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BERMINGRUD MAKES THE SWITCH TO ALFA ROMEO MITO

Wednesday 18th of March 2020

Norway’s Marius Bermingrud will race a Tedak Racing Alfa Romeo Mito in the FIA European Rallycross Championship for Super1600 this year, switching from his family-run Skoda Fabia.

Bermingrud won the 2019 Euro RX Super1600 round at Holjes in Sweden last July and also finished on the podium at Estering in Germany on his way to P7 in the points. He tested the updated Mito recently in Italy, after already driving the car in an event two years ago.

“I am making the switch to the Mito RX because of how the future might look in rallycross. I got in touch with Tedak already a couple of years ago and did a race in the car – I felt at home in the team straight away. Before this season the team has built a new engine, I was in Italy before Covid-19 closed the borders and did eight laps in the car at the Maggiora circuit. They have the same passion for motorsport as me, and I hope that we will do well together!”

Bermingrud says the decision to move away from his own team has been a big one, especially after winning at Holjes last year. “We have had much success driving with our own team, but we also know our limit. It was a really hard decision to make, but I’m curious to see where this move can take me in the future.

"The Magic Weekend at Holjes is a race I will never forget. We finally managed to put a whole race together and I think we learned a lot from that. I have shown multiple times that we have the speed to win, but it's always the first one that is the hardest.”

The Norwegian is expecting a tough challenge when the season gets underway, but is proud to represent a new brand. “The Covid-19 outbreak has made preparations for the season difficult, but I hope we will can start the season where I left it last year with the Skoda. I’m really proud that I will drive a car from Alfa Romeo, built and run in Italy," he said.

"I take great pride in being a part of the development of the car and carrying on their great traditions in motorsport. I think we have a really high level of competition in the Super1600 class. Many good drivers are in crazy competitive cars.

"Like last year, I think Volland Racing is the team that stands strongest, but with so many good drivers in similar cars, anyone of them could win races and in the end, the championship.”

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