Olsbergs MSE X Forces
- Date of Birth: December 27, 1998
- Home: Osmo, Sweden
- CHAMPIONSHIPS: Lites 2015
- 2015: 12 starts, 3 wins, 9 podiums, 12 heat wins, 501 points, 1st overall (Lites)
- 2014: 3 starts, 1 podium, 1 heat win, 110 points, 7th overall (Lites)
- CAREER: 15 starts, 3 wins, 10 podiums, 13 heat wins, 611 points (Lites)
Olsbergs MSE managed to keep its Red Bull Global Rallycross championship streak alive in 2015, but it was neither defending Supercar champion Joni Wiman nor 2014 Swedish Supercar title-winner Sebastian Eriksson who managed to do it. Instead, it was Oliver Eriksson—the youngest driver in the multi-class OMSE stable—who brought home a title.
The younger son of team principal Andreas Eriksson, Oliver replaced his brother Kevin in one of the team’s two full-time Lites entries for 2015 after a handful of starts the year before. A podium in the season opener in Fort Lauderdale, and a win three weeks later in Daytona, immediately launched his season on the right foot, and the momentum just grew from there.
When all was said and done, Eriksson ended the season with nine podiums, tying Mitchell DeJong’s class record, and claimed a class-leading 12 heat wins. He added race victories in Los Angeles and Barbados as well, setting up a head-to-head battle with teammate Austin Cindric in the Las Vegas finale. Their showdown ended early when Cindric misjudged a corner and was hit by another car, allowing Eriksson to patiently conquer the wet track and earn the crown.
He’ll have his work cut out for him trying to defend the championship, though: the Lites field expands to its largest ever in 2016, and a roster of talented newcomers join a slate of hungry returning drivers. Eriksson will have the target on his back as he aims to add more trophies to his shelf and another title to his resume.
But if his calm, collected demeanor and results from last season are any indication, he might not have anything to worry about.