Marcus Norman has encouraged even more fans to watch RallyX Nordic after a spectacular 2021 season which saw the Championship attract huge broadcast and livestream viewership figures.
The Swede, who competes in the Open 2WD category and won Round 6 of the campaign at OuluZone on his way to third in the overall standings, has praised the organisation of the series and the level of competition across the five-class programme.
A combined total of more than 180,000 views have been recorded on the RallyX TV YouTube streams of Rounds 3 and 4 at Höljes alone, while the weekend of racing at the iconic Värmland track – like the other three meetings of the season – was also shown live on national television.
“The RallyX Nordic Championship package is great, I hope that even more people follow the races and jump on the train next year,” said Norman.
“It’s professional and well-organised, so a big shout-out too all the people behind the events!
“My plans are definitely to stay on the grid next year – no question about that! I also have big plans to update the car. I’m not going to tell you everything but it’s going to be really cool so stay tuned!”
Norman drove an eye-catching Mazda RX8 with a howling rotary engine throughout the 2021 season, recording a second place in Round 5 at OuluZone before finally bagging a popular victory 24 hours later.
Taking part in the crowd-pleasing Open 2WD category, which sees a hugely diverse range of cars compete against each other, Norman finished third in the championship standings despite missing two rounds of the campaign.
“I feel pleased about the season, but I’m not overwhelmed,” he said. “I feel that I could have finished higher up on the podium on a number of occasions and finished even higher on the championship.
“My performance this year have been a little bit shaky, and I needed more hours in the car. This year have been a little bit tricky, and after Denmark I even had plans to cancel the rest of the season due to personal issues.
“I didn’t compete at Höljes and I lost a good amount of points there, but I managed to finish the rest of the season in the end.
“The level of competition at the season finale in Arvika was very high, and I hope to see this line-up of drivers compete across a whole season!”
Norman paid tribute to his sponsors and team for their hard work and support during the campaign, which was made more complicated due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
“As always, I’m super grateful for what my team and family do to support me,” he said. “I have the best girlfriend who is always there for me – she have been so supportive – and we have two kids under 2.5 years, so that is a big task to handle alone, especially due to Covid-19 and all the restrictions.
“The sponsors have been super important and, considering the uncertainty surrounding Covid-19, I’m so amazed and grateful that they all came through for me. It is very difficult for companies and businesses right now and without them I wouldn’t be driving, so I’m super happy!”
Missed any of the RallyX Nordic action this season? Head over to the RallyX TV YouTube Channel to catch up on full live streams from Rounds 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7.