JC Raceteknik and Bryntesson finish second in European Rallycross Championship
Norwegian star Thomas Bryntesson and Swedish team JC Raceteknik secured second overall in the FIA European Rallycross Championship with a sixth place finish at the season finale in Riga, Latvia (September 17).
The result comes in Bryntesson’s maiden Supercar season, and the first year that JC Raceteknik has run a pair of Supercars alongside its successful Supercar Lites programme.
For the second event in succession, the teams and drivers faced mixed conditions throughout the qualifying stages, but driving JC Raceteknik’s Ford Fiesta Supercar, Bryntesson was second, third, second and third in the four qualifying races to be third in the Intermediate Classification. A mature drive in the semi-final one produced a second row start for the final, in which Bryntesson was classified sixth to conclude the year.
Former Supernational champion Ola Froshaug produced another solid performance in the fifth and final round of Euro RX and again achieved his target set by making the semi-finals with ninth position in the Intermediate Classification, thanks to a string of top-ten times. He finished fifth in semi-final one and just missed out on a place in the final by just 1.5 seconds. The Norwegian finished the season 10th overall.
JC Raceteknik returns immediately to Sweden, to race in the final round of the RallyX Nordic series and fight for the championship titles in both Supercar and Supercar Lites at Strangnas next weekend (September 23).
Joel Christoffersson, Team Principal :
“We came here second overall in Euro RX. Our goal was to keep that, and we did. We were very quick again, but again we struggled with the starts. We had some good starts in the finals but we had a bit of bad luck too. I think Thomas wanted the result a bit too much in the final, that’s why we ended up where we were, but overall we are very happy. It’s the first year in Supercar for Thomas, the team and Ola so I don’t think we could have done much more. We’ve been competing against drivers and teams that have raced in the World Championship, so it’s really good. Our goal was top five with Thomas and we are much better than that, and Ola has impressed all year with his pace and making the semi-finals. This is the biggest achievement for my team so far, I’m really happy.”
Euro RX Supercar: Thomas Bryntesson (NOR) :
"This is a great feeling, both for me and for the team. We came here to secure silver in Euro RX and we have succeeded. We knew before the race that I had a long way up to Anton (Marklund), but also a slight gap to those behind. I tried to drive smoothly and to succeed in securing the silver, it was a big relief to do that. It’s been a very good first season in Supercar, but there have been hard times too. When I was waiting in the que for the semi-finals in Barcelona, I knew the championship was going to be tough, but it got worse in Hell (Norway) and Holjes (Sweden), but I fought back and to make it to the podium in the end.
I really want to thank everyone who has supported me. Joel has helped me since I started with Supercar Lites three years ago, so this means a lot. The whole team does an incredible job and without all of the sponsors I would not have managed to run a single race. And not least thanks to my supporters. I think we all deserved this result.”
Euro RX Supercar: Ola Froshaug (NOR) :
"I’m pleased with the whole weekend, apart from the poor start in the semi-final. In Euro RX overall, tenth place is better than I could have hoped for. It has been a fun season; better than I could have hoped. The highlight was definitely making the final at Holjes. I didn’t make it to the final this weekend, but Thomas succeeded in our goal. He is a champion and he will probably win the World Championship in a few years I think. I would like to thank everyone who has supported me this year. This couldn’t have been achieved without the team, my sponsors and all of our Swedish and Norwegian supporters. Driving for JC Racetenik has worked like clockwork this year, from the chefs to the mechanics, we are like a family.”
FIA European Rallycross Championship, Riga, Latvia Result:
1 Anton Marklund (SWE)
2 Robin Larsson (SWE)
3 Tamas Pal Kiss (HUN)
4 Tommy Rustad (NOR)
5 Tamas Karai (HUN)
6 Thomas Bryntesson (NOR)
9 Ola Froshaug (NOR)
FIA European Rallycross Championship Points:
1 Anton Marklund (SWE) 129
2 Thomas Bryntesson (NOR) 101
3 Tamas Pal Kiss (HUN) 90
4 Robin Larsson (SWE) 88
5 Tommy Rustad (NOR) 86
6 Alexander Hvaal (NOR) 61
10 Ola Froshaug (NOR) 40