PR: LARSSON CONFIRMS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP ENTRY
Sweden’s Robin Larsson has confirmed he will drive all 13 rounds of the 2015 FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy at the wheel of his privately run Audi A1 Supercar.
Larsson makes the transition to the headline World Championship Supercar category after winning last year’s FIA European Rallycross Championship (Euro RX), a title which was also won by Robin’s father Lars who scooped the European trophy on two occasions (2006 and 2007).
“Being in my own team is what keeps me motivated – I know it’s going to be tough with 13 races but I’ve been working very hard to find new sponsors and now everything is looking good for Portugal,” explained Larsson, who challenged several of last year’s front-runners and secured podium finishes at the German and British RX rounds. “We don’t have as much budget as some of the bigger teams but I hope we can show our speed in the first race. We’re going to do some more testing before then and I can’t wait to jump in the car again to try it out.”
Larsson is feeling buoyed by the fact that experienced rallycross driver, Michael Jernberg, will continue as team chief for the Larsson Jernberg Racing Team.
The 22-year-old explained: “Michael is not only my team chief, but also my mentor off-track and he has been working flat out with the car to try and get everything ready in time. He is very knowledgeable when it comes to the sport, building cars and he will help me a lot in the races this year. The car has been rebuilt over the winter and we have a new engine from Trollspeed. When you can only use three engines without incurring a penalty, it becomes increasingly important to have an engine you can rely on.”
The opening round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship takes place in Montalegre (Portugal) next month from 24-26 April.