Kevin Eriksson has won the second round of RallyX on Ice at Höljes in Sweden today (10 February), after coming out on top of a spellbinding Scandinavian snow fight with Sondre Evjen and round one winner Oliver Eriksson.
It was the younger of the two Erikssons that set the pace throughout the qualifying heats, but come the semi-final stage, older brother and Olsbergs MSE team-mate Kevin stole the initiative to earn himself pole position for the all-important final.
The MJP Racing Team Austria FIA World Rallycross Championship star then saw off a challenge from Östersund runner-up Evjen (JC Raceteknik) to seal victory, with Oliver Eriksson battling back from a difficult first corner to reach the bottom step of the rostrum in third.
“It was a good weekend for me – almost perfect,” reflected the winner. “I only conceded two points through the heats, and I had to beat two younger guys to get here. I really had to give it everything in the final and thankfully it was enough. It certainly wasn’t over right until the chequered flag. This is the first time I’ve actually won a race on ice – I’ve finished second five times – so it’s a good feeling.”
Putting his pre-season objective of consistent performances throughout events to good practice, Evjen was one of three JC Raceteknik drivers to win their race in Q1 at the famous Holjes circuit in the ultra-competitive Supercar Lites field, as former FIA European Rallycross TouringCar Champion Ben-Philip Gundersen and Jonathan Walfridson also claimed Q1 victory.
In semi-final one, both Evjen and Gundersen beat round one winner Oliver Eriksson to progress to the final, Evjen taking race victory, but Gundersen was penalised for missing the joker lap and didn’t make it through. Jonathan Walfridson and Jimmie Walfridsson’s strong events ended in the semi-final stages, while Swedish rally driver Willen finished second in semi-final three to join Evjen in the final.
In the last race of the day, as snow began to fall on the famous World RX venue, Evjen battled right at the front of the field, pressuring eventual winner Kevin Eriksson to finish second, while Willen put a difficult first winter race of the season behind him to finish fourth.
Evjen enthused after race : “In the final Kevin Eriksson and I had a very even start, but because he had the line I just had to chase as much as I could. I’m happy with second place and lying third in the RallyX on Ice points feels good. What got me onto the podium today was quick starts, good cooperation with my spotter and the right joker tactics. The two remaining events are both home rounds for me, so I’m excited to go there. The goal is to score good points by having good heats, nice semi-finals and then fight for the podium in the final.”
Supercar Lites Höljes Final
1. Kevin ERIKSSON
2. Sondre EVJEN
3. Oliver ERIKSSON
4. Pelle WILÉN
5. Alexander WESTLUND
6. Jami KALLIOMÄKI
RallyX on Ice Standings after Round 2 in Höljes
1 Oliver Eriksson (SWE) 67
2 Kevin Eriksson (SWE) 65
3 Sondre Evjen (NOR) 53
4 Ben Philip Gundersen (NOR) 52
5 Alexander Westlund (SWE) 48
6 Vasilily Gryazin (LAT) 46
2018 RallyX on Ice Calendar
February 3 Östersund, Sweden
February 10 Höljes, Sweden
February 25 Ål, Norway
March 3 Gol, Norway