World Rallycross Championship-winning rallycross team, JC Raceteknik, has committed to RallyX for 2022 as its primary internal combustion engine programme, and has revealed its first two Audi S1 Supercar drivers.
Norwegian Sondre Evjen and Swede Philip Gehrman will compete for the Joel Christoffersson-run team in the Supercar class, while Jimmie Walfridson will race in Supercar Lites and Lukas Andersson and Erik Nilsson will compete for the team in Crosscar Junior.
“This year RallyX will be our main focus with the internal combustion engine cars and we have a very strong line-up with four Supercars and one driver in Supercar Lites,” said JC Raceteknik team principal Joel Christoffersson. “We have an exciting season ahead of us, with the goal of taking home championship medals.”
Former Supercar Lites racer Evjen finished third overall in RallyX 2021 after a season-long battle with Fraser McConnell, and will continue to race an Audi S1 with the JC squad in 2022.
“This season will be really fun. We have a good base with us from last year, both in the setup of the car and for me as a driver. We will build on that to raise the level further. The competition is always tough in RallyX and I’m sure that there will be many exciting battles on track,” said Evjen. “Last year we had good peaks, with fast times and good pace. But, some inexperience meant that we eventually lost second place in the championship by only one point. The goal this year is to score a better result in the championship and win events, of course.”
Swede Philip Gehrman, a multiple podium-finisher in RallyX 2017 racing an Eklund Motorsport Volkswagen Beetle, switched from a Volkswagen Polo run by his own team to an EKS-built Audi S1 for the final RallyX round at Arvika last year and delivered strong promise. For RallyX 2022 he has signed with JC Raceteknik to continue racing the Audi Supercar, and like Evjen, has high hopes for the season.
“It feels like I will get a genuine chance to show what I am capable of this year, so the feeling before the season is really good. Of course anything can happen in rallycross, but you cannot have much better conditions than this,” said Gehrman. “Last year it was basically World Championship level in RallyX, so the competition is likely to be fierce again this year. But, I know as a driver I have the capacity to get on the podium in events, and hopefully also secure a medal in the championship. Although a lot is new, I go in this with high hopes, the event in Arvika last year gave us a good taste of what’s possible.”
Jimmie Walfidson will return to Supercar Lites for a full season campaign with the JC Raceteknik team, following a sabbatical during the Covid-19 pandemic. The team will also continue its junior programme, with Erik Nilsson and reigning champion Lukas Andersson in the Crosscar Junior class.
Holjes will host the first two 2022 RallyX rounds on May 14-15. You can get tickets to watch the amazing rallycross action here.
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