Wednesday | 25 Aug 2021

Reiersen sees ‘great potential’ in RX2e after star turn at Höljes

Isak Reiersen has lauded the potential of the FIA RX2e Championship – the first-ever FIA electric rallycross championship – following a starring performance on his debut at Höljes last weekend (20-22 August) with EKS JC.

Isak Reiersen has lauded the potential of the FIA RX2e Championship – the first-ever FIA electric rallycross championship – following a starring performance on his debut at Höljes last weekend (20-22 August) with EKS JC.

Reiersen entered the second round of RX2e buoyed by a championship-winning drive in RallyX Nordic’s CrossCar category only a week earlier at Arvika, in which he had pipped countryman Patrik Hallberg to the coveted crown by the margin of just 0.042s.

Höljes marked the 17-year-old’s first four wheel-drive start, and he impressed from the outset, going fifth-quickest in Q1 in a high-calibre field. In Q3, he pulled off a spectacular pass on Pablo Suárez following an entertaining, lap-long wheel-to-wheel duel, backing that up with the fourth-fastest time in Q4 to secure sixth spot in the intermediate classification.

Unfortunately, Reiersen’s momentum would be stopped in its tracks at the semi-final stage, when he found himself squeezed in the first corner traffic and sent up onto two wheels, with the Swede only just managing to avoid rolling his car as he bounced through the gravel trap. The delay cost him all chance of reaching the final first time out in RX2e, but he had nonetheless made his mark. 

“This wasn’t the result I was hoping for, and I couldn’t keep the pace I wanted because we struggled with traffic,” reflected the highly-rated teenager, “but I’m still happy with my speed all weekend, and how fast I got into the car.

“Compared to CrossCar, it’s a different world. For a start, it’s a full-size car, with four wheel-drive, so I wasn’t able to attack as hard as I’m used to – it was all about calmer driving and keeping it clean at corner exit. Then, of course, it was a new experience to drive an electric car, without changing gear and with all the focus on the accelerator and brakes.

“I want to say thank you to EKS JC, my sponsors and all those who made the weekend possible. It’s always been a dream to race on the World RX package in my home event at Höljes, so now I can tick that off my list. It’s a fun experience to have competed in an electric car, and I see great potential for that in the future.”

“This was the first electric rallycross event for both EKS JC and Isak, and also his debut in rallycross at such a high international level,” added Team Principal, Joel Christoffersson. “Considering that, I’m very happy with his effort and pace, and I think he should be too.

“Unfortunately, an incident in the semi-finals meant he couldn’t fight for a place in the final but we were here to learn, and we definitely did that. Hopefully we can do something similar with Isak in the future.”