2011 FIA North European Zone Rallycross champion Sten Oja from Estonia aims for future top placings in the world of Rallycross.
Last year’s FIA North European Zone and Estonian Rallycross champion in Division 1 Sten Oja has big plans for the next couple of years. The goal is to reach the highest level in Rallycross by 2015. 20 years old Oja will kick-off his journey to this goal already the coming weekend in Finland where he starts in the first round of the Finnish Rallycross Championship.
In 2012 Oja will compete in the Finnish championship and at least two rounds of the European Rallycross Championship (Sweden, Höljes and Finland, Kouvola). The reigning Estonian champion will also take part in two or maybe more rounds of the Estonian championship. The goal for 2013 is a full ERC season and to win a European title. The following step depends on whether there will be a World championship for Rallycross in the near future. As there has been a lot of talking about the ERC turning into a World championship and if everything is going like planned in 2014 Oja and his crew see the Estonian competing in a top team and possibly in 2015 fighting for a World champion’s title.
Sten Oja: „The reason why we choose for this year’s Finnish Rallycross Championship is that this way we can learn about new venues and how to drive fast on different tracks. Also the competition in the Finnish SuperCars class looks good with hopefully 20 cars in every round of the series. We want to finish in the Top 3 in all rounds of the Finnish championship while in the European championship events we want to reach the A finals.“
This year Sten Oja is going to use same car as in 2011. A Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 6 with a 530bhp engine. But comparing to last year a lot of changes have been made to improve the car. Sten Oja: „The car is faster and the suspension is working much better now. I like to thank my team who has prepared a perfect car for me and is making all to happen. I’m looking forward to the first start this weekend at the Kemoran Moottorirata at Veteli in Finland.“