Foust joins at CanadaRX

2015-07-31

American Tanner Foust will partner regular Marklund Motorsport driver Toomas “Topi” Heikkinen at the seventh round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship in Canada, at the famous Trois-Rivieres circuit (7-8 August).

Foust will score points for Marklund Motorsport in the teams championship, standing in for Swedish driver PG Andersson, who will return to his regular seat at the following round in Norway. The opening period of the 2015 World RX season has held mixed emotions for the Marklund Motorsport team – great results have been combined with frustrating finishes, but heading into the mid-season break, Heikkinen backed up victory at round three in Belgium with a fourth place finish at the team’s home round at Holjes, Sweden. The team scored strong results at the Canadian round of the championship last season – 2014 driver Anton Marklund finishing on the podium while Heikkinen and wildcard Patrick Carpentier also made the final.

 Heikkinen is targeting a podium finish as the championship visits North America for the second time. “Canada is a really, really nice and beautiful country. Last year the people there embraced rallycross and I think they know how to make a great race. The track is quite a tricky; it’s different from a lot of tracks in Europe. Last year there was a lot of soft gravel and long straights, I think it should suit our car quite well. We were in the final in Sweden and we are aiming for that in Canada too, but hopefully we can reach the podium, that is the plan,” said Heikkinen. “We are driving for points too and we need to make a good result together with the team for points in both championships.”

Double X Games gold medallist and American Top Gear TV presenter Tanner Foust will join Marklund Motorsport for the third time this season. Foust won in Finland in 2014, driving the Volkswagen Polo RX, but was out of luck in Canada last year. “The car is quite a bit more refined than when I raced in Canada last year, and I’m looking forward to getting back in the WRX groove. It’s always tricky to come into the series as a guest driver because you have just a little less familiarity with the car, the tracks and just the overall racing flow, but I’ll do my best to get up to speed quickly,” said Foust. “Last year the team was very close to winning the teams championship. I was proud to contribute to that then and this year I will hopefully have a greater influence in my last two rounds of FIA World Rallycross than I did in the first two.”

 Marklund Motorsport team manager, Michael Schneider, is confident of a good result in Canada. “Our first half of the season had many ups and downs, for sure the highlight was the event at Mettet, where we dominated all weekend with both Topi and PG winning their semi-finals and Topi winning the final,” said Schneider. “Canada was one of our strongest weekends last season and we are very much looking forward to it.”

 

FIA World Rallycross Championship Drivers’ Standings:

 1 Petter Solberg 159

2 Johan Kristoffersson 115

3 Andreas Bakkerud 113

4 Timmy Hansen 104

5 Reinis Nitiss 96

6 Davy Jeanney 88

7 Mattias Ekstrom 87

8 Toomas Heikkinen 75

9 PG Andersson 51

 

 FIA World Rallycross Championship Teams’ Standings:

1 Ford OlsbergsMSE 209

2 Team Peugeot-Hansen 192

3 SDRX 182

4 VW Team Sweden 154

5 Marklund Motorsport 126

6 EKS 115

7 World RX Team Austria 43

8 Munnich Motorsport 8