Honda Red Bull OMSE
- Date of Birth: January 05, 1993
- Home: Hagfors, SWE
- 2015: 12 starts, 1 win, 5 podiums, 4 heat wins, 400 points, 2nd overall (Supercars)
- 2013: 6 starts, 5 podiums, 5 heat wins, 93 points, 2nd overall (Lites)
- CAREER: 12 starts, 1 win, 5 podiums, 4 heat wins, 400 points (Supercars); 6 starts, 5 podiums, 5 heat wins, 93 points (Lites)
Two years ago, Sebastian Eriksson wasn’t even racing in Red Bull Global Rallycross. This year, he enters the season as a championship favorite.
Eriksson finished second in the inaugural GRC Lites standings in 2013 to Joni Wiman, but he returned to his native Sweden in 2014 to compete for the Supercar championship there. When a spot opened up at Olsbergs MSE to return stateside, Eriksson pounced on the opportunity, rewarding team principal Andreas Eriksson with a win and five podiums.
But despite the impressive rookie season, OMSE couldn’t win its fifth straight Red Bull GRC title with Eriksson behind the wheel. He still placed a strong second in the championship, but inconsistent results late in the year removed him from the title hunt.
Reclaiming the crown is priority number one in 2016, and to do it, the team has reloaded in a big way.
With new manufacturer partner Honda on board, Eriksson’s weapon of choice for this year is the Civic—a new car to rallycross, but one that’s been looked upon as a potential threat for victories right out of the gate. He’ll have Wiman, his former Lites rival but close friend, partnering him for the second year in a row; the Scandinavian duo will rely on strong communication and teamwork to return to the top of the points table.
When all is said and done this year, expect a similar performance from Eriksson: numerous podium runs and a shot at the title. But if he can give Honda a title in its first season in Red Bull GRC, it’ll be the boldest statement of his young career.