There will be a new name on the grid in the 2022 FIA World Rallycross Championship, after Construction Equipment Dealer Team (CE Dealer Team) announced a multi-year, two-car entry to the series on the eve of the eagerly-anticipated electric era.
Operated by PWR RX, a sister company to leading Swedish outfit PWR Racing – multiple Scandinavian Touring Car Champions and constructors of PWR001, the world’s first fully electric touring car – CE Dealer Team will be led by Emil Axelsson, a former team manager at EKS RX and successful rally co-driver, with Junior WRC, SWRC and Asia-Pacific titles to his credit.
Like World RX, the squad is firmly committed to spearheading a sustainable future, both on and off-track. Through its participation in the championship, CE Dealer Team aims to drive the shift towards greater diversity and inclusivity, while highlighting the excitement that the move to an electric future offers.
The Nordic-based operation will field a pair of cars, with the programme supported by a number of independent distributors of Volvo Construction Equipment – including Ascendum, SMT and Swecon – and benefitting from the backing of several prominent industrial partners, amongst whom Engcon and SSAB.
The CE Dealer Team driver line-up will be revealed at 10:00 CEST on 10 May. The 2022 World RX campaign will begin with an official launch at iconic Swedish circuit Höljes on 2-3 July, followed by rounds at Germany’s legendary Nürburgring, Hell in Norway, Rīga’s Biķernieku trase in Latvia, Montalegre in Portugal, Belgium’s Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps and a yet-to-be-confirmed season finale.
Emil Axelsson, Sporting and Commercial Director, CE Dealer Team, said:
“We are pleased to announce our entry to World RX, which is a perfect fit for the CE Dealer Team and our push for a more sustainable future with our partners. The World RX programme provides us with an excellent activation platform, one where our partners can showcase their innovative products and solutions through the world’s most exciting electric motorsport category.”
Daniel Haglöf, Co-Founder, CE Dealer Team, said:
“While World RX is new to us, building and developing fast electric race cars is not. Our extensive racing experience coupled with the vast technical expertise of our industrial partners gives us confidence that our long-term goal of fighting for FIA World Rallycross Championship titles will ultimately be successful.
“An important additional element of our programme is to drive a change that will see motorsport become more inclusive and diverse. We look forward to announcing further exciting details surrounding these elements soon.”
Arne Dirks, Executive Director, Rallycross Promoter GmbH, said:
“It’s always a pleasure to welcome a new team to the grid, particularly one of this calibre, bolstered by the experience and expertise of Volvo Construction Equipment dealers and PWR. All parties wholeheartedly share our vision for a more sustainable and diverse society and strongly support the direction in which we are taking the championship. As we head into this bright new era, there is a great deal of belief in the future of World RX, and we will be revealing even more exciting news in the weeks to come.”