Swedish female driver Ramona Karlsson has confirmed she will compete in the all-new FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy. She will compete at the wheel of a Per Eklund Motorsport run Saab 93 Supercar. Last year, Karlsson was named the Swedish rally driver of the year.
Karlsson began her racing career at the age of 12, winning the Swedish Crosskart Championship twice. In 2000, she competed in her first rally and in 2012 contested six PWRC rounds in what was the championship’s first all-female team.
Henning Solberg – who is the elder brother of full-time World RX driver Petter – will join Karlsson in the two-car team. The Saab 93 Supercars will be the only Saab models in this year’s World Championship, and will join a plethora of other marques such as Citroen, Audi, Skoda and Renault competing alongside official manufacturer backed entries in World RX including Peugeot, Ford and Volkswagen.
“It feels great to be working with Per Eklund – one of Sweden’s top racing drivers,” explained Karlsson. “The team has a lot of experience and the Supercar class is where the most extreme rallycross cars are so I’m excited to be involved.”
Team owner Per Eklund added: “It’s really exciting to have Ramona in our team this year. She’s already proved how quick she is in a rally car and now rallycross is her next challenge. We’ve previously invested in young Finland’s Topi Heikkinen when he was new in rallycross – and now look where he is. Ramona is the first female in World RX and it will be interesting to follow her development this year.”
Martin Anayi, Managing Director of the FIA World Rallycross Championship spoke positively following the latest signings by Per Eklund Motorsport. “Adding Ramona and Henning to our driver line-up in 2014 is more fantastic news for our Championship.”
Prior to the start of the season Monster Energy’s Liam Doran teamed up with current Speedway World Champion Tai Woffinden to have a little fun on a wet track. Now if this doesn’t make you want to watch the World Rallycross I don’t know what will.