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14 Mar 2016
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ERX: Hvaal joins Eklund

Category: ERX, News Posted 14.03.16 15:00 by

FIA World Rallycross have this morning confirmed the Euro RX entry of Norwegian driver Alexander Hvaal as one of two new drivers part of Eklund Motorsport.

 

Norway’s Alexander Hvaal will return to the FIA European Rallycross Championship full time this upcoming season, driving a new Eklund Motorsport built Volkswagen Beetle as part of a two-car team.

The former Euro RX event winner will also compete in selected rounds of the FIA World Rallycross Championship later in the year, if the team are happy with the pace shown in Euro RX.

“We spoke to a lot of teams about this season, but the deal we have with Per (Eklund) is very fair and I will race a brand new car. It will have the latest updates with engine and suspension. I felt really comfortable in the 2015 Beetle when I tested it and with the changes in the new car it should be another step forward; I have full confidence in the team,” said Hvaal.

“My goal is to try to win the European Championship, but as it’s a new car, it will take some time for me to get used to it. If we can find the speed in Euro RX, I will also do some races in the World Championship too.”

 

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The 2015 VW Beetle Supercar built by veteran Rallycrosser Per Eklund. Seen here driven by Holten. © JKR/ERC24

 

Team owner Per Eklund, who won the European Championship in 1999, says he is excited to work with Hvaal this year.

“I have followed Alex for a long time, he was very quick when he raced with Kenneth Hansen’s team a few years ago. It’s not easy to win events, so he is obviously fast,” said Eklund.

“Alex is a very sensible and good driver. He wants to start from scratch this season with a fresh team and we are really excited to work with him. We will build him a new car for this season with a lot of developments. The 2015 car will be used too – I have already promised that to another driver, which will be announced soon.”

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Hvaal alongside new VW Beetle and team principal & European Rallycross legend Per Eklund. © AHvaal/ERC24

Top Photo: Alex Hvaal has committed to Euro RX with Eklund Motorsport. © JKR/ERC24