Team Set Promotion Aiming at GRC Lites Success
Turku, Finland (June 20, 2013) – Team Set Promotion is excited to announce that it will be competing in the brand-new GRC Lites category of Global Rallycross.
Working in conjunction with Olsbergs MSE, from their headquarters in Los Angeles, Team Set Promotion will be fielding three cars, driven by European RallycrossRX Super1600 and Swedish Folkrace front runners Joni Wiman, (19, Finland), Kevin Eriksson (16, Sweden) and Alexander Westlund (18, Sweden).
Designed as a companion series to GRC Supercars, for up and coming younger drivers, GRC Lites will be at every US-based Global Rallycross event of the 2013 season, including X Games Los Angeles. Featuring strictly-controlled specification vehicles, the new series is designed specifically as an affordable platform to showcase the talent of emerging young drivers. Producing 310 horsepower, GRC Lite cars are powered by naturally aspirated 2.4-liter engines and feature all-wheel drive and sequential gearboxes.
“It’s exactly what we need at this moment,” said team manager Jussi Pinomäki. “We have a vision where we want to take our team within the next two years and this is the first step toward that goal. We have been heavily involved in the Super1600 category, running many cars, and I think this is the right moment for something new. At the same time Rallycross as a sport is also growing, and it’s amazing to be a part of it at such an early stage.
“We have put together a great line-up of three young, really talented drivers, so I’m really excited to jump into this. Also my whole team is really excited as they have been doing the same thing for quite a few years, and now they have a real opportunity of a fresh challenge, to experience something new show that we are more than just a Super1600 Team.
“Kevin and Alexander have a similar background racing in Sweden, they have been racing in a national class called Folkrace. It’s an entry level class where the cars are more or less standard – just with roll cages and a few safety features. It’s a really good training ground for drivers as it’s a level playing field and you really have to drive the cars inch perfect to get the best out of them. Obviously I have also been working with Kevin and Joni in Super1600 as well, so if Alexander is as fast as I know Kevin and Joni are, it’s going to be an interesting season. With all three drivers pushing each other it’s exactly what the guys need, and going to help improve the whole team.
“We’ve been working with Olsbergs MSE for a little while, and talking with them since last fall, and slowly the pieces started to fall into place. After the new year the started to come together, and now we are just a few weeks away from the first race in Loudon (NH). It’s going to be a great experience, not just for the team, but for the drivers as well. It’ll be the first time with the new car, and in front of the huge crowds – I can’t wait.”