A few weeks after winning the Red Bull Global Rallycross championships with Joni Wiman in Supercars and American driver Mitchell deJong in GRC Lites, Olsbergs MSE is gunning for another title this weekend in South America.
The FIA World Rallycross Championship makes its final stop of the 2014 season in the city of San Luis, Argentina, and while Petter Solberg has already locked up the driver’s title, the team crown remains up for grabs between Olsbergs (Andreas Bakkerud and Reinis Nitiss), Volkswagen Marklund Motorsport (Topi Heikkenen and Anton Marklund), and Peugeot-Hansen (Timmy Hansen and Timur Timerzyanov).
Marklund currently holds a four-point lead over Olsbergs, 361-357, for this title, while Peugeot-Hansen is a bit farther back with 323 points.
But the Olsbergs camp enters Argentina on a high after Andreas Bakkerud – who finished second behind deJong in this year’s GRC Lites finale at Vegas – topped the podium in the most recent World RX event in Turkey.
Now, the Ford team faces an entirely new venue in San Luis – the fifth all-new course for World RX this season.
“The new track in Argentina will be the same for everyone,” said Olsbergs manager Jussi Pinomaki in a statement. “We have already raced new tracks this year and different drivers have been fast on different tracks. I feel it’s down to mental strength when everyone starts to play the last cards, rather than who has most experience of new tracks.
“Portugal and Finland were both good for us as a team. Of course also the wins in England, Norway and Turkey bring back good memories, as well as having four cars in the semi-finals both in Sweden and Italy. Argentina will be the same as it’s been the same all season; we try to do our best with a smile on our faces.”
The race weekend in San Luis is scheduled to begin this Friday, followed by the semifinal and final on Saturday.