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Posted on 30. May, 2010 by Ryan.
Photo Credit: RallyCross.com
Heikkinen Wins Finish Rallycross Champion In Saab 9-3 yet again according to Mike Jager.
Heikkinen wins again in Finland!
At the second round of the Finish Rallycross championship in Hyvinkää, Toomas
Heikkinen took a very good start. He managed to stay ahead of his rivals and won again in a thrilling final.
1. Toomas Heikkinen (FIN), SAAB 9-3
2. Atro Määttä (FIN), Ford Focus
3. Harri Arola (FIN), Mitsubishi Lancer
4. Martti Simonen (FIN), Ford Fiesta
5. Jukka Lautamäki (FIN), Ford Escort
6. Janne Kanerva(FIN), Škoda Fabia
Posted on 20. Apr, 2010 by Ryan.
Photo Credit: Photo: © Lennart Pettersson
Mike Jager has recently covered Per Eklund’s protege, Toomas Heikkinen where he will participate in the first two events of the 2010 Finnish Rallycross Championship.
It was in March where we first learned that Heikkinen is being groomed by Eklund for future rallycross events with the Eklund team.
The Swedish Rallycross Championship, the ‘Rallycross Norden’ events and probably eight events of the 2010 FIA European Rallycross Championship is the plan for Per Eklund this year. Like Michael Jernberg yesterday, Andréas Eriksson this last saturday, and Kenneth Hansen last week, Eklund also attended Strängnäs Motorstadion for some testing before the season. He had this time only brought his “old” SAAB 9-3 with him. “Everything underneath is the same – it is only the model that is older – otherwise it is just as fast as my other Division 1 cars,”he explained.
Posted on 03. Mar, 2010 by Ryan.
Photo Credits: http://www.erc24.com/
Per Eklund appears to be grooming a young protege who will be joining Eklund Motorsport. A Finn, by the name of Toomas “Topi” Heikkinen who will be racing in this year’s Finnish rallycross according to enthusiast, Mike Jager
It’s nice to see experienced professionals realizing that for continuity sake, a younger generation needs to be transitioned in.
Finn Toomas “Topi” Heikkinen has made the move from circuit racing to Rallycross and will take part in this year’s Finnish ‘Super Rallicross’ championship in an Eklund Motorsport Saab 93 ERC.
Heikkinen (18) will contest a full season in the Finnish championship as well as driving the Saab in the Finnish round of the ERC in July. Further outings will be considered on the basis Heikkinen’s progress. Starts in the Swedish ERC round, and late season ERC events that fall after the end of the Finnish championship are under discussion.
Having raced karts since the age of eight, Heikkinen progressed to cars in a fairly conventional career path and drove in Formula Renault events in 2008 and ’09. The move to Rallycross is not unique; Finland’s most recent European champion, Jussi Pinomäki, was also an accomplished racer before switching codes.
“It is great to start taking part in a sport in which Finns have a fantastic history and several European champions. My team manager, Per Eklund, has also won the European championship, and Matti Alamäki, the living legend of Rallycross and a five-time European champion, is still driving in the Finnish championship. In company like that, you just have to grab the wheel like a man!” said Heikkinen, “Obviously there is a huge amount to learn. Just to start with, I’m not familiar with the high-powered engine and four-wheel drive of my car. During the winter I have been learning to drive a four-wheel drive vehicle in a Mitsubishi rally car on various Rallycross tracks. Rally driver Riku Tahko has been sitting beside me, and I’m starting to get the hang of it.” In kart racing Heikkinen was a contemporary of Timmy Hansen, Tom Blomqvist and Marcus Ericsson, he was a race winner during the 2009 Formula Renault NEC Cup season.
Posted on 23. Nov, 2009 by Ryan.
Photo Credit: RallyCross.com
The first edition of the ‘Solberg Extreme Motor Show’ has come to an end at the Telenor Arena at Fornebu.
Tommy Rustad (SAAB 9-3 from Eklund) won the final of the ‘Golden League’ from Marcus GrÃ¶nholm (Ford Fiesta Mk7) after Rustad won from P-G Andersson (Ford Fiesta Mk7) in the semi-final. GrÃ¶nholm won his semi-final from Mikko Hirvonen (Ford Fiesta Mk7).
In the ‘Real Deal’ class Per Eklund beat Sverre Isachsen (Ford Focus ST) in the final after both drivers won their semi-final from respectively Morten Bermingrud (CitroÃ«n C4) and Camilla Antonsen (Ford Focus).
Andreas Mikkelsen (Ford Focus ST) succeeded on Anders GrÃ¸ndal (Subaru Impreza) in the final of the ‘WRC’ class while Stian Haugan (CitroÃ«n Xsara) beat Terje Morstad (BMW M3) in the final of the Super National class.
Posted on 22. Oct, 2009 by Ryan.
Photo Credit: RallyCross.com
Per Eklund Wins FIA RallyCross Championship In Finland in his Saab 9-3 Sport Sedan.
Here are the details below thanks to Mike Jager.
Eklund wins in Finland!
Posted on 16. Jun, 2009 by Ryan.
Photo Credit: Per Eklund
Motor legend Per Eklund, 62, has competed in a Saab since 1965. Today he runs SM-premiere in rallycross in Svampabanan. Eklund welcome mate Christian von Koenigseggs purchase of the Swedish biljÃ¤tten. – Will it be we’ll be really funny, I can promise, “he says.
Posted on 07. Jun, 2009 by Ryan.
Photo Credit: ERC24
Per Eklund is out of the rallycross for a few races due to a recent accident during the first day of an Austrian European RallyCross Circuit.
I wish Per Eklund well in a recovery of his car and glad that he made it out alive.
The third of the five Division One races in the first qualifying heat was stopped after a crash involving Jussi PinomÃ¤ki, RenÃ© MÃ¼nnich and the car of Per Eklund.
The incident has brought the first day of the Austrian ERC event to a premature end, the Stewards of the Meeting suspending racing in the wake of the crash and holding over the re-run of the third race as well as the last two races in the heat until tomorrow.
There was pushing and contact between several cars in the first corner of the race, the result of which was that Per Eklund’s Saab was left stranded in the middle of the track just at the end of the downhill gravel section.
“Someone hit me in the first corner, it broke the steering and the car was stopped in the middle of the track. I couldn’t move it so I got out and ran away. When they come round again, Walfridsson and Procter just missed it but then there was dust and PinomÃ¤ki had no chance. He hit my car flat out and then MÃ¼nnich hit PinomÃ¤ki. My car is complete finished. There should have been a red flag when I stopped there, it’s crazy,” said Eklund.
The incident happened in full sight of many competitors from Divisions One-A and Two, as well as team members who had gathered to watch the race at the point.”I was watching from the top of the hill and half-a-lap before the cars came back here I knew this was going to be a big accident,” said D2 racer Knut Ove BÃ¸rseth, “The race should have been stopped immediately that Eklund stopped, his car was in the middle of the track.
“The crash followed a controversial incident in the fourth D1-A race in which Johan Larsson rolled in the long gravel corner at the end of the lap. “I told the organiser that they are not thinking about our safety because it was the same in our race,” said D1-A racer Timur Timerzyanov, “Larsson’s car was left in the middle of the track, it was on the racing line and we had to drive round it. And then thisâ€¦
“Clerk of the Course Karl Staudinger denied that a red flag had been necessary in the D1 race. “The marshal said that the car [Eklund’s Saab] was outside the racing line so I let the race continue but with two yellow flags on that post,” he said.
MÃ¼nnich got out of his car by himself but then collapsed on the ground where he was treated by the medical team who fitted a neck brace before removing him on a stretcher. PinomÃ¤ki was kept in his car talking with the medics until they were ready to move him to a stretcher.
Posted on 02. Jun, 2009 by Ryan.
Photo Credit: (C) 2009 by www.erc24.com
Our Per Eklund fan, Mike Jager has some new coverage of Per Eklund’s finish at a European Championship in Hungary.
EC Hungary: 10th place for Eklund!
Eklund is working hard in the economic circumstances and has been hit by the troubles surrounding General Motors and the impact that has had on Saab.â€œThereâ€™s nothing from Saab this year, that is a mess. It looks like it might get sorted out in a few weeks but the Swedish government does not want to give any money to GM, so perhaps Saab will go bust and then start again as a new Swedish company,â€ said Eklund.
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