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Rosberg X Racing retains Mikaela Ahlin Kottulinsky and Johan Kristoffersson

RXR had been narrowly denied back-to-back championship honours contained in the Excessive E Season 2 finale, when victory on the Uruguay Pure Power X Prix closing November went the most effective methods of Sir Lewis Hamilton’s X44 Vida Carbon Racing.Rosberg X Racing retains Mikaela Ahlin Kottulinsky and Johan Kristoffersson.

Mechanical components on the Antofagasta Minerals Copper X Prix meant the group failed to begin in an Excessive E Remaining for the primary time. This misfortune contained in the penultimate spherical, mixed with falling wanting a spot contained in the Remaining in Uruguay, noticed Åhlin-Kottulinsky and Kristoffersson end merely two elements behind Season 2 champions Sébastien Loeb and Cristina Gutiérrez.

Their tempo contained in the RXR ODYSSEY 21 was by no means unsure. Out of the 5 X Prix contained in the calendar, the Swedish duo achieved as quickest qualifiers thrice, and took the easiest step of the rostrum twice – on the season-opener in NEOM, Saudi Arabia, and the second spherical of the Sardinian double-header. What’s additional, the pair scored the quickest mixed time contained in the Continental Traction Downside in three out of the 5 race weekends.

Mikaela Åhlin-Kottulinsky, RXR, mentioned: “Becoming a member of RXR closing 12 months was a dream come true. I learnt a lot from Johan and the group, so to return once more as soon as extra for but yet another season is implausible. I can’t wait to get behind the wheel and provides it the entire thing I’ve obtained. It’s going to be an epic season!”

Nico Rosberg, Rosberg X Racing Founder and CEO, mentioned: “I’m nice joyful that Mikaela and Johan have signed for but yet another season. With the expertise and observe doc of each drivers, we’re going to likely be ready for the battle and hopefully make for some thrilling motion on observe. Remaining 12 months, we sadly didn’t take dwelling the championship trophy, nonetheless this 12 months we plan on giving it our all!”

Johan Kristoffersson, RXR, mentioned: “I’m very joyful to proceed with RXR. I’m assured that we’ll assemble on our expertise and could be discovered as soon as extra stronger than ever. Having Mikaela on my side for but yet another season is an additional motivation. She’s an ideal specific particular person on and off the observe and and he or she has actually impressed me collectively alongside along with her enchancment and her will to work.”

Kristoffersson, who has now secured 5 wins for RXR all via two seasons, is the most-decorated FIA World Rallycross Championship driver in historic earlier and secured his fifth World Rallycross crown in 2022. Since turning right into a member of World Rallycross in 2014, Kristoffersson has amassed 35 wins and 50 podiums.

Alongside his Excessive E and World Rallycross championship wins, Kristoffersson has gained titles contained in the Scandinavian Touring Automotive Championship (STCC), Superstars Worldwide Assortment, and Porsche Carrera Cup Scandinavia. The Swede brings intensive expertise and ability in numerous disciplines to his Excessive E efforts, as RXR bid for his or her second title this 12 months.

Earlier to turning right into a member of RXR, Åhlin-Kottulinsky competed for JBXE, claiming third place contained in the first-ever Excessive E season. The Swede began her occupation with Rallycross, earlier than shifting to the circuit to point out into the primary woman to win a race contained in the German Scirocco R-Cup in 2014.

Solely 4 years later, she made historic earlier with a race win contained in the Scandinavian Touring Automotive Championship as the primary feminine driver to ever compete contained in the sequence. In 2021, she achieved second contained in the STCC, having secured 4 wins all via her time competing contained in the championship.

2022 marked a sturdy season for Åhlin-Kottulinsky in numerous disciplines, with first place finishes contained in the Rally Jameel and Dash Downside Scandinavia alongside third in Nitro Rallycross.

Åhlin-Kottulinsky furthermore continues in her function as take a look at driver for Excessive E’s Founding Affiliate Continental, serving to to develop the CrossContact tyre for the sequence’ ODYSSEY 21 e-SUVs.

Kristoffersson and Åhlin-Kottulinsky’s success inside the game was acknowledged closing 12 months when each had been awarded the Motor Prince Medal, alongside fellow Excessive E driver Timmy Hansen. Åhlin-Kottulinsky is the primary ever feminine driver to amass this honour.