Ben-Philip Gundersen signs with JC Raceteknik for Euro RX Supercar assault
Norwegian star Ben-Philip Gundersen will graduate from Supercar Lites to Supercar for the 2020 FIA European Rallycross Championship with JC Raceteknik.
The Kil-based team enjoyed it’s most successful ever season in 2019, winning both the Euro RX Supercar and Rally X Nordic titles together with Robin Larsson.
25-year old Gundersen drove for the team in the single-make Supercar Lites support category, winning the title in RallyX Nordic and finishing second in the RX2 International Series standings, the official support category to the FIA World Rallycross Championship.
Having also claimed his first FIA European Championship title in the TouringCar class in 2016, the Norwegian will now return to FIA Championship rallycross in a JC Raceteknik-run Audi S1 Supercar. Gundersen will make his Euro RX Supercar debut at round one of the season at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium.
Joel Christoffersson, Team Principal:
“We have worked for a long time on the goal of having Ben-Philip in Supercar in 2020, so being able to take the step up to Euro RX together is great. Over the two years he has been racing with JC Raceteknik, we have watched him develop the whole time and he clearly has the correct pace to take make this step. We have done some testing and I can see great potential in Ben-Philip in Supercar. Of course, this will first and foremost be a learning year, but Ben-Philip is a winner, you can see that in his eyes, so we will work to fight at the top and aim to make it to the podium.”
Ben-Philip Gundersen (NOR):
“It feels fantastic to have this opportunity. Since I started competing in folkrace as a 15-year-old, I have dreamed of racing in Supercar at this level and I’ve been working on that goal ever since. Now I’m here and I’m very excited.
Together with JC Raceteknik, I have achieved good results in Supercar Lites. We’ve had a good collaboration, so now I have this opportunity to take the step up in Supercar, it definitely feels right to continue on this road together. We know the car is good, so it will be an exciting season.
Regarding our goals, this is firstly a learning year. Even though Supercar Lites is the best school you can go to, to prepare for the highest class, it’s still very different from driving a Supercar. I expect many of the other drivers to have raced Supercar before, so it will be hard competition. I think it will be sensible to get a feel for everything in the first race, to compare with the other European drivers and then take it from there. I think our goals will evolve over the course of the season.”