Olsbergs MSE back to World Rallycross after Global Rallycross exit

Olsbergs MSE will return to the World Rallycross Championship this season with a pair of all-new Ford Fiesta Supercars, having withdrawn from Global RallyCross

Olsbergs MSE back to World Rallycross after Global Rallycross exit

Kevin Eriksson, son of team owner Andreas, will return to his family team having driven for the MJP Racing squad in World RX last year, while 2014 European Rallycross champion Robin Larsson will join him.

Both drivers are World RX race-winners, Larsson having scored victory in Argentina in 2015 driving an Audi A1, while Eriksson won the German round for OMSE in '16.

The OMSE squad won the teams' title in the first year of World RX in 2014, and won the GRC three times.

"Concentrating our efforts in Europe and on the international stage offers a number of advantages," said Andreas Eriksson.

"First and foremost, we are excited to see what our rapid new line-up of Kevin and Robin can achieve out on track.

"2018 is a big year for Olsbergs MSE with an all-new car for the forthcoming campaign, fitted with our own latest-specification custom engine that has already proven itself as a winning powerplant."

At the first of two official World RX pre-season tests, which began on Wednesday at Loheac in France, OMSE fielded a development version of its Fiesta, featuring a front-mounted engine cooling package, a concept used by Volkswagen Motorsport in World RX last season with its PSRX VW Sweden-run Polo.

The development-specification Fiesta also appeared to feature an inboard suspension system, pioneered in the rallycross Supercar concept by the OMSE squad on the Honda Civic it has run in the GRC for the last two years.

"We have a very good car, the best we've ever built," Eriksson Sr told Autosport.

"If it's good enough, we don't know. We have the tools and we want to win races. The last decision [to do this] came late, but we have been working on the development behind the scenes and done a lot of testing. I'm not here just to participate at all."

Kevin Eriksson said he was pleased to be returning to his family team.

"It will be a very interesting year, we have a new concept and it feels very good to be back," he told Autosport.

"I feel that I've grown as a person and as a race driver and hopefully I can bring that to the team this season.

"We are still a small team but I think we have the package to be fighting the manufacturer guys. We want to show them you don't need the money they spend."

Larsson has only previously driven for his own team in rallycross.

"There's a lot of new things to get into, to work with the team," the 25-year-old told Autosport.

"I think me and Kevin need to be very strong at working together this year, because we are not a factory team.

"It's going to be a really though season but I like to be the underdog so I'm excited."

SPEEDMACHINE - The British round of the WRX comes to Silverstone on May 25-27. To book your tickets visit www.speedmachine.com. For a limited time only get discounts on adult tickets using the codes SMW10 for weekends, SSMSAT10 for Saturday and SMSUN for Sunday

shares
comments
Double WRC champion Marcus Gronholm launches Hyundai World RX team

Previous article

Double WRC champion Marcus Gronholm launches Hyundai World RX team

Next article

Ekstrom's new World Rallycross EKS Audi for 2018 makes debut

Ekstrom's new World Rallycross EKS Audi for 2018 makes debut
Load comments

About this article

Series World Rallycross
Teams Olsbergs MSE
Author Hal Ridge
From Lebanon to cross-category world titles - a rally legend's top 10 Plus

From Lebanon to cross-category world titles - a rally legend's top 10

Petter Solberg has called time on his top-flight career after winning titles in two FIA world championships. Here, the 2003 rally and '14/15 rallycross king recalls his 10 best events - including the moment where all his success began

World Rallycross
Nov 7, 2019
How to make an F1 venue fit for World RX Plus

How to make an F1 venue fit for World RX

World Rallycross makes its first appearance at Silverstone this year as part of the 'Speedmachine' festival in May. We take a look at how the new rallycross track fared in its debut event

World Rallycross
Mar 22, 2018
Volkswagen hasn't disappeared completely Plus

Volkswagen hasn't disappeared completely

Volkswagen's abrupt departure from the World Rally Championship it was dominating was one of the winter's biggest shocks. Now 2003 WRC champion Petter Solberg's World Rallycross team has VW support. What does that mean for World RX and what remains of Volkswagen Motorsport?

World Rallycross
Apr 3, 2017
Why rallycross is becoming irresistible Plus

Why rallycross is becoming irresistible

Sebastien Loeb started a new journey in his motorsport career last weekend, but he wasn't the only attraction in Portugal. DAVID EVANS examines why the World Rallycross product works so well

World Rallycross
Apr 21, 2016
How good is World Rallycross? Plus

How good is World Rallycross?

The entries are strong, the cars are powerful and it can teach the WRC a thing or two about promotion. But after visiting the Lydden Hill round, DAVID EVANS still has his doubts

World Rallycross
May 30, 2014
New rallycross golden age comes to Britain Plus

New rallycross golden age comes to Britain

The sport began at Lydden in the late 1960s and this weekend the new-look World Rallycross Championship will strut its stuff at the Kent venue. HAL RIDGE explains why it will be unmissable

World Rallycross
May 23, 2014
Solberg: why rallycross is my future Plus

Solberg: why rallycross is my future

PETTER SOLBERG had a rough first season back in rallycross, but that hasn't deterred him from signing up for the first year of its new era in 2014, as he explains in his AUTOSPORT column

World Rallycross
Oct 16, 2013
Solberg: back to school Plus

Solberg: back to school

Petter Solberg says that there's still lots to learn about running a successful rallycross campaign, but he's really enjoying getting back to his roots

World Rallycross
Apr 2, 2013