Olsbergs MSE introduces 2015 Lites drivers
NYNÄSHAMN, Sweden (April 21, 2015) – Championship rallycross team Olsbergs MSE demonstrates its commitment to the future of rallycross in 2015 with a full international roster of Lites drivers representing the next generation in the sport.
“We believe in creating opportunities for young drivers to shine,” said OMSE team owner Andreas Eriksson. “We designed the Lites car to provide a platform for emerging talent and we remain committed to that philosophy in 2015 with a full roster of Lites drivers competing on our international team.”
Confirmed for OMSE’s 2015 GRC Lites squad are young American Austin Cindric and Swede Oliver Eriksson, who are supported by Nightrain and AEM.
“Even when you’re watching rallycross, you’re having fun,” said 16-year-old Cindric about returning to the Lites series in 2015. He campaigned a partial season last year that saw him score three podium results to finish sixth in the overall standings. “Sliding through the dirt, knocking each other around, standing starts… It’s a combination for a good time.”
Oliver Eriksson was just 15 when he joined the series for two stops last season. The youngest driver in the field, he scored fourth- and third-place results. He said he’s looking forward to making a push for the championship in 2015.
“Lites is the best school for future Supercar stars and it’s awesome to be part of the future of motorsport,” said Eriksson, who will also pilot a Lites machine at home in the RallyX Scandinavia Lites series. “Lites prepares you on every level.”
The Olsbergs MSE organization created the strictly controlled spec Lites vehicle to provide a platform to showcase the talent of emerging young drivers. Constructed in Istanbul, Turkey, in partnership with Avitas Motorsport, the 310 horsepower, all-wheel drive car features a naturally aspirated 2.4-liter engine and a sequential gearbox.
The concept was first introduced in 2013 as a support series to the Global Rallycross Championship. Up-and-coming young Finn Joni Wiman swept the opening season to take the title before graduating to the top-spec Supercars class in 2014 and going on to win the title in his rookie year.
“Lites are a very good preparation for the challenge of Supercars,” said Wiman. “The handling is very similar and with all the cars the same, you must drive very well to be competitive. I know that my experience in Lites helped get me to the Supercars championship title.”
OMSE’s multi-series campaigns in rallycross are guided by the new team slogan “Extreme Forces,” representing their united worldwide challenge for rallycross dominance. Fans can follow the team and its Lites and Supercars stars across social media platforms using the #OMSE #XForces hashtags.
The OMSE organization is led by Eriksson, himself a championship rally and rallycross driver. He is supported by Chief Financial Officer Jan-Erik Steen and three-time European Rallycross Champion Jussi Pinomäki.