Like what Nissan did with its factory driver pool into sportscar racing, Olsbergs MSE decided to not continue with all of its current FIA World Rallycross Championship drivers as the team failed to meet the good results of 2014 into the 2015 season and lost its close connection to Ford this year. Olsbergs fans should worry at this point, right? No, because what team owner Andreas Eriksson has along him is a good amount of talent, even though most of them are youngsters, like the new driver pair of the team.
Finnish driver Niclas Grönholm and Swedish driver Kevin Eriksson are incredibly young, with 19 and 18 years old respectively, what means that Olsbergs MSE will have the youngest lineup of the competition, but their records are well worth their seats into the Ford Fiesta ST supercars.
Niclas is the son of Marcus Grönholm, a WRC double champion and fierce frontrunner and also has wins in rallycross, who will oversee his son's spell into World RX. Niclas comes to the international scene with mainly national experience from RallyX Sweden and Rallicross Finland, but he also contested in RX Lites and at Höljes for the World RX last year, coming really close of getting a point, in 17th place. Due to his experience, he knows the Ford Fiesta ST really well.
Kevin Eriksson is the son of Andreas, the man behind the Olsbergs MSE empire, which not only covers the rallycross supercars but also their home built Supercar Lites, which became an opening door to youngsters and newcomers like Kevin to drive supercars. Kevin is coming full time to supercars after a title and a runner-up place in the 2014 and 2015 RX Lites seasons, and recently he got the RallyX On Ice title over RX Lites rival Thomas Bryntesson, also in one of the OMSE's little monsters, outpacing guys like Patrik Sandell, Richard Göransson, Sebastian Eriksson and Kevin's brother Oliver.
The new pair comes to replace Andreas Bakkerud, who went to Hoonigan Racing Division, Reinis Nitiss, who went to Münnich Motorsport, and reduces its program with the departure of Timur Timerzyanov to World RX Team Austria.
This is also the continuity of the rivalry of Eriksson with Kevin Hansen, as the brother of Timmy Hansen also stepped up to supercars with the Team Peugeot-Hansen.
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