Swedish rallycross team JC Raceteknik crossed the border to Norway for the second round of the 2017 RallyX on Ice Championship at Fuglehaugen Motorcenter in Gol, where Sondre Evjen claimed his first victory of the year and Oscar Solberg finished third to make it a double podium for the team.
Norwegian Sondre Evjen finished third in the opening round of the series at Soderhamn last month, but dominated his home round of the Championship to claim victory in the 18-car field, winning almost every time he went on track. Only once through the whole event, including qualifying races, semi-final and final did the 19-year old not cross the finish line first.
In his first year of Supercar Lites competition in 2016, Evjen used the Fuglehaugen circuit to rack up almost 150 laps of testing, which contributed to his success this weekend, as he prepares for dual campaigns in RallyX Nordic and the international RX2 Championship this year.
Since the opening round of RallyX on Ice last month, where he finished seventh, Oscar Solberg competed in the Swedish round of the FIA World Rally Championship and returned to a Supercar Lites machine in good form. Overcoming problems in the qualifying races, Solberg drove a clever semi-final and a fantastic race in the final to secure his first Supercar Lites podium. The young Norwegian then flew directly to the UK to being testing for his programme in the MSA British Rally Championship this year, but will return for the final round of RallyX on Ice next weekend at Ostersund in Sweden (March 11).
2014 GRC Lites champion Mitchell deJong continued his near-domination of the three-race RallyX on Ice championship this weekend at Fugelhaugen Motorsenter in Gol, Norway. deJong, who made his Supercar debut with Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE last October in Los Angeles, won his semifinal and finished second in the main event to maintain his championship lead.
“This was another exciting weekend!” deJong wrote on instagram after the event. “The venue here is incredible and the track is one of the most exciting and challenging that I’ve driven on. We finished second in the final after some very hard battles. This has also given us the points lead heading into the final race next weekend.”
Fellow GRC Lites veterans Conner Martell, Alexander Westlund, Sandra Hultgren and 2015 champion Oliver Eriksson were also entered into the event. Of the group, only Westlund was able to make it to the semifinals, where he finished fourth; the result was still good enough to get him to the main event, where he placed fifth and locked into third in points.
Martell, making his RallyX on Ice debut, posted finishes of third and first in his first two heats but encountered electrical issues to preclude him from racing in the final. Eriksson, meanwhile, failed to score enough points to reach the semifinals after DNFs in his first two heats; after winning his last two heats, he joined Red Bull GRC play-by-play voice Toby Moody from the commentary booth to add his expertise to the call of the main event.
Here are the Leaderboard for 2017 RallyX on Ice Championship after 2 races:
1. Mitchell deJong 27 points
2. Sondre Evjen 25 points
3. Alexander Westlund 18 points
4. Oscar Solberg 14 points
5. Vasily Gryazin 10 points
6. Thomas Bryntesson 8 points
7.Anders Michalak 6 points
8.Simon Olofsson 6 points
9. Nikolay Gryazin 5 points
10. Oliver Eriksson 5 points
11. Thomas Holmen 4 points
12. Jonathan Walfridson 2 points
13. Hampus Rådström 1 points
14. William Nilsson 1 points
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