Cross kart cham­pion Stein­sholt signs up

Motor Sport News - - Sporting Scene - By Hal Ridge

Nor­we­gian cross kart racer Ole Henry Stein­sholt will com­pete in the MSA Ju­nior Ral­ly­cross Cham­pi­onship this sea­son, fol­low­ing in the foot­steps of Euro­pean cham­pion Kevin Hansen.

Stein­sholt is only 14 but has al­ready claimed 125cc cross kart ti­tles in his home­land and he also won the NEZ (North Euro­pean Zone) Cham­pi­onship.

He will make his ral­ly­cross de­but at Croft on March 19.

Fel­low Scan­di­na­vian Kevin Hansen lifted the Ju­nior RX ti­tle in 2013 be­fore he went on to win the FIA Euro­pean Ral­ly­cross Cham­pi­onship last sea­son.

“Com­pet­ing in the Ju­nior Swift is an ex­cel­lent way of gain­ing im­por­tant in­ter­na­tional ex­pe­ri­ence.” said Steins holt, who will also grad­u­ate to the 250cc cross kart cat­e­gory in Nor­way this year.

“Driv­ing a right-hand-drive car is a new ex­pe­ri­ence in what will be a com­pet­i­tive en­vi­ron­ment. all this will help me de­velop as a driver and will hope­fully give me an edge once I am 16 and can start driv­ing in the Nor­we­gian cham­pi­onship. with­out this chance I would have had to wait an­other year be­fore driv­ing ral­ly­cross in Nor­way.”

The young driver will be men­tored by Euro­pean Ral­ly­cross Tour­ing­car Cham­pi­onship race-winner David Nordgard, along­side Per Olaf Store­myr.

Stein­sholt drove a Ju­nior RX car for the first time re­cently in Nor­way, as part of the Swift se­ries’ an­nual trip to Scan­di­navia for driv­ers to ex­pe­ri­ence ice driv­ing.

He drove the car used by Tom Llewellin to win three events in 2016, which will re­main in Nor­way for Stein­sholt to get more seat time ahead of the open­ing round of the year while a new car is built by Peter Gwynne Mo­tor­sport in the UK.

The 14-year-old is gain­ing seat time

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