After winning two titles in the Norwegian Championship and the Northern European Championship Zone, Eirik Steinsholt will make his debut in the Senior CrossCar category of the RallyX Championship in 2024.
The 16-year-old Norwegian driver is no stranger to RallyX, having already competed in four races in the Junior CrossCar category in 2022.
In addition to his NEZ championship crown, Ole-Henry Steinsholt’s cousin has made a name for himself with four top-3 finishes in the Norwegian National Championship since the 2018 season.
This time around, Eirik Steinsholt is preparing to open a new chapter in his sporting career at the wheel of a Speedcar Wonder chassis.
“I think the time has come for me to take the next step in my development by entering a full season in this RallyX championship, which will quite simply allow me to compete against the best drivers,” stresses Eirik.
Excited at the thought of showing his potential in the spotlight of the RallyX championship, Eirik will also be able to draw on the experience he gained at Höljes and Kouvola in 2022.
“The few races I’ve driven in RallyX so far have always been great fun. The level of racing is high, while we’re lucky enough to be able to compete on some of the best rallycross tracks. If I want to continue my development as a driver, I know that the RallyX championship is the ideal platform to achieve my goals.”
For the Northern European Champion (NEZ – ed.), this 2024 campaign will first and foremost be an opportunity to find his feet in a completely new category.
“I’m expecting an incredibly tough season. The level of my rivals is insane and there are a lot of them who have incredible experience compared to me. That’s why I see 2024 as a season to gain experience and see where I stand in relation to the others. But if the results follow, it will be even more satisfying.”
Eirik will also be able to count on the sound advice of former Super1600, FIA RX2e and Supercar Lites competitor Ole-Henry Steinsholt.
“Ole-Henry has always made sure that I have the best possible support by giving me lots of advice and tips. The Steinsholts are one big motorsport family. Both Ole-Henry and I, our parents and grandparents have always been involved in racing. For me, my ultimate dream would be to compete in Supercar one day, but right now I’m concentrating on 2024. I’ve been able to put in a lot of miles on the ice this winter and the nearest circuit is only 15 minutes from my home, so I can race as often as possible.”
Sixth in the 2022 FIA CrossCar Academy Trophy and Norway’s ambassador at the FIA Motorsport Games, Eirik Steinsholt will be one of the rookies to watch this year.