Rising Swedish rally star Isak Reiersen and the JC Raceteknik team will focus on gaining experience and seat time with a programme in the Swedish and Norwegian Rally Championships this year.
19-year-old Reiersen first stepped into rallying in 2020, increasing his efforts with local Swedish events in 2021, while also racing in the highly competitive Nordic-based RallyX Crosscar rallycross category. Having claimed that coveted title in 2021, Reiersen switched his focus to rally full-time.
Last year, the young Swede contested a range of rally events in Sweden and Norway, and made his international debut, contesting his home round of the World Rally Championship, Rally Sweden, and the Latvian round of the European Rally Championship, Rally Liepaja.
Driving an M-Sport built Ford Fiesta Rally4, the same car he will continue to drive this year, Reiersen delivered class podiums on the domestic scene, while impressing with his pace and performance on the big stage.
Now, competing in the competitive Rally4 category, Reiersen will work on gaining experience and seat time in the Swedish and Norwegian Rally Championships. The five-round Swedish series gets underway next month with Rally Lima, but first, Reiersen and co-driver Lucas Karlsson will contest the first of six rounds in the Norwegian Rally Championship, Rally Elverum, on January 20-21.
Joel Christoffersson, JC Raceteknik Team Principal:
“Isak impressed last year, especially on the big events where he performed beyond his years of experience, at the ERC round in Latvia and on the WRC round in Sweden. This season, we are focusing on getting as much seat time as possible. Being successful in rally is all about building experience. A good driver can be fast on some stages, but you have to be a good and experienced driver to be consistently fast on multiple stages and rallies. So the plan for 2023 is to work with Isak to increase that skill set. It’s going to be a lot of fun.”
Isak Reiersen (SWE):
“This year we will resume the work we did last year, to develop as much as possible on all levels. We want to get as much seat time as possible and a combined SM and NM programme is the most efficient way to achieve that. Having Lucas with me this year, a driven and committed co-driver who sat with me for my ERC debut in Latvia 2022, will be very good. I want to thank Johan Johansson for the collaboration we had last year and all the things he taught me as well as the fun moments in the car. I wish him the best of luck for his future challenges. Of course, this would not be possible without the work and support of a lot of people so I’d like to say a big thank you to them. With consistency and hard work, I think this year will be educational and fun too!”