CE Dealer Team by Volvo Construction Equipment will continue its push for sustainable motorsport and make its debut in the 100% electric RX2e category during the FIA World RX race weekend at Estering on August 19-20 with star drivers Niclas Grönholm and Klara Andersson.
The FIA released a statement regarding the postponement of the RX1e class round in Germany due to the ongoing investigation of the fire at Special ONE Racing’s paddock during the Lydden Hill round.
“While our main preference of course would be to get back racing in RX1e, we understand the importance of letting the investigation of the incident at Lydden Hill run its course,” said Jussi Pinomäki, Team Manager of CE Dealer Team.
“Being at the forefront of technical development will always entail a wide array of challenges and the need to adapt quickly. Thus, we are delighted to be able to provide our fans and partners with thrilling electric rallycross at Estering through our debut in RX2e, as we continue a close dialogue with the FIA and World RX organisers regarding the incident investigation.”
Niclas Grönholm have several previous top five finishes at Estering in the FIA World RX and the Finnish star will make his RX2e debut this weekend.
”Of course, it is sad that we cannot race the RX1e cars. But this is a great way to keep going. I have no expectations for the race, it is a tight field with talented drivers. We are for sure going to have to do our very best, and we will see what we can do,” said Niclas Grönholm.
Swedish rallycross ace Klara Andersson will make her return to RX2e, having raced in the series in 2021.
”It is frustrating not to be back in RX1e yet, but at the same time it is understandable that the investigation needs more time – safety is the number one priority. It’s also great that we get the opportunity to race in RX2e this weekend. It will be fun to get out on the track again and meet all the fans, our partners, and guests. Hopefully we will put on a good show and have fun this weekend,” said Klara Andersson.
”The RX2e car is fun, but it will be challenging as it is very different to the cars in the World RX. It is about the same weight, but half the power. It will be a challenge, but a good challenge.”
CE Dealer Team by Volvo Construction Equipment will have more than 500 guests on site at Estering from hosting dealer Swecon and other partners of the programme, showcasing the latest electric machinery and services.
The race weekend in Germany starts on Saturday with practice sessions, followed by the first two heats later in the day. Sunday features heat three, four and the finals.
The action is broadcast LIVE worldwide on TV – as well as through the RX+ online streaming platform and SVT for Swedish viewers.
CE Dealer Team will shortly reveal the full looks of its RX2e race cars.