Noel Eliasson: “I have all the tools to progress”

As Noel Eliasson enters his second consecutive season in the RallyX championship, the 20-year-old Swede knows that he has all the tools at his disposal to try and make his way up the CrossCar hierarchy.

Alongside other participants in the RallyX championship, such as Oliver Eriksson, Jimmie Österberg, Casper Jansson and Lukas Andersson, Noel Eliasson is a member of the Swedish national team for the second year running, which includes some of the hottest names in motorsport, such as Marcus Ericsson, Johan Kristoffersson and Oliver Solberg, to name but a few.

A framework and structure that is sure to be of great benefit to the Swedish driver.

“Being part of the Swedish national team was particularly useful for me at the beginning of the 2023 season, when I was in a bit of a difficult sporting situation in the RallyX championship,” stresses Noel.

“I was able to find all the support and tools I needed, and that’s also the case during the off-season, when I can benefit from a personalised programme to look after my physical condition and improve my driving. In fact, the Swedish national team gives me all the advice I need to become a better driver.”

Last winter, Noel didn’t hesitate to make use of all the resources made available to him.

“After a sporting campaign like the one I had last year, this kind of support is very important. It allows us to take stock of the things that worked and to make a list of all the areas where I need to make progress and the solutions I need to put in place to achieve that.”

Above all, Noel Eliasson is inspired by the advice he receives from the most experienced drivers.

“The exchange with other drivers is also important. It allows me to talk to the most experienced drivers so that I can better anticipate how to react when I have to deal with a particular situation, and I can’t hide the fact that I’ve already learnt a lot from them. Some drivers have been able to experience certain scenarios that are similar to the ones I might have to deal with. Mentally, it also helps me to progress. Above all, you know that you can talk to the biggest names in Swedish motorsport, such as Marcus Ericsson or Johan Kristoffersson, and be sure that they will answer all your questions and tell you what you need to do to continue your development.”

Being part of the Swedish national team should also help Noel Eliasson to make the most appropriate choices in terms of career direction.

“At the moment I don’t know what I’m going to do when I’m done with CrossCar, but the goal is obviously to keep driving, whether it’s in rallying or rallycross,” says Noel.

“However, I think I still have time to think about it. I know I have a long way to go before I can be competitive behind the wheel of a real race car. I’ve already had the opportunity to test a rally car this winter and I’m looking forward to repeating the experience during the season.

Like many others, the young Swede is keeping a close eye on the arrival of the FC2 concept.

“It’s a really good idea to be able to develop a car that can compete with the classic Supercars on a much more affordable budget. I’m convinced it’s a formula that will work and I certainly intend to keep a close eye on these cars. Of course, going straight from CrossCar to FC2 is a big step in terms of budget, but it’s an option I’m definitely interested in for the future. We’ll have to work even harder to bring together even more solid partners, but we’ll have to see what the future has in store for us.”