Petersson returns with ‘girl power’ team and fighting spirit

  • Swedish ace battling back from bruising rookie season in Supercar Lites
  • 23-year-old predicts ‘epic’ campaign with all-female ‘girl power’ team
  • Global, non-geoblocked livestream to showcase 26+ hours of high-octane action
  • Subscriptions on sale here, offering fans attractive ‘Early Bird’ discounts

Nathalie Petersson’s RallyX Nordic presented by Cooper Tires debut at Höljes last year was certainly a memorable one – but for all the wrong reasons. Just over 12 months on, she’s back with what she calls her ‘girl power’ team – and ready to kick some butt.

The 2019 season curtain-raiser at Höljes marked Petersson’s maiden appearance in Supercar Lites machinery, but it was a rollercoaster ride. In her very first race, the Swede found herself tipped into a spectacular barrel-roll at Turn One, ruling her out of the rest of the day and requiring a tremendous overnight effort to repair the damage in time for round two.

If the impact gave Petersson a knock – both literally and psychologically – now, she is back and fired-up to fight again, and the 23-year-old will return to the series at next month’s ‘All-Star’ Magic Weekend (2-5 July).

“Finally, I’m back and more ready than ever!” enthused the former folkrace driver, who hails from Helsingborg in southern Sweden. “I love this sport, so it feels great to be back on the grid, especially with my own ‘girl power’ team this year. It will be epic!

“Last season was tough, but with all my sponsors we are fighting back in 2020, and here we are today! We decided to set up our own team, and alongside me I have WTCC and STCC mechanic Lisa Jonasson and Sandra Nyström, a folkrace driver and my best friend. Together, we will do everything possible to find a great set-up, the right focus and of course do our best to get onto the podium at least once over the weekend.”

The joint brainchild of RallyX Nordic promoter RX Promotion and Höljes’ organising club Finnskoga MK, and supported by the Swedish arm of international broadcasting heavyweight NEP, the ‘All-Star’ Magic Weekend – the first major rallycross event of the year – will follow a purely digital, pay-per-view livestreaming model to adhere to current COVID-19 restrictions.

The commitment is to bring more rallycross action, highlights and ‘insider’ content than ever before to fans all around the world, with a global English-language feed, a presenting team composed of Andrew Coley, Hal Ridge, Neil Cole and Molly Pettit and no geoblocking.

Prominent Swedish streaming platform StayLive will host the ‘All-Star’ Magic Weekend, with ‘Early Bird’ subscription deals available here until midnight on Thursday, 25 June for just 199 SEK (c. €19,99). After this date, the package price increases slightly to 249 SEK (c. €24,99). Subscribers will also gain complimentary access to all 2019 RallyX Nordic races as a bonus.

Part of the proceeds of this crowdfunding initiative will go towards supporting Höljes to ensure many more Magic Weekends are possible in the future. Should they wish, fans can make additional donations here.