Lukas Andersson: “I didn’t expect it”

Just as in the 2023 season, when the Supercar Lites rookie confounded all predictions by winning the first two races of the championship, Lukas Andersson managed to repeat the same performance last weekend at Tierp.

The first leader of this 2024 campaign, five points ahead of Casper Jansson, Lukas Andersson offered us a copy-paste of what he had already achieved twelve months earlier.

This confirmed that the speed shown by the 16-year-old Swede last year was no fluke.

Winner of the rally sprint on Friday, the JC Raceteknik driver took advantage of Race 2 and the return to the rallycross format to take his eighth career RallyX win.

“The weekend didn’t get off to a good start with an engine problem and I certainly didn’t expect to win this first race of the season as I’ve had so many ups and downs. Luckily I was able to put it all together in the final,” Lukas said.

“I was a bit familiar with the rally sprint format, having competed in a similar race when I was racing 85cc CrossCars, but with the Supercar Lites it was a new experience that I really enjoyed. Although I didn’t expect to go through such a scenario, let alone win, I managed to do what I wanted with the car in the final. Starting the championship this way was the best thing I could have done.

In Race 2 on Saturday, it was once again his intense duel with Casper Jansson that attracted the most attention. The two Swedes went head-to-head and never let up.

Despite being second in the intermediate classification at the end of Q3, the JC Raceteknik driver managed to catch Casper Jansson in the final thanks to his impressive efficiency on the grid.

“Throughout Race 2 we had a fantastic battle with Casper. Every time one of us got the better of the other in terms of pure speed, the other always managed to respond. I really enjoy those high intensity moments on the track. When it’s that close, you can’t help but enjoy it. My start in the final was good, but I also had a puncture, which made it difficult for me to resist Casper’s pressure. It was tense, but I really enjoyed the duel”.

The leader of the Supercar Lites championship, Lukas Andersson, will head to Kouvola this week, where he will be looking for revenge after a 2023 edition that undoubtedly contributed to destroying his chances of winning the RallyX title.

“Of course I want to take my revenge in Kouvola. It’s not the track where I feel most comfortable, but I’ll go to Finland with a smile on my face and the desire to give it my all. I always go into every race with the desire to win, but it doesn’t matter if I don’t. It’s always more fun to finish the weekend on the top step of the podium, but I don’t put any pressure on myself. We’ve got two good French drivers who showed great speed in Tierp. The same goes for the Daarbak brothers. Personally though, I think Simon Olofsson and Casper Jansson will be even harder to beat than last year, so I’m not taking anything for granted.”