Simon Tiger has warned that he still has the potential to improve further despite dominating the Open 2WD category of the RallyX Nordic presented by Cooper Tires Championship.
A brand new class on the RallyX Nordic programme for 2021, Open 2WD has produced plenty of wheel-to-wheel action and proved a hugely popular addition to the paddock with the diverse range of competing cars on show.
But Tiger has been head and shoulders above the opposition in his eye-catching BMW E30 M3, winning five of the six rounds so far this campaign to put him within touching distance of the title.
Speaking ahead of the final round in Arvika later this summer (13-15 August), Tiger said: “This season could not have gone any better! I have not been doing any testing so I had to develop the car on race weekends instead.
“I’ve still got a lot of work to do before it is as quick as it can be but I’ve been the first car over the finish line in every final this year. Thats okay, I think!”
Tiger looked set for a clean sweep of victories this season, having completed back-to-back doubles at Nysum and Höljes before taking victory in Round 5 at OuluZone.
However, the Swede was involved in a turn one clash with fired-up Finnish driver Tuomas Venäläinen and his flame-spitting Ford Escort in the Round 6 final at OuluZone, which put paid to his unbeaten record.
Tiger did actually finish first on the track in that race but was subsequently excluded for his role in the incident, allowing Marcus Norman to take the win in his rotary-engined Mazda RX8.
Looking ahead, the Open 2WD points leader is expecting some fierce competition in Arvika but has his eyes on the prize.
Tiger said: “I’m really excited for the final round because there are hopefully some Swedish drivers coming that haven’t been driving all year and they are crazy fast! It will be another good opportunity to see where we really stand with the car.
“I have also got a good lead in the championship so I am looking forward to taking the title back home to the north!
“Competing on the RallyX Nordic programme has been amazing. Everything in this series feels so professional and modernised. I have not been at better events than those put on by RallyX Nordic!
“It is a shame that fans haven’t been able to attend but hopefully next year we can have some supporters back at the track!”
The RallyX Nordic presented by Cooper Tires Championship reaches its dramatic conclusion with Round 7 at Arvika in Sweden (August 13-15). Remember to catch all the action live and for free on the RallyX TV YouTube Channel.