RX2 driver quotes after Spa races

RX2 driver quotes after Spa races

13.05.2019: Quote, Unquote Oliver Eriksson (1st): “There were times over the weekend when it really didn’t feel like it was going to end this way! As a team, we had great pace but

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Oliver Eriksson (1st):
“There were times over the weekend when it really didn’t feel like it was going to end this way! As a team, we had great pace but until the final, Jesse seemed to always be one step ahead of me, so when we lined up alongside each other on the front row, I knew I needed to beat him off the line because the joker was so short that it was difficult to make a difference there. I just hooked it up, sent it and hoped for the best – and it paid off!



After that, it was a pretty spotless race, to be honest, although there was a ‘moment’ when I clipped the concrete wall at the end of the second lap and the car momentarily switched direction. It was a decent hit and I thought that was game over, but thankfully, these Supercar Lites cars are built to withstand a lot of abuse!




Jesse was briefly able to get up my inside, but I managed to shut the door just in time. That was a lucky escape, but I guess we had our fair share of bad luck on Saturday. It’s been a near-perfect start to the season overall – two from two. We’re learning all the time and are definitely the team to beat right now – and that feels great.”
 





Jesse Kallio (2nd): “A
lmost the perfect weekend! I’m obviously a little bit disappointed because I always want to win and we came so close, but I have to be happy overall. At the end of the day, I need to remind myself it was only my second event in RX2 and to have taken two podiums from the first two weekends and be sitting second in the championship is a great start to the season.



Spa was definitely a step forward from Barcelona in terms of competitiveness, and it was great to see how similar my lap times were to Oliver’s. It was also a real confidence boost to be top qualifier for the first time in RX2. Once Oli got past me at the start of the final, I knew it was going to be tough to get back ahead because we’d been so close on pace all weekend.




It’s difficult here with such a tight inside line into Turn One – you don’t want to run too close to the wall, and whoever is on your outside can carry more speed through the corner. Still, we know we are capable of fighting for victory now when we put all the pieces of the puzzle together, so I need to make sure I learn as much as I can from Oli’s data and come back even stronger at Silverstone. After finishing third in Spain and second here, there can only really be one goal going there...”
 




Ben-Philip Gundersen (3rd):
“I’m happy with third place – I really needed a good weekend after Barcelona, because we lost a lot of points there and two bad results at the start of the season would have been pretty disastrous championship-wise. I enjoyed the circuit at Spa – they’ve done a great job with it – and the qualifying races went well, with the exception of Q4, when Oliver and I touched slightly at the start, which sent me out wide. That was just racing, though – I would probably have done the same in his shoes.




We weren’t quite as quick in the dry on Sunday as we had been in the wet on Saturday and we didn’t really have the pace to rival the two Olsbergs boys ahead in the final, but congratulations to them on the one-two finish. Like in Spain, we were amongst the three fastest drivers on the track most of the time, which is encouraging – now we need to figure out how to find that little bit extra to properly take the fight to them next time...”
 





Andreas Eriksson, RX2 International Series presented by Cooper Tires CEO
: “What a show Spa put on for us on our debut here, and I think we gave the spectators a similarly exciting show in return! As a race circuit, Spa has established a legendary reputation in the sport, and I see no reason why the rallycross track should not go on to do the same – all the ingredients are there.




Its design truly brought out the best in the RX2 drivers, with some of the wheel-to-wheel battles through the iconic Eau Rouge corner pulling everybody to their feet. The racing was first-class, and it was another superb demonstration of just why these guys are very much the future of our sport – a future that, as I have said before, is in extremely safe hands.”
 




Final Result



 
1. Oliver ERIKSSON (SWE) Olsbergs MSE 6 laps
2. Jesse KALLIO (FIN) Olsbergs MSE +0.399s
3. Ben-Philip GUNDERSEN (NOR) JC Raceteknik +3.417s
4. Sami-Matti TROGEN (FIN) SET Promotion +6.215s
5. Fraser MCCONNELL (JAM) Olsbergs MSE +6.278s
6. William NILSSON (SWE) JC Raceteknik +6.795s
 



Championship Standings

 
1. Oliver Eriksson (SWE) 59 points
2. Jesse Kallio (FIN) 50 points
3. Fraser McConnell (JAM) 46 points
4. Sami-Matti Trogen (FIN) 36 points
5. Vasiliy Gryazin (LVA) 34 points
6. Ben-Philip Gundersen (NOR) 27 points
7. Simon Olofsson (SWE) 25 points
8. Damien Meunier (FRA) 25 points
9. William Nilsson (SWE) 23 points
10. Anders Michalak (SWE) 22 points




The 2019 RX2 International Series presented by Cooper Tires will comprise seven rounds in support of the FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy, visiting Spain, Belgium, Great Britain, Norway, Sweden, France and South Africa.
 



2019 RX2 International Series presented by Cooper Tires Calendar

 
April 27/28    Barcelona, Spain
May 11/12    Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium
May 25/26    Silverstone, Great Britain
June 15/16         Hell, Norway
July 06/07    Höljes, Sweden
August 31/September 01    Lohéac, France
November 09/10    Cape Town, South Africa




 

 
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