Could it be that Per Eklund is actually making a slow exit from rallying whilst allowing his cars to keep on running in the hands of others?
Being a long way from the rallycross circuit, I don’t know if this is a normal thing, but two of Per Eklund’s cars will be making an appearance in the UK this weekend and neither of them will have Per at the wheel:
The biggest Rallycross meeting of the year in the country gets underway at Croft Circuit near Darlington this forthcoming weekend (November 3rd & 4th) when a host of international stars descend on the North Yorkshire track for the 2007 Jersey Farm Hotel Rallycross Superprix.
Featuring the very best drivers from Europe taking on their British and Irish counterparts, it will be the only time that British fans will see the cream of Europe’s drivers in action in their various cars and with a number of added attractions, it certainly is not one to be missed…..
…..Recently crowned British Champion Ollie O’Donovan will be at the wheel of Per Eklund’s Saab 9_3 and he’ll resume battle with the likes of Pat Doran (Ford Fiesta), Andrew Jordan (Ford Focus), Steve Hill (Mitsubishi) and Derrick Jobb (Ford Escort), whilst 2006 British Champion Christopher Evans makes a welcome return in his Opel Astra, but it could well be closer to home where the strongest challenge comes from.
Northallerton’s Dave Bellerby makes his Division 1 debut in another one of Eklund’s Saabs and team mate Kevin Procter from Leeming Bar was the only driver to beat Hansen at last year’s event so will be looking for a repeat in his Ford Puma.
I don’t know if Per’s handing in the keys, but it certainly is an interesting development. It’s a development that’s been gathering momentum, too, as Per’s also had Irish driver Andrew Nesbitt in the car in recent months.
I’ve already expressed my opinion that Per should retire and spend his time as a race team manager rather than a driver, and I still think it’d be a good thing. He’s got so much experience to hand on to the next generation – can he do that adequately whilst he’s concentrating on driving?
All that aside, anyone in the area of this event should pop up and have a look. Sounds like it’d be an exciting event!