#YellowSquad is finally kicking off its 2020 campaign by fielding a pair of Supercar Lites machines for next month’s RallyX Nordic Magic Weekend rallycross event on July 2-5 at Höljes, Sweden.
Norwegian driver Henrik Krogstad will pilot one of the team’s Ford Fiesta Supercar Lites cars for his #YellowSquad debut, and immediately starts as a favourite for success. He took the RX2 International Series by storm in 2018 by finishing third in the championship in his rookie season, driving a similar car to the one he’ll race for #YellowSquad in a few weeks’ time.
#YellowSquad also hopes to field a second Fiesta at Höljes for 16-year-old rallycross prodigy Dan Skocdopole. Despite his young years Dan already has experience of the RallyX Nordic championship, having raced in the Supercars class during last year’s season finale at Tierp. Now he’ll be making his long-awaited debut in a Supercar Lites car, beginning his journey aimed at becoming the youngest FIA World Rallycross Championship winner ever.
With #YellowSquad’s primary campaign in RX2 postponed until August due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it has embraced the opportunity to participate in the blockbuster Magic Weekend event on home soil. It’s the first round of the RallyX Nordic championship and also the first high-profile rallycross event taking place in 2020.
To comply with government regulations in Sweden, the Magic Weekend event is a closed-doors meeting. The renowned ‘Happy Street’ that’s usually brimming with fans enjoying the action will unfortunately be empty but instead fans can watch all the action on organiser RX Promotion’s crowdfunded live stream, which costs €19.99 when purchased before June 25.
#YellowSquad will be also pioneer a stringent COVID-safe approach to team operations that goes above and beyond recommendations set out by motorsport’s governing body, the FIA.
Henrik KrogstadLites driver
“I'm extremely excited. I can't wait. I feel prepared and I'm feeling good. Just to be racing in these difficult times is great by itself. To have it in Höljes, and with a big event like this, with a high-quality broadcast, it will be very good.
“I don't really know what my speed is going to be like now, so it's hard to know what kind of expectations to have. But, of course, I'm always driving for the win and the best result I can get. I really hope to fight for a victory.
“I really believe in this #YellowSquad team and having two drivers working together, trying to get the best results possible. I know the Hansens have put everything in order for us drivers to succeed. I really believe in this team and the spirit it has.”
Kevin HansenTeam Principal
“We are a team that is prepared, a team that is hungry for success, and a team that is determined to embrace a teamwork mentality. This delay has given us extra 'free' time to develop the team further and build a stronger foundation. So #YellowSquad will be very strong from the beginning of the season: we are prepared and we believe in our two drivers.
“In the absence of being able to work together in person, we have worked remotely on the driver's physical regime. It's very essential as there was a lot to be gained there, especially when they come out on track. The preparation and training they've put in is very nice to see.
“Henrik has also been doing a lot of sim racing, and we have been working on some things we saw during the Esports events that he had to improve on. Unfortunately Dan wasn't able to participate in those events but he has done some other driving in his country, in the Czech Republic, so I'm sure he has been preparing in his way as much as possible. It's a driver line-up that is now better prepared than they would have been for the original season opener at Barcelona in April.”