Kristoffersson Motorsport plan World RX future
by Hal Ridge |
Experienced Swedish touring car team Kristoffersson Motorsport will race in at least its home event of the FIA World Rallycross Championship next season, and will use a pair of brand new VW Polo Supercars for the assault.
The team will run under the banner of VW Dealer Team Sweden, outlining its official status with the manufacturer, and for 2014 will focus on the Swedish Rallycross Championship. It will also compete in the Swedish round of the World series at Holjes and other selected events as it builds experience in preparation for an assault on the full World Championship.
“We are committed to the Swedish championship next year, as the championship will now be organised by the STCC,” said team principal Tommy Kristoffersson. “We will also do the Swedish round of the World Championship of course, and more, but we need to see the calendar first. This isn’t a one year project and the plan is to be competing in the World championship full time as soon as possible.”
Kristoffersson’s commitment to rallycross is another indication as to how the sport is progressing. The Swedish team is one of the most professional in the business, it is clear that they will progress but only once they are sure that they can compete on the highest level.
The team ran a pair of VW Sciroccos on its return to the sport this year but will change to the Polo model for 2104; “The Polo is the best choice from the marketing side, and also from the technical point of view,” said Kristoffersson.
The new chassis will be built in Germany. The first complete car will also be built up in Germany, while the second will be constructed at the KMS base in Sweden.
Experienced circuit racer Johan Kristoffersson will lead the development driving of the new Polo, the Swede focusing on rallycross after a busy 2013 where he drove in circuit racing and rallycross; Kristoffersson Jnr sprung to prominence in 2012 when he won three different championships competing in front-, rear- and four-wheel driven machinery. Kristoffersson will be joined by young Norwegian Ole Christian Veiby, who despite only being 17 years of age has experience in both rallying, circuit racing and Scandinavian CrossKart in 2013. Veiby recently tested the KMS VW Sirocco Supercar at Holjes.
Tommy Krisoffersson, who started his driving career in the sport, can see the potential in rallycross, and the possibility of giving something back to the road-car industry.
“The sport is growing and lots of people are putting a lot of effort in, we are really looking forward to being involved. We feel that we can help develop the standard road cars. These rallycross cars run in very rough, extreme competitions. If things can be learned and you can give something back which in the end might be good for the final road car customer that that is good.”« Previous Post Next Post »