RX2 driver quotes after South Africa final races 2018

RX2 driver quotes after South Africa final races 2018

26.11.2018: 2018 RX2 International Series presented by Cooper Tires South Africa, Cape Town November 25th, 2018 Quote, Unquote Oliver Eriksson (Champion): “This means everything to me – it’s an amazing feeling. It’s been a really hard-fought season,

2018 RX2 International Series presented by Cooper Tires
South Africa, Cape Town
November 25th, 2018

Quote, Unquote

Oliver Eriksson (Champion):
“This means everything to me – it’s an amazing feeling. It’s been a really hard-fought season, but at the same time, so much fun with a lot of good, clean racing on the track and a great camaraderie between the drivers in the paddock. It’s taught me a lot and helped to make me more complete as a competitor.

The OMSE boys work day and night both at the circuit and back at the workshop to improve every single detail, so all credit to them for a phenomenal team effort. Guillaume [De Ridder] has been a great rival, team-mate and above all friend; we come from very different racing backgrounds, but right from day one, we shared everything and that has enabled us to really learn a lot from each other. It was rough luck for him in the semi-final, and then I had my own bad luck in the final.

I felt really good out there and was beginning to build a gap, but the car just shut down and there was nothing I could do about it. We clearly weren’t meant to win in Cape Town today, but by that stage, fortunately, the main job was done and the most important trophy was already in the bag.”

Ben-Philip Gundersen (1st):
“It’s been a fantastic weekend – the perfect way to end the season. It was my first time in South Africa, and I knew that a lot of the other drivers had raced here last year so I kept my expectations in-check to begin with. I like the track and quickly felt confident out there, but even so, I was surprised to be so quick so soon and to go fastest in Q1 while I was still getting to grips with it.

That was really promising for the rest of the weekend, and we just kept the momentum going. We looked set to finish second in the final until Oliver [Eriksson] had his problem, so it’s amazing to come away with the win and a one-two-four for JC Raceteknik. The level of competition in RX2 is extremely high and we’ve certainly had our share of ups-and-downs in 2018, but I’ve really enjoyed the experience and it’s great to finish the year on the top step.”

Sondre Evjen (2nd)
: “The weekend started off really well for me with the fastest time in free practice, but then we seemed to struggle for speed and track position yesterday. Things improved today and we survived a big fight and contact from behind in the semi-final before avoiding all the chaos in the final to end up on the podium.

I was really lucky when Oliver [Eriksson] stopped, because I was just far enough back that I saw him in time to take evasive action. The boys at JC Raceteknik work so hard and unfailingly give us good cars, so to come away with a one-two-four is a great and hugely well-deserved result for all of them – and for me personally, after a difficult run in the middle of the season, this is a really positive way to go into the winter break and begin preparing for next year.”

Vasiliy Gryazin (3rd): “
I’ve been so close to the podium so many times this season and reached the final on five occasions out of seven, so to finally make it up there is brilliant – it’s been a long time since my first RX2 podium in France last year! They were tough races this weekend, with a lot of incidents, and in the final, I couldn’t see a thing when I hit Oliver [Eriksson].

That left me with damaged steering, and I was worried I wouldn’t get to the end of the race – I was certainly relieved it didn’t go on for any longer! I was very fortunate in that respect, and third place is a really good way to finish the season. It also means we have improved two positions in the championship compared to 2017 – so we’re moving in the right direction.”

Andreas Eriksson, RX2 International Series presented by Cooper Tires CEO
: “Like last year, Cape Town put on a fantastic event for the final RX2 round of the campaign, and our drivers rewarded the enthusiastic fans with some sensational racing and on-track battles. Huge congratulations to Oliver Eriksson for his title success – he has proved his potential all season and is an immensely deserving champion.

He was challenged all the way by Guillaume De Ridder, who pushed him to raise his game as they both brought out the very best in each other. Great credit must also go to JC Raceteknik, not only for their one-two finish in South Africa with Ben-Philip Gundersen and Sondre Evjen, but also for clinching third position overall with Henrik Krogstad in his first season in RX2. The calibre of competition in the series this year has been tremendously high, and we are already looking forward to discovering even more rallycross stars of the future in 2019.”

Final Result

1. Ben-Philip GUNDERSEN (NOR) JC Raceteknik 6 laps
2. Sondre EVJEN (NOR) JC Raceteknik + 2.971s
3. Vasiliy GRYAZIN (LVA) Sports Racing Technologies +5.668s
4. William NILSSON (SWE) JC Raceteknik + 8.141s
5. Sami-Matti TROGEN (FIN) SET Promotion +38.930s
6. Oliver ERIKSSON (SWE) Olsbergs MSE +5 laps

Championship Standings

1. Oliver Eriksson (SWE) 175 points
2. Guillaume De Ridder (BEL) 156 points
3. Henrik Krogstad (NOR) 121 points
4. Ben-Philip Gundersen (NOR) 119 points
5. Vasiliy Gryazin (LVA) 118 points
6. Sondre Evjen (NOR) 106 points
7. William Nilsson (SWE) 93 points
8. Jami Kalliomäki (FIN) 83 points
9. Conner Martell (USA) 80 points
10. Sami-Matti Trogen (FIN) 79 points




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