Sunday | 10 Oct 2021

Andersson ‘shows what she can do’ on impressive opening day

Klara Andersson has reflected upon an ‘amazing’ opening day in the FIA RX2e Championship at Benelux World RX of Spa-Francorchamps yesterday (9 October), as she heads into the remainder of the event sitting a superb third in the standings.

Klara Andersson has reflected upon an ‘amazing’ opening day in the FIA RX2e Championship at Benelux World RX of Spa-Francorchamps yesterday (9 October), as she heads into the remainder of the event sitting a superb third in the standings.

Andersson entered RX2e – the first-ever FIA electric championship – off the back of winning the Swedish Rallycross Championship title behind the wheel of a BMW 120 in only her third season in the discipline. That followed a successful formative career in karting, and the runner-up laurels in the Junior Swedish Rallycross Championship in 2020.

On her electric racing debut at Spa yesterday, the 21-year-old Löberöd native – who is also an FIA Rally Star ambassador and member of Sweden’s Junior National Team – was on the pace from the outset, and backed up a sparkling third-fastest time in Q1 with a Guillaume De Ridder-defeating performance for fourth position in Q2.

That left Andersson third in the overnight classification behind title contender Jesse Kallio and fellow Swede Isak Sjökvist, and she is excited to keep the momentum going on the second and final day.

“Where do I start? I’ve had a smile on my face the whole time – it’s been absolutely fantastic,” she enthused. “I’m still surprised by how far we’ve progressed with such little experience in the car, and I’ve really enjoyed every second on the track. Coming here has just been a dream come true; it’s been amazing to race at the legendary Spa-Francorchamps circuit. I simply have no words...

“I love my [Swedish Championship] BMW, but the RX2e car is definitely a bit faster and I’ve already learnt so much. The instant torque is amazing; I really had to adapt my driving style and not be as aggressive as I am in the BMW, but all the set-up changes so far have been on-point and I had a nice fight with [Guillaume] De Ridder in Q2. I’m super happy to be here and to show what I can do, and now it’s going to be full push for today. I can’t wait!”