Swedish driver Eric Faren will make his Supercar debut at the second round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship held at Lydden Hill. The Super1600 podium finisher will race the Citroen DS3 used by Alexander Hvaal to win the final two rounds of RallycrossRX last season.
“My whole career has been a preparation for this. We made a decision to work for a Supercar programme after last season, and it feels really good now to make the debut at Lydden Hill. We are still working to get to drive as many races as possible,” said Faren, who has already tested a DS3 Supercar. “We did about 18 kilometers of testing on the tarmac, which was really good. It felt quite comfortable. I wasn’t pushing 100%, but when you are not over the limit it feels quite similar to a Super1600 car. Obviously everything just happens a lot faster, and the acceleration is huge. Timmy [Hansen] came with me to the test and was able to help a lot, he wasn’t holding anything back and told me everything he knew.”
Faren is working hard to secure the funds to contest five rounds of WorldRX this season; “We will do Lydden and then see, i’m still working on things at the moment, but the plan is to do Lydden, Norway, Finland, Sweden and France. I feel like I need to do Holjes, and France will be amazing.” Knowing he has a well proven car at his disposal, and experience of the circuits, Faren realises that he has a lot to learn in the Supercar category and is welcoming the challenge; “We know that this car can be in the final if it is driven well. My main hopes are to be able to get the potential out of the car. I know the car is good, and it has done well on the five circuits I want to race at, I just want to learn as quickly as possible. I feel that it is possible to make the semi-finals if things go well, I know the car can do it.”
While the young Swede will continue to be mentored by 14-time FIA European Rallycross Champion Kenneth Hansen, the car will be run by his own team, including his father Ronny and brother Johan, themselves both experienced rallycross drivers; “My father will of be involved, and we will have an engineer with us that knows the car. I haven’t asked him yet, but Johan will be there too, I don’t think he could stay home when i’m racing a Supercar in the World Championship.”
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