Tommy Rustad to contest 2014 FIA European Rallycross with Volvo

Former touring car star Tommy Rustad will contest the 2014 European Rallycross Championship at the wheel of a Volvo C30

Tommy Rustad to contest 2014 FIA European Rallycross with Volvo

The Norwegian drove in two European championship events last season and will focus all of his attention on rallycross this year.

"We have the budget to do six races in 2014, so we will do the five European championship rounds and also Holjes in Sweden," said Rustad. "I am really looking forward to it, and of course my goal is to win the championship.

"I think the European championship will be very competitive, just like the world championship will be too, so we will have to work hard."

One of the most experienced all-rounders on the rallycross grid, Rustad has clear ideas about where he needs to improve ahead of the coming season.

"I need to be much better off the start-line," he said. "When we make a good start we can be fastest. Once the car is rebuilt we will start testing as soon as we can.

"We need to see if we can change settings on the car, or if I need to change my own style."

Rustad drove a Renault Laguna to the British Touring Car Championship Independents' crown in 1998, before moving to Swedish and European Touring Cars. He raced a full European rallycross season in 2006, finishing third.

He contested the British rounds of the World Touring Car Championship at Brands Hatch in 2009, driving a works, bio-ethanol powered Volvo C30, but retired from both races.

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