Maintaining that front-running form, in 2018, Bryntesson placed fourth in the title table – scooping the runner-up spoils at Höljes along the way – while a switch to his current TBRX Volkswagen Polo in 2019 yielded third in the overall classification and another victory, this time in Germany.
The 2020 campaign was a troubled one for the 25-year-old, beset by persistent engine issues, but following a long absence from the track, he is fired-up to remind his rivals just what he is capable of when the forthcoming Euro RX1 action gets underway.
“It’s going to be fun,” Bryntesson enthused. “I haven’t raced since Latvia at the end of last season, so I’m really looking forward to getting back out there again – especially in front of some spectators at last. It was a strange feeling competing at Höljes last year without the fans there.
“I’ve only been able to test the Polo once since Riga – it’s difficult to find the budget to do much more at the moment – but it felt good after all the changes we made last year, and even then, I think we showed that when the car is working properly, we’ve got the pace to fight at the front.
“Höljes is a unique track and difficult to master, but I love the challenge it presents and it seems to suit the Polo well. I’m under no illusions that the opposition is going to be extremely tough – there are a lot of good drivers and teams on the full-season Euro RX1 entry list – but I’m certainly planning to push for the podium, if not better...”
Whilst Höljes is currently the only date in his diary for 2021, Bryntesson has not ruled out further Euro RX1 appearances should the event go well.
“For the moment, this is just a one-off,” he acknowledged, “but let’s see how it goes and then take things from there. You never know, a good result might just open a few doors...”