Two-time FIA European Rallycross Champion and World Rallycross Championship podium-finisher Anton Marklund will race a Hyundai i20 RX1 for SET Promotion in the 2022 Euro RX series.
Swedish driver Marklund has competed in European and World Rallycross Championship events since 2011, and has claimed two titles, in the TouringCar category in 2012 and the headline Euro RX1 division in 2017.
SET Promotion first entered Euro RX events in 2003, and has scored nine titles, over 50 wins and more than 100 podiums as part of its rich history in the series.
In various guises, SET and Marklund have competed directly against each other in both Euro RX and World RX campaigns in recent seasons, and have now joined forces for 2022, with the goal of challenging for the Euro RX crown.
The Euro RX1 series will run over six rounds in 2022, five events accompanying rounds of the World Rallycross Championship and the first round run as a standalone event at the historic Nyirad Circuit in Hungary, next month.
Marklund tested the SET Hyundai i20 RX1 (formerly Supercar) in Finland recently, while more running is planned ahead of the Euro RX season getting underway.
Anton Marklund (SWE) #92:
“Since even before I started racing in rallycross myself, I have seen SET Promotion always competing at the top of the category they are in. From the outside, SET has always looked very professional. We started to discuss what we could do this year at the end of last season, and finally have decided to work together this year. There will be a lot of cars and drivers at a very high level in the European Championship so it will be far from easy, but the target for this season is to challenge for the title. I’ve driven the car in a small test already and I have to say I was quite surprised with how good it was on the gravel. In general, the car and team share the same philosophy that I have had myself for the last couple of years, so it feels very good and hopefully we can continue that preparation all the way to the first race. I’m really looking forward to Holjes as my home event, and the round in Norway as it is pure fun to drive there. I’m also looking forward to going back to Hungary, I raced there in 2013 and it’s an amazing track. Kicking off the season at an old-school circuit will be great.”
Aleksi Koskinen, SET Promotion Euro RX1 Team Manager:
“It’s a very exciting year that we have ahead of us. This is a new role for me as Team Manager, and a new position for Anton as he returns to a full European Championship season with our Hyundai. Anton and I worked together in 2014 and 2015 in the World Rallycross Championship with Marklund Motorsport, and it’s been great to see his development as a driver through the years. We’ve put a really strong team together for this year, full of experienced people and we have one goal. Without doubt that is to fight for another championship title for both Anton and SET Promotion. The level will be high in Euro RX this year and I’m looking forward to some great battles.”
Jussi Pinomäki, SET Promotion Team Principal:
“SET Promotion feels very at home in the European Rallycross Championship. As a team we have enjoyed many years of very good competition in the championship, and much success. We don’t ever take that for granted however and a lot of hard work has gone into preparing for this season with Anton. Aleksi will oversee the Euro RX campaign as Team Manager, he has been a big part of SET for a number of years and has a lot of experience. The level will be high in Euro RX, but when you combine the experience of the team together with Anton’s clear ability and experience as a driver at the highest level in rallycross, I think we can expect to enjoy a lot of close racing.”
FIA Euro RX1 2022 Calendar
R1 – Nyirad, Hungary – May 21/22
R2 – Holjes, Sweden – July 2/3
R3 – Hell, Norway – August 13/14
R4 – Riga, Latvia – September 3/4
R5 – Montalegre, Portugal – September 17/18
R6 – Spa, Belgium – October 8/9
Find full Euro RX information can be found on the FIA World Rallycross Championship website
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