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BRYNTESSON GOES IT ALONE IN SEARCH OF TITLE

Thursday 19th of March 2020

Norway’s Thomas Bryntesson has confirmed that he will contest the FIA European Rallycross Championship in 2020 with a Volkswagen Polo Supercar run by his own team TBRX.

Bryntesson is looking to build on the success of the 2019 season in which he finished third in the championship standings, highlighted by victory in the German round at Estering, and podiums at Silverstone and Hell in Norway.

“We learned a lot about running our own team in Supercar last year. It is a hard championship with a lot of experienced teams, so it is a challenge to run a private team like we do,” he said.

“Everything was new for the whole team last year, but we learned a lot about the car, the set-up and how everything works from race to race. So we will start this season with much more confidence.”

The Norwegian, runner-up to Sweden’s Anton Marklund in the 2017 drivers’ battle, said his team of part-timers have been working round the clock in preparation for 2020.

“We are a little team who are working on evenings and weekends to get the car ready for the season. Everyone in my team has a full time job besides the rallycross,” he said.

“So our preparations have so far consisted of time in the garage during the winter. We are working hard and hope to start testing in the middle of April. On a personal level, I have been doing some physical training like running and gym training to be in a good shape for the new the season.”

Bryntesson says that there are some chassis upgrades on the VW Polo, some work on the dampers and a new engine from Trollspeed.

Having filled the minor placings in the championship standings in last three seasons, and with the 2019 European champion Robin Larsson switching to World RX full-time in 2020, Bryntesson believes he has a realistic chance at the title.

“Of course there are many good drivers this year including some new faces with a lot of rallycross experience, so it’s going to be tough,” he said. “I have been second and third in the championship before so my goal for this season is the gold medal.”

The full permanent entry list for the FIA European Rallycross Championships for Supercar and Super1600 will be released tomorrow.

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