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17 Jan 2014

Larsson: A1 in the making

Category: ERC, News Posted 17.01.14 10:45 by

Robin Larsson, son of double ERC winner Lars Larsson, is set to drive an all-new Audi A1 SuperCar in the Swedish Rallycross Championship as well as in EuroRX.

 

Today the in-house team of Swedish Rallycross youngster Robin Larsson released the news that they are working on an all-new Audi A1 SuperCar, to be driven by the 21-years-old in all rounds of the new Swedish ‘RallyX SuperCar Scandinavia’ series as well as in at least four of the five EuroRX rounds. Robin, who is the son of 2006 and 2007 European Rallycross Champion Lars “Stinsen” Larsson, finished the 2013 RallycrossRX series in TouringCars as runner-up to Euro champ Derek Tohill from Ireland.

“To compete in the highest class of his own motorsport is the dream of every racer. Last year I debuted in SuperCars at my native Kinnekulle Ring, where I took part in the Finale of the Swedish Rallycross Championship (SRC). Now we are planning to continue and go some steps further, with my own team and with my own selfmade car. This will really be cool,” says Robin, who will be backed by a trio of very experienced Rallycross personalities.

Robin’s father Lars is a multiple Swedish Rallycross Champion, but the pinnacle of his career was to win the ERC titles of the years 2006 and 2007 with a Škoda Fabia Mk1 SuperCar, before he retired. Swede Michael Jernberg has won Swedish and Nordic championship titles, but has also claimed no less than four European Rallycross Championship silver medals. Jernberg ended his own career as a driver after the 2011 Global RallyCross Championship in the US, to concentrate on his job, being a sought after SuperCar builder. Their compatriot Ingvar Gunnarsson won three consecutive Swedish Rallycross titles in the national class (1992, 93 and 94), before he started building very competitive cars for other drivers. Nowadays his company Ingvar Gunnarsson Motorsport AB (IGM) is famous for its development of top-class Rallycross machinery. “It feels very good with such a wealth of experience behind me,” claims that man Robin Larsson in good faith.

The name of the new company and team will be ‘Larsson Jernberg Motorsport’. The owners are Lars Larsson, Michael Jernberg and Robert Lannhed, the owner and CEO of the company Bergs Fegen AB. The construction of the Audi A1 SuperCar will be shared by Jernberg and Gunnarsson. Between the races it is the latter who maintains the car. The engine will come from Trollspeed Racing and the drivetrain from Sellholm Tuning AB. For all work and questions about the suspension the team’s partner is Öhlins Auto Norden.

“Our focus is long termed, in the first year we are going to concentrate on winning the Swedish championship title as well as competing in as many as possible rounds of the new five rounds European Rallycross Championship (EuroRX). And, of course, we also look forward to take part in the Swedish round of WorldRX at Höljes,” says Larsson Senior and adds: “Our long term goal is to run the entire ERX series, before we move up to the FIA World Rallycross Championship (WRX).

Robin Larsson is now focussing on preparing himself in due time for the kick-off of the ‘RallyX SuperCar Scandinavia’ series, the team has already booked different tracks in Sweden for test days. “The step from TouringCars to SuperCars is huge and awesome. As the SuperCars are much more powerful everything happens much faster. This requires a lot from its drivers, especially to think ahead of the action all the time,” states Robin with a big grin on his face.

 

Photo: Ingvar Gunnarsson, Michael Jernberg and father Lars Larsson (from left) are the men behind Robin Larsson (right). © LJM/ERC24