Two-time European Rallycross champion Robin Larsson will return to the World Rallycross Championship this season with JC Raceteknik.
The Swede will drive a latest-specification Audi S1 supercar for the team, the same squad that carried him to the European rallycross championship title last year.
“It’s so exciting to be entering the world championship with a strong team and a good car,” said Larsson (pictured below).
“Last year, both me and Joel [Christoffersson, team principal] had our best seasons ever, so continuing this together with the team will be extra special. Of course, there will be tough events with many fast drivers, but that’s what rallycross is all about.
“We had a good speed last year with good times against the world championship drivers. Now that we are racing together on track I will be able to increase the pace even more.
“We’ll see during the first events how we stack up against the other teams. It would be nice to have good results straight away and to be able to continue that form. There are going to be many lovely battles I think.”
JC Raceteknik is making the step up to World RX full-time for the first time, fulfilling a long-held ambition of team boss Joel Christoffersson.
“Since I started JC Raceteknik it has been a dream for me and the team to be able to enter the world championship,” said Christoffersson.
“Last year we had a great season with Robin, so getting the opportunity to take this step together with him is really exciting for all of us.
“We know that the competition in the world championship will be extremely tough, but at the same time Robin comes with fantastic car control and confidence from the European Championship.
“He has shown that he is really fast, with lap times that match the world championship drivers, so to say we want to be getting into the finals and fighting for the top places is a realistic goal.”
Larsson campaigned Mattias Ekstrom’s 2016 world championship-winning S1 in the European series last year, winning four of the five rounds he entered in Britain, Norway, Sweden, and France. He also finished second in Germany to complete a comprehensive dominance of the category.
He previously won the European crown in 2014, taking two wins and two second places from five rounds.
The 2020 season will be his fourth full season in the top flight. As well as sporadic appearances in 2014, 2017, and last year, Larsson competed full-time in World RX in 2015-16, and again in 2018.
He has one win in the category – in Argentina in 2015 – and a further four podium finishes, including one on his debut at Lydden Hill in 2014.