- Supercar Lites rookie home-bound as RallyX Nordic races into Arvika
- TiKRX ace enjoyed encouraging class debut at Höljes
- Two-time CrossCar champ quickly adapting to new challenge
Nils Andersson is aiming to build upon a promising Supercar Lites class debut when RallyX Nordic presented by Cooper Tires resumes at his home track of Arvika this weekend (7-9 August) for round three of its 2020 campaign.
Andersson enjoyed a positive start to his Supercar Lites career at Höljes’ ‘All-Star’ Magic Weekend last month, reaching the final in the ultra-competitive 15-car field at his first attempt. He arrives at Arvika sitting 11th in the championship standings and will again take to the track under the TiKRX banner, alongside team manager Daniel Thorén in the headlining Supercar category and Julle Ljungdahl in CrossCar/Crosskart.
The Swede has spent his time since Höljes analysing data with his mentor, two-time FIA World Rallycross Champion Johan Kristoffersson, and training and karting with Ljungdahl. His close connection with popular Westombanan circuit Arvika goes back a long way – from the age of three, he spent hours in the lap of the tractor driver, preparing the track – and now, 17 years on, Andersson is excited to demonstrate what he is capable of on home soil.
“To change from a lightweight, powerful, rear wheel-drive CrossCar to a proper four wheel-drive car was not easy,” acknowledged the 2018 and 2019 RallyX Nordic CrossCar Champion. “Driving the CrossCar is all about finding the grip, whereas driving the Supercar Lites car is completely different – the grip is never a problem, but you need to find the smoothest lines and maintain momentum all around the lap.
“After struggling to get onto the pace initially at Höljes, everything came together during the second free practice session and it was a big relief to go fourth-quickest in FP2, just 0.2s away from the fastest time. That restored my confidence, and after that I could start to focus on the details. To finish P5 in my first-ever rallycross event was better than expected.
“Now, I am really looking forward to competing at my home track. Westombanan is a technical circuit, combining fast corners with some demanding braking zones, which can be difficult to learn. I have analysed every single metre from the first event, and I know what my focus areas will be when the racing starts on Friday.”
The event will benefit from unprecedented exposure and coverage both within Sweden and far further afield. All of the RallyX Nordic and SM Finals action – comprising all races in all classes from Friday through to Sunday – will be streamed live with Swedish commentary on SBF Play, complemented by a three-hour live broadcast of Sunday’s all-important semi-finals and finals on Swedish national television (SVT).
The third round of the RallyX Nordic campaign on Sunday will be simultaneously broadcast by NEP Sweden, following a similar model to the tremendously well-received Höljes production complete with state-of-the-art studio set-up and English commentary. Further details will be revealed shortly.