Olsbergs MSE confirms multiple car Ford effort in Red Bull GRC

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Olsbergs MSE has confirmed four cars split between Red Bull Global Rallycross and GRC Lites. In Red Bull GRC, defending champion Joni Wiman will return for another year while GRC Lites champion Mitchell DeJong moves up to the team’s second Ford Fiesta ST.

American Austin Cindric and Swede Oliver Eriksson, who will also race a Lites car at home in the RallyX Scandinavia series, have been confirmed to the team’s GRC Lites squad.

A video of the team announcement is linked here. More information is below from Olsbergs MSE’s official release:

Defending champions Olsbergs MSE today announce their return to the worldwide rallycross stage with a full roster of drivers preparing for an international, multi-championship campaign. The team finished atop the podium in both the FIA World Rallycross Championship and the Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship last season and is again aiming for global dominance.

“We have the best young talents in the world driving for OMSE this season,” said team owner Andreas Eriksson. “Our philosophy is to promote drivers through the ranks and support them with the best equipment. Our lineup shows a huge amount of potential in 2015.”

In Red Bull Global Rallycross, defending champion Joni Wiman returns to the team in the Red Bull / Bluebeam Ford Fiesta ST, this year joined by Supercars newcomer Mitchell DeJong in the Red Bull Ford Fiesta ST.

In World RX, drivers Reinis Nitiss and Andreas Bakkerud will be back to OMSE to defend their FIA World Rallycross Teams Championship title in a pair of bold red Ford Fiesta ST rallycross machines.

Also joining the team this season is Timur Timerzyanov, who will launch a wild card campaign for the drivers’ title in his Red Bull / Viatti Ford Fiesta ST. His entry will be fielded by Namus OMSE.

OMSE returns to competition with support from technical partner Ford. “We’re excited to continue our partnership with the Olsbergs MSE Ford team in both Red Bull Global Rallycross and the FIA World Rallycross Championship,” said Jamie Allison, director of Ford Racing.

“The team and its Fiesta ST program have won four straight championships in Red Bull Global Rallycross, as well as the 2014 FIA World Rallycross teams title. They’ve got an excellent platform with a young and talented driver lineup. We’re really looking forward to the 2015 season.”

OMSE Ford Fiesta rallycross cars are class of the field at any race they enter. The powerful, 600-horsepower all-wheel drive Supercars machines are top performers that have scored countless wins and podiums at races around the world.

DeJong, at 17, is the youngest driver in Red Bull Global Rallycross. He won all but two races in the 2014 GRC Lites development series and will step up to the top Supercars class for the first time in 2015.

Teammate Wiman transitions from the rookie to an expert role on the team as he returns to defend his 2014 Red Bull Global Rallycross drivers’ title. The 21-year-old driver earned five podiums last season — three second-place finishes and two thirds — en route to his first drivers’ title.

Bakkerud, 23, and Nitiss, 19, proved a potent pair on the World RX championship last year, together winning the coveted FIA World Rallycross Teams Championship title for OMSE. In 12 rounds of competition, they achieved 10 podium finishes between them, including three outright victories.

Team newcomer Timerzyanov, a two-time European Rallycross champion (2012, 2013), says he’s excited about the opportunity to work with the OMSE squad this season. “Team boss Andreas Eriksson wants to be the best and he will do anything to try to be the best,” said Timerzyanov. “The people in this organization know every bolt on the cars and they know what they need to do to win. I trust this team.”

OMSE’s multi-series campaigns in rallycross are guided by the new team slogan “Extreme Forces,” representing their united worldwide challenge for rallycross dominance. Fans can follow the team across social media platforms using the #OMSE #XForces hashtags.

The successful Lites development series will also return in 2015 with full calendars supporting both the World RX and Global Rallycross championships. OMSE will field Lites cars in both championships, as well as in the RallyX Scandinavia series.

Confirmed for OMSE’s 2015 GRC Lites squad are young American Austin Cindric and Swede Oliver Eriksson, who will also race a Lites car at home in the RallyX Scandinavia series. Kevin Eriksson will race in the RX Lites championship and race a Supercar in the RallyX Scandinavia series alongside Sebastian Eriksson. Sandra Hultgren also joins the Lites field in the RallyX Scandinavia series.

The OMSE organization is led by Andreas Eriksson, himself a championship rally and rallycross driver. He is supported by Chief Financial Officer Jan-Erik Steen and three-time European Rallycross Champion Jussi Pinomäki.

Rallycross is a blend of circuit racing, off-road racing and rally competition. It promises intense crowd-pleasing action in a fan-friendly track environment. As many as 10 drivers line up to start at once, piloting high-horsepower compact cars through race traffic over a challenging short course that features jumps, unbanked turns, hills and transitions between pavement and gravel. It is sometimes described as an action motorsport and is emerging as the top youth-market motorsport in the world.

Final 2023 Rolex 24 at Daytona results, points

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The 2023 Rolex 24 at Daytona overall results were all streaks: two consecutive victories in the endurance classic for Meyer Shank Racing and three in a row for Acura.

And Helio Castroneves became the second driver to win three consecutive Rolex 24s and the first to win in three straight years (Peter Gregg won in 1973, ’75 and ’76; the race wasn’t held in ’74 because of a global oil crisis).

Starting from the pole position, Tom Blomqvist took the checkered flag in the No. 60 ARX-06 that led a race-high 365 of 783 laps with co-drivers Castroneves, Simon Pagenaud and Colin Braun.

RESULTS: Click here for the finishing order in the 61st Rolex 24 at Daytona l By class

POINTS: Standings after Rolex 24 at Daytona l Michelin Endurance Cup standings l Daytona endurance points

Meyer Shank Racing now has two Rolex 24 victories and the 2022 championship since entering the premier prototype category of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in 2021.

“I think what’s so special about this team is we are a small team compared to some of our opponents, but the atmosphere, the way we work, enables people to get the best out of themselves, and I think that’s why we’re such high achievers,” Blomqvist said. “I think there’s no egos. It’s a very open book, and that just enables each and every one of us to reach our potential. I think that’s why we’ve achieved so much success in really a short time at this level of competition.”

It’s the 16th IMSA victory for MSR.

The 61st running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona marked the debut of the Grand Touring Prototype category that brought hybrid engine technology to IMSA’s top level.

In other categories:

LMP2: James Allen passed Ben Hanley on the final lap and delivered a victory in the No. 55 ORECA by 0.016 seconds. It’s the second IMSA victory for Proton Competition, which last won at Sebring in 2012. It was the first Rolex 24 victory for Allen and co-drivers Gianmaria Bruni, Fred Poordad and Francesco Pizzi.

GTD Pro: Cooper MacNeil won in the last start of his IMSA career as the No. 79 Mercedes-AMG GT3 scored the first Rolex 24 at Daytona for WeatherTech Racing and the team’s fourth career victory.

MacNeil, who co-drove with Maro Engel, Jules Gounon and Daniel Juncadella, earned his 12th career victory and first at the Rolex 24.

“Winning by last IMSA race is tremendous,” MacNeil said.

GTD: The No. 27 Heart of Racing Team delivered the first Rolex 24 at Daytona for Aston Martin, which has been competing in endurance races at Daytona International Speedway since 1964. Drivers Marco Sorensen, Roman De Angelis, Darren Turner and Ian James (also the team principal) earned the victory in the English brand’s 13th attempt.

It’s also the first Rolex 24 at Daytona win for Heart of Racing, which has seven IMSA wins.

LMP3: Anthony Mantella, Wayne Boyd, Nico Varrone and Thomas Merrill drove the No. 17 AWA Duqueine D08 to victory by 12 laps for the team’s first class win in IMSA.


STATS PACKAGE FOR ROLEX 24 HOURS OF DAYTONA:

Fastest laps by driver

Fastest laps by driver after race (over the weekend)

Fastest laps by driver and class after race

Fastest lap sequence

Lap chart

Leader sequence

Race analysis by lap

Stint analysis

Time cards

Pit stop time cards

Best sector times

Race distance and speed average

Flag analysis

Weather report

NEXT: The 2023 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season will resume with the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring March 18 with coverage across NBC, USA and Peacock.