Olsbergs MSE, Honda Visit Atlantic City for Red Bull GRC
After a Month Away, Olsbergs MSE Looks For Win Number Two of 2017
• Third Doubleheader Key to Championship Hopes For Mitchell deJong
• Manufacturers’ Championship Battle Heats Up in New Jersey
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (August 9, 2017) – After a month of recovery from the opening seven intense rounds of the Red Bull Global Rallycross season, Olsbergs MSE (OMSE) and drivers Oliver Eriksson, Mitchell deJong and Sebastian Eriksson return to Atlantic City, NJ for the third doubleheader event of 2017.
The .902-mile layout is new to the Bader Field municipal airport circuit, featuring nine turns and a 41.6 percent dirt surface. The OMSE team competed at the airfield in 2016, but this year’s layout is significantly different. Last year, Sebastian Eriksson finished sixth at the fast, technical track, and he has high hopes for this year’s races, thanks to significant improvements to the Honda Civic Coupe chassis and drivetrain.
“Last year, we raced well at the track but were caught in some unnecessary carnage in the Final,” said the 24-year-old Eriksson. “This year, the track is now counter-clockwise and features longer straightaways, and I think that, with the team’s development throughout the year, we’ll be ready to fight for wins and podiums here.”
“For one, this event may be the most important so far, because we’re coming down to a close run for the Manufacturers’ Championship,” said 19-year-old rookie, Mitchell deJong. “It’s important for us to capitalize on our opportunities, because we have a good chance of leading the championship battle by the end of the weekend.”
After the second top-five finish of his rookie campaign, 18-year-old Oliver Eriksson looks to carry his momentum into New Jersey this weekend.
“Battling the best teams and drivers is what we’re all about,” said Eriksson. “After seeing the layout, I think we will do just that; go toe-to-toe with the veterans and show them what Olsbergs MSE Honda is all about: tough, fair racing and fighting until the very end.”
Honda is just six points out of first-place in the season-long Manufacturers’ Championship. With points awarded to only a manufacturer’s highest-finishing driver, the three Honda Racing Civic Coupes will provide the manufacturer with ample opportunities to achieve the top spot by the mid-October season finale in Los Angeles.
The 600-horsepower, four-wheel drive Civic Coupe has accumulated 11 top-five finishes, three podiums and a win by Sebastian Eriksson in Louisville this season. Track activity begins on Saturday at 8:50 a.m. EDT with Supercar Practice. Television coverage of the Atlantic City doubleheader will begin at 5 p.m. EDT on Saturday on NBC, while Sunday’s coverage will begin at 4:30 p.m. EDT, also on NBC.
For streaming coverage, Go to www.nbcsports.com/live at the time of the broadcasts.
For live timing and scoring of all sessions, go to www.livetiming.net/grc