JC Raceteknik to field four-car line-up at RallyX on Ice opener in Soderhamn
Championship winning rallycross team JC Raceteknik will field four Supercar Lites in the opening round of the RallyX on Ice series this weekend in Soderhamn (February 5).
Reigning RallyX Nordic Supercar Lites champion Thomas Bryntesson, who will graduate to the Supercar category in international rallycross this season with the team, will be joined at the Soderhamn event by the team’s 2017 Supercar Lites drivers Sondre Evjen (19) and Swede William Nilsson (17), while Oscar Solberg (19), son of World Rally Championship podium finisher Henning Solberg will also race for the team and part of an 18-car entry this weekend.
The RallyX on Ice series will take place over three rounds in 2017, with events at Soderhamn (February 5), Fuglehaugen Motorcenter (March 4) and Ostersunds Motorstadion (March 11).
Last year, Bryntesson prepared for his successful campaigns in RallyX Nordic and the FIA World Rallycross Championship supporting RX Lites Cup by winning two rounds of the RallyX on Ice series and finishing as overall runner-up.
Bryntesson, Evjen and Nilsson all have experience of driving a Supercar Lites car on ice and alongside targeting victory in the series this winter, will use the experience to further develop their skills heading into the rallycross season in 2017. Solberg joins the team alongside his ongoing programme in rallying, having made a single Supercar Lites start previously at the Norwegian round of RX Lites in 2015, where he finished fifth in the final.
To prepare for RallyX on Ice, JC Raceteknik tested recently in Antilla.
Joel Christoffersson, Team Principal :
“It will be fun to start the season again. We go into it with the goal of winning the series, that’s what all of our drivers are aiming for. With the target of success, we have prepared ourselves with tests on winter roads in Anttila. Thomas finished strongly last year in RallyX on Ice with two wins, so he wants to continue that this year and fight at the top. Sondre and William are really excited and they will also be aiming for victory. Oscar is new to the team. He doesn’t have as much experience in the Lites, except for a one-off race in Norway two years ago, but he has done really well in rallying so I think he can perform in rallycross too.”
Sondre Evjen (NOR) :
“I'm really looking forward to racing against others again and getting back the competitive feeling. I'm aiming for the podium in the series, so my goal is to fight for first place at each race, especially at my home track. I have a lot more experience of a Lites car than I did last season so that should help me straight away, and racing on the ice really helps with your skills ahead of the summer season.”
Oscar Solberg (NOR) :
“It’s going to be a lot of fun this weekend. I think driving on ice with the rallycross car is going to be very cool. I’ve only done one Lites race before and the cars are very difficult to drive. They’re not easy to drive because everybody has exactly the same equipment and the lap times are very similar, but it’s a cool car to drive. I want to get into the semi-finals and then I hope I can get into the final. It just about having fun, I’m doing a rally the weekend after so this will be good practice for that.”
Thomas Bryntesson (NOR) :
“It's been a while since I last raced, so it will be fun to get back into the driving seat. I hope to fight for victory. We have gone over the whole car during the winter and re-prepared, so hopefully everything will be perfect. It's a special feeling to race on ice. It’s really important to get a good start because it’s almost impossible to overtake. Last year it started hard but it started to go better in the last two rounds, so hopefully I’m well prepared this year.”
William Nilsson (SWE) :
“I'm really psyched to get started and racing again. It is exciting that so many new drivers are going to participate. My goal is to get to the finals in the events. It will be really tough because it’s a record entry, but the goal is set and I will do everything to try to achieve it. It's super important to be alert and fast right from the first heat. I have the disadvantage of living where there is no snow at the moment, so I haven’t been able to practice as much as I wanted.”