Date of birth : 14/01/1988
Who is he? A regular in the world championship’s second tier for several seasons, Brynildsen is embarking on a maiden ERC assault in 2018 armed with a Ford Fiesta R5 from Ken Skidmore’s Autotek Motorsport stable.
Why the change? “The ERC is the best for me at the moment,” says Brynildsen. “It’s a championship with some of the best rallies of the year and the best fans and a championship I was very keen to try out after nearly 50 starts in the WRC.”
Duty called: Upon announcing his ERC campaign, Bynildsen revealed he would have contested season-opening Azores Airlines Rallye had it not been for a new addition to the family. “My wife gave birth to our third child.”
Puzzle pieces: A class title winner in Norway last season, Brynildsen’s programme will include Rally Islas Canarias and the EKO Acropolis Rally. “Then if all the pieces in the puzzle fall into the right places we will continue the championship,” Brynildsen explains.
Plenty to learn: The 30-year-old’s switch to the ERC will put him on a learning curve in terms of untried events, not that he’s fazed by the prospect. “I’m maybe not young and promising anymore, only promising! I have done quite a few rallies in my career and for many years I drove a truck and trailer in our family business, so my memory for roads is not too bad. I like the challenge with new rallies and it just motivates me to prepare myself better than anyone else.”
New co-driver: After Torstein Eriksen co-drove Brynildsen on Rally Islas Canarias, Veronica Engan was called up for the Acropolis due to a clashing commitment for Eriksen. They last worked together 10 years ago but there were no signs of rustiness as they claimed a strong fourth overall after early delays.
Azores Airlines Rallye: DNE
Rally Islas Canarias: 9
EKO Acropolis Rally: 4
Cyprus Rally: DNE
Rally di Roma Capitale: DNE
Barum Czech Rally Zlín: DNE
Rally Poland: DNE