Arvika sets the stage for round two of the 2018 RallyX Nordic season with all eyes on championship leader Thomas Bryntesson to see whether he can maintain the momentum from his perfect start to the season.
The JC Raceteknik driver kicked off the defence of his RallyX Nordic title in fine style with a fighting display in round one at Holjes. Bryntesson bounced back from a crash at the wheel of his Ford Fiesta during an earlier qualifying race to claim a comprehensive win over a high-quality field in the final.
Leading Helmia Motorsport’s Lukas Walfridson and Mats Ohman across the line, Bryntesson returns to Sweden for round two in Arvika looking to protect and extend an early four-point lead over the opposition.
Technical and challenging, Arvika is a mainstay of the RallyX Nordic calendar and is known for producing competitive door-to-door action, with this year’s event primed to continue the thrilling racing trend displayed in Holjes.
Indeed, while Bryntesson may have emerged as the familiar figure atop the podium, the close competition of round one nonetheless points towards multiple drivers being in contention for this year’s sought after RallyX Nordic title.
Fronting the challenge is Peter Hedstrom, who topped the Intermediate Classification coming into the semi-finals only for technical issues with his Volkswagen Polo in the final to scupper his hopes of overall victory. Nevertheless, ahead of his home race, Hedstrom remains well-positioned just six points shy of the lead.
Similarly, Oliver Solberg in the OSRX Citroen DS3 and Olsbergs MSE’s Oliver Eriksson will seek greater fortune after eye-catching flashes of performance in Holjes didn’t translate into the desired results on track. Even so, both have reason to be confident ahead of round two with Solberg having claimed victory in Arvika twelve months ago, while Eriksson arrives on the back of a big win in the RX2 International Series at Silverstone’s Speedmachine.
Other drivers in the hunt for glory include Philip Gehrman in his Eklund Motorsport Volkswagen Beetle, the young Swede having also reached the final in Holjes, while Ola Froshaug in the second JC Raceteknik Ford Fiesta and Hedstrom Motorsports’ Christer Dalmans will look to replicate their run to the final in Arvika twelve months ago.
Peter Hedstrom, Hedstroms Motorsport: “Arvika is a very technical race track, with its sharp curves and big jumps. It is the type of track that requires a determined approach and rewards those that dare to brake later! It is definitely one of my favourite tracks and I cannot wait to get out there to challenge for victory.”
RallyX Nordic Series Manager Ian Davies, commented: “We enjoyed a memorable start to the 2018 RallyX Nordic season with some classic rallycross action setting the stage for what promises to be a truly gripping season ahead. We can expect more of the same this weekend in Arvika, a much-loved staple of the rallycross scene with a layout that really challenges both man and machine. As a measure of RallyX Nordic’s enduring popularity, it is a pleasure to be extending the series’ live television reach from this event as part of a dynamic new agreement with TV2 Sumo and TV2 Sportskanalen in Norway, complementing our broadcasts on C More in Sweden. We are certain viewers will have plenty to enjoy from Arvika this weekend.”
Supercar Entry List – RallyX Nordic // Round 2 // Arvika
|1||Thomas Bryntesson||JC RACETEKNIK||Ford Fiesta|
|8||Peter Hedstrom||Hedstroms Motorsport||Volkswagen Polo|
|9||Crister Dalmans||Hedstroms Motorsport||Volkswagen Polo|
|11||Oliver Solberg||OSRX||Citroen DS3|
|16||Oliver Eriksson||Olsbergs MSE||Ford Fiesta|
|17||Mats Ohman||Ohmans Motorsport||Ford Fiesta|
|30||Ole Kristian Temte||Ole Kristian Temte Norwegian RX Team||Citroen C4|
|48||Lukas Walfridson||Helmia Motorsport||Renault Clio|
|61||Andreas Carlsson||ACRX Andreas Carlsson RallyCross||Renault Clio|
|76||Philip Gehrman||Eklund Motorsport||Volkswagen Beetle|
|77||Stene Johansen||Stene Johansen Motorsport||Renault Clio|
|88||Daniel Thoren||Hedstroms Motorsport||Volkswagen Polo|
|91||Ola Froshaug||JC RACETEKNIK||Ford Fiesta|
The competitive Supercar Lites cateorgy continues in Arvika with Guillaume De Ridder looking to continue his winning feeling following success in Holjes. The Olsbergs MSE driver was the dominant winner last time out but faces a renewed challenge from an impressive 20-strong entry list, including fellow Holjes podium-winners Linus Ostlund and Glenn Haug, plus defending champion and last year’s Arvika Supercar Lites winner William Nilsson. Round two will also feature two series newcomers in Arkadiy Tsaregradstev and Troy Dovel, competing with SRT and Set Promotion respectively.
Supercar Lites Entry List // Round 2 // Arvika
|2||Ben Philip Gunderson||JC RACETEKNIK|
|6||William Nilsson||JC RACETEKNIK|
|10||Martin Jonsson||Alfta Racing Team|
|11||Mats Oskarsson||Mats Oskarsson|
|12||Anders Michalak||Michalak Motorsport|
|17||Hampus Radstrom||Radstrom Motorsport|
|18||Linus Ostlund||Olsbergs MSE|
|21||Marcus Hoglund||JC RACETEKNIK|
|27||Petter Leirhol||Leirhol Motorsport|
|52||Simon Olofsson||STS RX|
|55||Vasiliy Gryazin||Sports Racing Technologies|
|57||Arkadiy Tsaregradtsev||Sports Racing Technologies|
|66||Santosh Berggren||A Berggrens Bilservice I Floby|
|69||Sondre Evjen||JC RACETEKNIK|
|87||Troy Dovel||Set Promotion|
|90||Jimmie Walfridson||JC RACETEKNIK|
|91||Jonathan Walfridsson||JC RACETEKNIK|
|96||Guillaume De Ridder||Olsbergs MSE|
|98||Stein Frederic Akre||Team Trysil|
Schedule – RallyX Nordic // Round 2 // Arvika
|1500||Free Practice 1||0930||Warm-up|
|1600||Free Practice 2||1015||Qualifying Race 1 (Q1)|
|1145||Qualifying Race 2 (Q2)|
|1330||Qualifying Race 3 (Q3)|
Sweden – C More & Sportskanalen LIVE
Norway – TV2 Sumo LIVE
Broadcasting gets underway at 1330