Swedish quartet enter fray as FIA RX2e Championship heads to Höljes

Swedish quartet enter fray as FIA RX2e Championship heads to Höljes

18.08.2021: • FIA RX2e Championship continues at World RX of Sweden • Rising stars strengthen Round 2 entry list at Höljes • De Ridder holds advantage after Catalunya clean sweep • Every race available live on RX+ platform

•    FIA RX2e Championship continues at World RX of Sweden

•    Rising stars strengthen Round 2 entry list at Höljes

•    De Ridder holds advantage after Catalunya clean sweep

•    Every race available live on RX+ platform




The FIA RX2e Championship continues at Höljes this weekend, with an exciting squad of local stars joining the grid for Round 2 of the pioneering series' debut season.



Four native drivers have joined the field for the second outing of RX2e's inaugural campaign, with the first-ever FIA electric rallycross championship reprising its role as lead support category on the FIA World Rallycross Championship undercard.



Nils Andersson, Isak Reiersen, Isak Sjökvist and Linus Östlund are all on the hunt for success at the World RX of Sweden but the quartet will have their work cut out catching Guillaume De Ridder if the Belgian replicates his form from the curtain-raiser at Catalunya.



De Ridder completed a dominant clean sweep at the Circuit de Catalunya, claiming victory in every single session to become the maiden RX2e race winner and take an early lead in the Drivers' Standings.



The 28-year-old was pushed all the way by Fraser McConnell and Jesse Kallio, but an eagerly-anticipated three-way showdown failed to materialise after the former RX2 sparring partners came together in the first corner of the final.



The trio will renew their rivalry at Höljes this week, while Patrick O'Donovan will be doing his best to reproduce his impressive third-place finish in Round 1 – achieved on his international rallycross debut.



Popular Spaniard Pablo Suárez is another returning face, having just missed out on the rostrum at his home event in Barcelona, and pacy Frenchman Damien Meunier will be hoping for better luck after a frustrating opening weekend – the former RX2 finalist having shown the potential to challenge for a podium before suffering consecutive qualifying DNFs which halted his momentum.



While the majority of the grid have already got one event under their belt driving the cutting-edge RX2e cars, the new Swedish contingent will be looking to utilise home advantage to make up for lost time.



None of the quartet know Höljes better than Östlund, with the 21-year-old having grown up at the famous Värmland circuit, while his RallyX Nordic Supercar Lites rival Andersson won at the legendary venue earlier this term.



Meanwhile, Sjökvist has shown rapid improvement throughout his first full season after graduating from karting and Reiersen – a junior member of leading World RX outfit EKS JC – arrives with an impressive career résumé and will be looking to make waves on his international debut just one week after clinching the RallyX Nordic CrossCar/Crosskart crown.



Pere Gonzalez, Project Manager, FIA RX2e Championship, said:
“The inaugural FIA RX2e Championship got us off to an electrifying start in Barcelona, and we are confident that the high-octane action will continue in Höljes.



"We have a world class line-up of promising young talent assembled for the World RX of Sweden, with a number of native drivers out to prove their worth on home turf, and we cannot wait to see the highly-competitive field push the RX2e car to its limit around one of the most iconic venues in rallycross history."





Where to Watch



Racing is set to begin at 1130 CEST on Saturday, 21 August, with all of the action across the board to be live-streamed in HD via the new RX+ broadcast platform. This premium production will grant subscribers unparalleled and unprecedented access anytime, anywhere and on any device, offering a choice of viewing angles, in-depth expert analysis, special behind-the-scenes features and exclusive interviews.



The Full Season Pass is still on sale for the special launch price of €29,99, representing a 40% discount on the regular price of €49,99 and guaranteeing access until the end of the year. The Event Pass for Swecon World RX of Sweden is currently available for €4,79 (using promo code RXPLUS40), again representing a 40% saving on the regular price of €7,99.






RX2e official entry list – World RX of Sweden


5    Pablo Suárez    ESP    Monlau Competición
13    Patrick O’Donovan    GBR    Patrick O’Donovan
14    Nils Andersson    SWE    Kristoffersson Motorsport
18    Linus Östlund    SWE    Linus Östlund
21    Damien Meunier    FRA    Damien Meunier
35    Fraser McConnell    SWE    Fraser McConnell
47    Jesse Kallio    FIN    Jesse Kallio
82    Isak Sjökvist     SWE    Isak Sjökvist
96    Guillaume De Ridder    BEL    Guillaume De Ridder
170    Isak Reiersen    SWE    EKS JC




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