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05 Mar 2014

ERX: Next generation is ready

Category: ERC, News Posted 05.03.14 12:28 by

Lukas Walfridsson, the son of 1979 Swedish Rallycross Volvo Cup winner Lars-Erik Walfridsson, has confirmed to drive six of the twelve WorldRX rounds in SuperCars.

 

Per-Inge “PI” Walfridsson, the 1980 European Rallycross Champion and father of Petter Solberg’s wife Pernilla, is the oldest of the three brothers. Lars-Erik Walfridsson, the father of Lukas, is the second oldest of the racing siblings. His biggest success in Rallycross was to win the 1979 Swedish ‘Volvocupen’, a deceased series that was open to competitors with cars of the make Volvo only. Later on he concentrated on Rallying to become well-known especially in Belgium. Stig-Olov “Stecka” Walfridsson is the youngest of the trio, but has also given up his own Rallycross career by the end of last year to make way for the next generation.

 

Finland 1981: Lars-Erik Walfridsson, the father of Lukas, was a successful Rallycrosser himself. © EL/ERC24

Finland 1981: Lars-Erik Walfridsson, the father of Lukas, was a successful Rallycrosser himself. © EL/ERC24

 

While “Stecka” is concentrating on the Crosskart racing future of his own kids Jimmie and Felicia now, his 2013 Renault Clio Mk3/5 SuperCar will be taken over by his brother’s son Lukas. The 20-year-old, himself a very successful Crosskarter who won a total of nine championship titles since 2009, has confirmed today that he is ready for a 2014 programme of six WorldRX rounds. Lukas is focused on the full five rounds EuroRX series for SuperCars. As his personal icing on the cake the Swede will also take part in his native WRX round at Höljes, about 150kms north of his hometown of Sunne.

 

20 years old Lukas Walfridsson has set his focus on the 2014 EuroRX title. © LW/ERC24

20 years old Lukas Walfridsson has set his focus on the 2014 EuroRX title. © LW/ERC24

 

“When this opportunity arose, I immediately wanted to go for it. Moving from Crosskart to a SuperCar is something I really wanted to do – it will be a big challenge but I’m keen to make progress,” claimed the youngest member of the Rallycross clan from Värmland. “Our goal is to finish in the top three of EuroRX at the end of the year. That is my only aim and together with my team, I will strive to make it happen,” concluded a defiant Lukas Walfridsson.

 

Top photo: In 2012 Lukas made good use of the Clio Mk3/4 of his uncle “Stecka” to win his first Rallycross. © Darius Kibirkštis/ERC24