SAN LUIS, Argentina (November 26, 2014) – The winning Olsbergs MSE Ford team is eyeing another 2014 championship title as the FIA World Rallycross Championship heads into its final race of the season this weekend in Argentina.
“It has been an incredible battle between teams all year and it is going to be an exciting weekend for us in World RX,” said Olsbergs MSE owner Andreas Eriksson. “Olsbergs MSE is going to put it all on the line in Argentina to get a win.”
The Ford squad is challenging for the win in the teams title this weekend, with drivers Andreas Bakkerud and Reinis Nitiss both in contention for a race win in their Ford Fiesta ST rallycross cars.
In 11 rounds of competition so far this season, Olsbergs MSE Ford drivers have scored an impressive 11 World RX podium results — including a pair of wins for Bakkerud (World RX of Great Britain; World RX of Turkey) and a first-ever victory for the teenaged Nitiss who, at only 18 became the youngest driver to take a Supercars win when he stood atop the podium at World RX of Norway.
Also on the Supercars roster this weekend is newcomer Kevin Eriksson, driving the AEM Performance Electronics Ford Fiesta ST. The young driver wrapped up the RX Lites Cup victory in September and this weekend claims his reward, competing in a top-spec Supercar in Argentina. The RX Lites Cup was developed by Olsbergs MSE to foster up-and-coming rallycross talent.
Eriksson is the latest guest driver to join Nitiss and Bakkerud this year. The team has also welcomed 2013 British Touring Car Champion Andrew Jordan, multi-time Swedish Touring Car Champion Richard Göransson and famed Italian rally driver Gigi Galli. Jordan scored third-place overall at World RX of Great Britain, while Göransson earned a second-place result in his Supercars debut at World RX of Italy. Galli finished ninth in his debut at World RX of Italy and no doubt won the hearts of the crowd with his huge airs and flamboyant driving style.
This weekend, the team is focused on a three-way battle for the teams title in the new FIA world championship. Olsbergs MSE has 357 points and heads into the season finale trailing Marklund Motorsport by a slim four points. Peugeot-Hansen remains in contention with 323 points.
Driver Petter Solberg has already locked up the drivers’ crown, but the runner-up position is still within reach for both Nitiss and Bakkerud. The Norwegian Bakkerud was recently awarded the Sportsperson of the Year honour by his home motor club, NMK, plus a prize of 20,000 Krone.
This weekend marks the first time the series has visited the San Luis circuit and every driver will face a steep learning curve when they hit the course for the first time on Friday for two days of rallycross competition. The Olsbergs MSE squad is confident they’ll adjust quickly. In the Global Rallycross Championship, a series that rarely visits the same circuit twice, Olsbergs MSE this year won both the drivers’ championship and manufacturer title for Ford. “The course is new for everybody and we are ready to hit the ground running,” said Eriksson.
In Las Vegas earlier this month, Olsbergs MSE GRC driver Joni Wiman scored the 2014 Global Rallycross Championship title in his Red Bull/Bluebeam Ford Fiesta ST. Wiman and teammate Patrik Sandell — who pilots the Kobalt Tools Ford Fiesta ST for Olsbergs MSE — were also key contributors in securing the GRC manufacturers championship for Ford.
Competition gets underway at the Rosendo Hernandez Track with practice and opening heats set for Friday (November 28). Final heats and the main event are set to take place on Saturday (November 29), with on-track action starting at 10 a.m. (local time).
2014 OLSBERGS MSE WORLD RX RESULTS (11 of 12 rounds):
May 3 – 4: World RX of Portugal, Montalegre (Bakkerud 2nd; Nitiss 3rd)
May 24 – 25: World RX of Great Britain, Lydden Hill (Bakkerud 1st; Nitiss 7th; Andrew Jordan 3rd)
June 14 – 15: World RX of Norway, Hell (Nitiss 1st; Bakkerud 9th)
June 28 – 29: World RX of Finland, Kouvola (Bakkerud 2nd; Nitiss 3rd)
July 5 – 6: World RX of Sweden, Höljes Motorstadion (Bakkerud 2nd; Nitiss 4th)
July 12 – 13: World RX of Belgium, Circuit Jules Tacheny (Nitiss 9th; Bakkerud 30th)
August 7 – 8: World RX of Canada, GP3R: Trois-Rivieres (Nitiss 4th; Bakkerud 8th, Joni Wiman 9th)
September 6 – 7: World RX of France, Lohéac (Nitiss 2nd; Bakkerud 8th)
September 20 – 21: World RX of Germany, Estering (Bakkerud 11th; Nitiss 16th)
September 27 – 28: World RX of Italy (Richard Göransson 2nd; Bakkerud 6th; Gigi Galli 9th; Nitiss 11th)
October 11 – 12: World RX of Turkey (Bakkerud 1st; Nitiss 7th; Richard Göransson 9th)
ABOUT WORLD RX:
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. The race action is broadcast in more than 100 countries with a combined household reach of 816 million homes. The championship is made up of 12 rounds: Portugal, Great Britain, Norway, Finland, Sweden, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Turkey and Argentina.
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 20 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 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 Sweden and the United States.
In 2014, Olsbergs MSE has campaigned leading cars in World RX, the Global Rallycross Championship, and the Rallycross Supercar Scandinavia championship.
OLSBERGS MSE IS POWERED BY:
Ford (www.ford.com); Red Bull (www.redbull.com); Kobalt Tools (www.kobalttools.com); Bluebeam (www.bluebeam.com); Olsbergs (www.olsbergs.se); Ohlins (www.ohlins.com); Motegi Racing (www.motegiracing.com); AEM (www.aemelectronics.com); Eibach Springs (www.eibach.com); Royal Purple (www.royalpurple.com) Sparco (www.sparcousa.com); Magnaflow (www.magnaflow.com); Braille Battery (www.braillebattery.com); Alcon (www.alcon.co.uk); Sadev (www.sadev-tm.com); Mountune (www.mountune.com)