JC Raceteknik’s home round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship supporting RX Lites Cup takes place this weekend at the famous Holjes circuit in Sweden (July 1 – 3), where the Swedish squad will be the largest in the paddock, running five RX Lites machines.
Norwegian driver Thomas Bryntesson lies just a single point behind the series leader and heads to the event closest to his home targeting a solid points haul ahead of the summer break in the championship. Bryntesson, who leads the Sweden-based RallyX Nordic Championship, won at Holjes last season. Joachim Hvaal is hoping to make amends for a disappointing event in Holjes last season this weekend and has shown strong pace in 2016 with several podium finishes, while Sondre Evjen will visit yet another new circuit in his first season in the sport and is targeting qualification to the final in the record-breaking 18-car entry.
RallyX Nordic driver William Nilsson will make his first international start of the season on the back of strong performances in the RallyX Nordic Championship, while fellow Swedes Per Bjornson and Magnus Hansen will both race with JC Raceteknik this weekend on their return to rallycross. Crosskart driver Bjornson made his first Lites appearance at Holjes last season and finished fourth in the semi-finals, while former Division Two European Rallycross Champion Magnus Hansen returns to the sport this weekend following a long absence. Both drivers tested with the team at Strangnas in Sweden recently.
Racing gets underway on Friday afternoon at Holjes (July 1) and continues through Saturday (July 2), with the final taking place on Sunday (July 3). Keep up with the action at the official championship links below, and via the JC Raceteknik Facebook page.
Joel Christoffersson, Team Principal :
“It’s a very important race for us this weekend. Thomas goes to Holjes with good self confidence from Norway. His main goal now is to pick up better points at the Intermediate Classification. It would be great to go into the summer break with the points lead, but what is important is to take good points from the event. Joachim has had good speed this year and he’s learnt a lot. I think he can show that this weekend again. I don’t want to put any pressure on Sondre, we know he is fast and with more experience he will be even better and score some great results I’m sure. William joins us for his first international event of the season. He has been fast in RallyX Nordic and I think he will continue that this weekend. We also have Per with us for Holjes, for his second Lites race. He is a very good driver and we had a good test last week, for sure he has the speed to be quick, but the level in RX Lites is so high it’s difficult to be at the top straight away. The aim is the semi-final to start with and to go from there. Magnus was also good at the test, he has the speed and he can be in the semi-finals straight away if he is consistent in the qualifying races.”
Thomas Bryntesson (NOR) #16 :
“If there is any race you really want to win it is Holjes, and I will do everything I can to take back the overall lead of the championship. I have scored more points than leader Cyril Raymond at every race except in the UK, so it’s certainly not impossible as long as I drive well. Winning in Holjes last year was the best experience and I want to experience it again. The track is incredible with a fine division between the gravel and asphalt, so it will be really fun to drive there. It has been an incredible season so far, with five wins out of six starts. The team is very important to me and I have good support from Joel, who is incredible. If I’m wondering about anything, I just go to him for help.”
Sondre Evjen (NOR) #69 :
“I hope to approach the race at Holjes with a good flow and the target is to make the final, then we’ll take it from there. This is a bit different from the other races in RX Lites this year, because now we will have to fight to get into the semi-finals. You will need to be consistent all weekend. The track is all-new again for me; that makes it difficult at the start, but we are learning fast. Thomas and Joachim have driven at Holjes a few times so they will be able to help me.”
Joachim Hvaal (NOR) #99 :
“I am really, really excited about the race in Holjes this weekend, in some ways because it went so badly there for me last year. I am hungry for revenge at Holjes and hopefully I can fight for victory. We have been testing and we have the speed, we have shown that at a lot of events so far this season.”
William Nilsson (SWE) #6 :
“Everything feels really good and my hope is to reach the podium. It’s a big field with some of the top drivers in Lites. I know how they are performing in the Swedish Championship and where I have been against them is good. I have momentum, I’ve been close to Thomas in RallyX Nordic and often quicker than my team mates Joachim and Sondre. All of them are very fast in Europe, so I’m not worried. The combination of it being my first RX Lites Cup race and the Holjes event is really cool.”
Per Bjornson (SWE) #3 :
“Holjes last year was my first race ever in rallycross. I’ll try to drive smart this weekend. The goal is always to win, but realistically I hope to qualify for the final. Holjes is easily the most fun race of the year, it is heaven. The track is one of the world’s best and the atmosphere is fantastic. I’m really looking forward to the race, horsepower is good for the soul!
I have done many laps of Holjes in Crosskart, while the driving style is quite the opposite to Lites, it is the same approach and I am used to busy races on the track.”
Magnus Hansen (SWE) #14 :
“It will be fantastic to get to Holjes and not just watch as the others have fun on the track. Once you have driven yourself, you crave to do it again all the time. The first goal is to get to the semi-finals, then we’ll take it from there. Obviously there are some dreams to go there and win, but I have to think realistically. I have seen the young people driving and they are super-talented. So it will be a matter of increasing the tempo a notch, think about the current track following our tests and try to avoid mistakes.”
RX Lites Cup after round 4 :
1 Cyril Raymond 102
2 Thomas Bryntesson 101
3 Joachim Hvaal 82
4 Simon Olofsson 82
5 Simon Wago-Syversen 71
6 Sondre Evjen 61
11 Henrik M.Krogstad 15
Source : JC Raceteknik Newsletter