European Rallycross champion Per Eklund will race in the Supercars class at the next round of RallyX Nordic at Arvika, taking place on the weekend after next (August 7-9).
Eklund, aged 74, made his first rallycross start in almost five years at Höljes’ ‘All-Star’ Magic Weekend earlier this month, taking on fellow motorsport icons Marcus Grönholm, Stig-Olov ‘Stecka’ Walfridson, Andreas Eriksson and Henning Solberg in the event’s Legends category.
The last time Eklund competed at Arvika in RallyX Nordic was in 2015 where he reached the final. Next weekend, he will line up in the same Volkswagen Beetle he used at Höljes but will be up against drivers such as double World champion Johan Kristoffersson.
“I’m really looking forward to racing in RallyX Nordic again – and this time in the main Supercar class!,” Eklund said.
“It was nice to drive against my fellow rallycross ‘oldies’ at Höljes, but now I really want to see how I measure up against the current stars. I’m certainly planning to arrive well-prepared in terms of spare body panels and parts!
“On a serious note, though, it’ll be enjoyable to race at Arvika again. It’s my home track – my workshop is literally just down the road – and I was involved in the construction of the Westombanan circuit many years ago.
“We have been working hard on the Beetle since Höljes and focusing particularly on improvements to the drivetrain to make it sturdier in corners. Hopefully that will make it more competitive and we can go out there and have some fun!”
Eklund will team up with Dan Öberg under the #MKIVRX banner. Öberg will drive a Volkswagen Scirocco.