HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. — Red Bull will sponsor three-time Global Rallycross championship team Olsbergs MSE for the Red Bull Global Rallycross season.
“We’re the most winning team in series history and with new faces and strong partners, we intend to continue that streak,” said team owner Andreas Eriksson. “I’m happy to welcome Red Bull to the team, as well as returning partners Ford and Bluebeam.”
Fresh talent Joni Wiman will move into the top class of competition this year to pilot the Red Bull/Bluebeam OMSE Ford Fiesta ST. The up-and-coming Finnish driver swept the GRC Lites championship last year, winning every round. With Red Bull support this year, he is expected to be an immediate threat in the SuperCars competition.
“Moving into the top class of competition this year after having such a great run last season in GRC Lites is an amazing opportunity,” said Wiman. “Joining the elite Red Bull athlete roster as I take this important step in my career is a dream come true.”
The young driver is a protégé of two-time World Rally Champion Marcus Grönholm, who serves as a coach and mentor on the Olsbergs MSE team.
Ford returns to the team this year, extending their longstanding relationship with the Olsbergs MSE team continuing to drive the 600-horsepower all-wheel drive Ford Fiesta rallycross SuperCars.
“Together, Ford and OMSE have been a dominant and driving force in Global Rallycross, with Fiesta ST winning three straight GRC championships and 19 X Games medals,” said Jamie Allison, director, Ford Racing. “Ford and Olsbergs MSE have built an incredibly successful package with the Ford Fiesta ST and we’re looking forward to another strong season.”
Bluebeam Software is returning to Olsbergs MSE, joining Red Bull in supporting Wiman’s talent behind the wheel.
“We are excited to see how much farther Wiman can push the limits of rallycross this season,” said Richard Lee, president and CEO of Bluebeam Software. “With the GRC Lites championship under his belt, wins in every race in the series last season and coaching from Marcus Grönholm, we expect to see some extreme racing from him.”
Champion rally driver Patrik Sandell will drive a second OMSE Ford Fiesta ST in the Red Bull Global Rallycross SuperCars category. The Swedish driver is returning for a second year to the series after a strong debut season last year with Ford and Olsbergs MSE.
The successful GRC Lites development series, which debuted last year in the United States as a support to the Global Rallycross championship, will also return this year. With last season’s champion Wiman graduating to the SuperCars category, Olsbergs MSE will field young Red Bull phenom Mitchell DeJong in the Red Bull GRC Lites car, as well as up-and-coming Swedish driver Kevin Eriksson.