Ris­ing star Kevin Eriks­son switches to MJP Rac­ing Team for 2017 World RX

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World RX event winner Kevin Eriks­son will switch from his fa­ther An­dreas’s Ols­bergsmse team to the MJP Rac­ing Team Aus­tria squad for 2017.

He will part­ner for­mer dou­ble DTM cham­pion Timo Schei­der. Eriks­son claimed his first vic­tory at the penul­ti­mate round of the se­ries last year in Ger­many af­ter pulling off an im­pres­sive first­corner move around the out­side of the en­tire field in the fi­nal, when rac­ing a Ford Fi­esta Su­per­car.

He will also race a Fi­esta this sea­son, but the MJP Rac­ing cars are sig­nif­i­cantly dif­fer­ent un­der the skin from the OMSE ma­chines, in­clud­ing the im­ple­men­ta­tion of a trans­versely mounted en­gine.

“I am very ex­cited to join the team to be able to com­pete in the full 2017 sea­son,” said Eriks­son. “Driv­ing along­side Timo Schei­der makes me feel fan­tas­tic. I saw what they have done with their new 2017 Ford Fi­esta RXS and it will be amaz­ing to drive this ma­chine.”

World Ral­ly­cross teams’ cham­pion EKS has also con­firmed its driver line-up, with Mat­tias Ek­strom’s 2016 team-mate Toomas Heikki­nen re­main­ing with the squad.

“Never change a win­ning team,” said Ek­strom. “I’m happy about tack­ling the ti­tle de­fence project with Topi [Toomas]. He’s a young but very ex­pe­ri­enced race driver who’s a per­fect fit for our team.”

Eriks­son will han­dle a Ford Fi­esta RX

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