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The 27-year-old Swede was left without a seat at the end of the 2018 season after Olsbergs MSE took a step back from the World RX championship for the 2019 season. He soon found a home at JC Racetecknik and went on to took four victories in the Euro RX championship on his way to a second title, as a reward for wrapping up the title early, Larsson was entered into the Latvian round of the World RX championship where he showed his strong pace.
This season he will race the Audi S1 Supercar that former World RX champion Mattias Ekstrom drove in 2018, updated to the latest specification by the EKS team.
"It’s so exciting to be entering the World Championship with a strong team and a good car. Last year, both me and Joel had our best seasons ever, so continuing this together with the team will be extra special," Larsson said. "Of course, there will be tough events with many fast drivers, but that’s what rallycross is all about."
Larsson has high hopes for the 2020 season. "We had good speed last year with good times against the World Championship drivers. Now that we are racing together on track I will be able to increase the pace even more."
"We’ll see during the first events how we stack up against the other teams. It would be nice to have good results straight away and to be able to continue that form. There are going to be many lovely battles I think."
The Swede says that his World RX entry was only possible thanks to backing from Br Öhman, Blåkläder and several of both the team's and Larsson's collaborative partners.
"Joel, dad [Lars Larsson] and Simpa [Simon Eriksson] have helped a lot with getting the budget together for this year, the World Championship has always been the target," he said. "When Mats Öhman and Br Öhman came in and supported us like they have, it was an amazing feeling, it’s very good of them. And it’s also thanks to all of our partners, because without them this wouldn’t be possible."
Confirmed 2020 FIA World Rallycross Championship entries thus far:
Guerlain Chicherit – GCK Unkorrupted – Renault Clio R.S RX
Rokas Baciuska – GCK Unkorrupted – Renault Clio R.S RX
Timo Scheider – All-Inkl.com Munnich Motorsport – Seat Ibiza
Rene Munnich – All-Inkl.com Munnich Motorsport – Seat Ibiza
Niclas Gronholm – GRX Taneco – Hyundai i20
Timur Timerzyanov – GRX Taneco – Hyundai i20
Anton Marklund - GCK Bilstein - Renault Megane R.S RX
Robin Larsson - JC Raceteknik - Audi S1