NYNÄSHAMN, Sweden (April 23, 2014) – Championship rallycross operation Olsbergs MSE is mounting a two-car campaign on the 2014 FIA World Rallycross Championship, presented by Monster Energy. The team will race into the season with its new driver roster at the first championship round early next month in Portugal.
“It has been incredible to have grown with this series as it has developed into an FIA World Championship,” said Olsbergs MSE CEO Andreas Eriksson. “Our team is ready for this year’s challenge with a Ford Fiesta ST that is better than ever and a pair of young champions that represent the future of this sport.
Debuting with the team this season is Andreas Bakkerud. The young Norwegian finished in fourth-place in his debut Supercar season in Europe last year, following back-to-back Rallycross Super 1600 titles in Europe.
“It is great to be a part of the Olsbergs MSE team this season. It’s an organization that does everything 100 per cent and that makes me confident going into this season,” says Bakkerud. “It will be hard to win this year, but I will give it my all to fight to the last checkered flag in Argentina.”
Young Latvian Reinis Nitišs also joins OMSE’s Supercar effort, following his own dominant season in the 2013 Super 1600 championship in Europe and appearances in two GRC Lites contests in the United States.
“I am proud to be a part of this team in World RX this season as I learn and develop from a Super1600 driver to a Supercar driver,” said Nitišs. “After a few races we can say more about my goals. In Latvia we say: ‘You can count chickens in the autumn.’”
Two-time World Rally Champion Marcus Grönholm and British Touring Car Champion Andrew Jordan work with the team as test drivers and driver coaches in 2014.
The Olsbergs MSE Ford Fiesta rallycross cars are class of the field at any race they enter. The powerful, 600-horsepower all-wheel drive machines are top performers that have scored countless wins and podiums at races around the world. The cars have benefited from an aggressive schedule of off-season testing and development and enter the 2014 World RX Championship stronger than ever before.
The first round of World RX in Portugal will also mark the start of the new RX Lites championship. The exciting new spec class is designed to foster future talent by leveling the playing field and focusing the race on driver success. It features identical 310 horsepower all-wheel drive machines purpose-built by Olsbergs MSE for the sport of rallycross. The series will join seven World RX rounds: Portugal, Great Britain, Finland, Sweden, Canada, Italy and Turkey, and the winning driver will be reward with a drive in a 600 horsepower Supercar run by Olsbergs MSE at the World RX season finale in Argentina.
Olsbergs MSE is led by CEO Andreas Eriksson, himself a championship rally driver and veteran rallycross driver. He is supported by three-time European Rallycross Champion Jussi Pinomäki as co-team manager. Two-time World Rally Champion Marcus Grönholm and British Touring Car Champion Andrew Jordan work with the team as test drivers and driver coaches.
In 2014, OMSE will campaign leading cars in the Global Rallycross Championship, the World Rallycross Championship, and the Rallycross Supercar Scandinavia Championship.
2014 WORLD RX SCHEDULE
May 3 – 4: World RX of Portugal, Montalegre
May 24 – 25: World RX of Great Britain, Lydden Hill Race Circuit
June 14 – 15: World RX of Norway, Hell
June 28 – 29: World RX of Finland, Kouvola
July 5 – 6: World RX of Sweden, Höljes Motorstadion
July 12 – 13: World RX of Belgium, Circuit Jules Tacheny
August 7 – 8: World RX of Canada, Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres
September 6 – 7: World RX of France, Lohéac
September 20 – 21: World RX of Germany, Estering
September 27 – 28: World RX of Italy, Franciacorta International Circuit
October 11 – 12: World RX of Turkey, Intercity Istanbul Park
November 28 – 20: World RX of Argentina, San Luis
ABOUT FIA WORLD RALLYCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP The FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy combines all the best aspects of motor racing in one. It’s fast, competitive and spectacular. It’s bold, authentic and relatable. Within it are all the elements of four-wheel racing that you love.
ABOUT OLSBERGS MSE
Olsbergs MSE designs, builds and operates winning competition cars for motorsport. It is recognized as the global authority in the growing sport of rallycross.
OMSE is a Ford Racing technical partner, developing the Ford Fiesta platform for international competition. Together, Ford and OMSE have earned an astonishing 19 X Games medals, including podium sweeps at the world’s leading action sports contest (Los Angeles, 2011; Brazil 2013). The team has also scored every rallycross championship in the United States since the sport debuted in that country in 2010, and its drivers are podium regulars in European Rallycross competition.
Founded in 2009, the organization represents a partnership between historic Swedish industrial company Olsbergs and rallycross specialists Motor Sport Evolution. In 2013, the company expanded its operations into the United States and now has dual headquarters with operations in both Nynäshamn, Sweden, and Huntington Beach, Calif.
In 2014, OMSE will campaign leading cars in World RX, the Global Rallycross Championship, and the Rallycross Supercar Scandinavia championship.
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