Scott-Eklund Racing Saab 9-3 Ready For Pre-Season Testing

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PER EKLUND & ANDY SCOTT

Published on March 16, 2012 with No Comments

Dumfries, Scotland (UK) — Friday, March 16, 2012; Scott-Eklund Racing is ready to mount its pre-season testing campaign at Le Circuit de Rallycross de Dreux in France on Tuesday, March 27, ahead of the fledgling team’s inaugural Global RallyCross Championship (GRC) assault.

Founded by 2011 MSA British Rallycross Vice-Champion Andy Scott (Dumfries, Scotland) and Swedish rally and rallycross legend Per Eklund in January 2012, Scott-Eklund Racing has put in a monumental effort to create the brand new rallycross outfit from the ground up in less than two months.

The Scott-Eklund Racing Saab 9-3 will make its official debut test run in the hands of Team Principal and lead driver, multiple FIA European and British Rallycross Championship race winner Scott. The team aims to field a pair of the two-litre turbocharged 16-valve, 600bhp powerhouses in the GRC this season.

Eklund’s 50 years of unrivalled success across American, European and Swedish rallycross, not to mention two decades building Saab’s rallycross pedigree, are invested in the team’s new cars built at the Eklund Motorsport premises in Sweden.

The Scott-Eklund Racing Saab 9-3 is an evolution of Eklund’s 2011 European Rallycross front-running machine. With the foundations of an already proven package, the 2012 GRC spec car also benefits from the expertise of Eklund’s long-term partners, with engines built by Trollspeed, transmission from Sellholm and Öhlins suspension.

The one-day test at Dreux will mark the car’s maiden run in its full 2012 GRC configuration after which the entire operation will ship to the team’s US base at Champion Racing’s Headquarters building in Pompano Beach, Florida. The pre-season test campaign will then continue State-side.

Backed by Scott Trawlers of Dumfries, Scott-Eklund Racing will make its GRC debut at the season opening round on Saturday, May 26 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway as part of the Memorial Day weekend of the NASCAR Coca-Cola 600.

Andy Scott, Scott-Eklund Racing Team Principal & Driver:

“Scott-Eklund Racing started as a basic idea late last year. To be heading into our inaugural test and first outing for the entire team is pretty special. What the team has achieved in such a short space of time is monumental.

“We’ve had very limited testing time. I had a short run in Sweden late last year but winter was already setting in and the snow prevented any further testing. Although the Saabs are looking good working off the dyno, the test will give us our first real indication of our actual pace.

“The car hasn’t run its 2012 GRC spec, so my first objective in France will be familiarisation, then getting feedback on base setting changes to relay back to our engineers in the States. We know we’ve got a bit more power, a wider power band and more torque, so it’s working into a very good package. It’s a new car for me so we now have to find out what makes it sing.

“To be heading into my first season as a driver/manager is very exciting. It’s a totally different challenge to purely driving the car but I’m building a great team around me. Every day we make new contacts and employ new people, including team members in the US. We still have solid interest in our second car but that deal is yet to be secured. Consequently we are still open to negotiation.

“The team has been founded with an initial two year plan but we are already looking to extend that. The GRC is really gaining momentum this year and I’m pleased to be involved in the early stages of the series. It’s destined for big things and Scott-Eklund Racing should be right in there from the start.”

Per Eklund, Scott-Eklund Racing Technical Director:

“I am very pleased with how quickly we have prepared the first Scott-Eklund Racing cars. Our rate of progress is very promising but we won’t know until the first round at the Charlotte Motor Speedway what advantage we have, if any.

“The Saab 9-3 should compare very well against its competitors. We have the advantage of a proven package which we have refined during the winter. We’ve saved weight and gained power, so we’ve optimised our package rather than starting from scratch. The car already has last year’s European series experience behind it and its predecessor model won a GRC round at the hands of Toomas Heikkinen in 2010.

“We are looking forward to the first test in France. We are mindful that the ambient and track temperatures won’t be akin to the US but we will have base figures to work from. After Dreux we plan to run more tests early May in Florida.”

 

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