- 35-year-old makes racing return in winter warm-up
- TiKRX confirms entry to SM-veckan contest
- Swede looking forward to his return to the track
Niklas Hagström will pilot TiKRX’s Supercar Lites entry in RallyX on Ice later this month (28 March), as the Swede prepares to reignite his racing career at the single-day SM-veckan event in Luleå.
Hagström began competing in 2000 in Folkrace, before winning the Swedish Rallycross Championship in both 2006 and 2007. Behind the wheel of a Honda Civic Type R, he also topped the Division 2 class podium in the Swedish round of the European Rallycross Championship at Höljes for three consecutive years from 2005 to 2007.
More recently, the 35-year-old has worked as a mechanic for a variety of leading rallycross teams, currently acting as chief mechanic for TiKRX alongside his ‘day job’ for tool manufacturer Thoréns i Kil. This ever-strengthening partnership will now extend to a racing return at RallyX on Ice.
“It’s going to be really fun to climb back into the cockpit again,” he enthused, “especially with four wheel-drive, which will be relatively new to me. I’m really excited to get going!
“I haven’t raced competitively in quite some time, so it will be interesting to see what the pace is like. I know the guys I’m going to be up against are really fast, so I’ll need to be on top of my game.”
Thoréns i Kil founder and TiKRX team manager Daniel Thorén put Hagström forward for RallyX on Ice, arguing that it is only right that he should be the first person to drive the car after putting in so much hard work over the winter.
“It was a very easy choice to let Niklas drive the car,” commented Thorén. “He’s a fantastic driver and has a lot of experience. As he built the car, it seems fair that he is the first one to get behind the wheel at RallyX on Ice.”