Tue 11 Jun 2024

Brynildsen hoping to be the talk of the town on ERC return

Eyvind Brynildsen will go from presenting live coverage of the FIA European Rally Championship to chasing success on BAUHAUS Royal Rally Scandinavia, which hosts round three of the 2024 ERC season from 13 - 15 June.

Brynildsen hasn’t competed in the ERC since 2019 but remains a formidable competitor whenever his business and family commitments allow, as he demonstrated by winning the Norwegian championship-counting Numedalsrally in March and finishing fifth in WRC2 on Croatia Rally in April.  

And the 36-year-old, who co-presents and provides expert analysis for Rally.tv’s ERC and WRC coverage from time to time (pictured below), including during last year’s BAUHAUS Royal Rally of Scandinavia, reckons his bit-part rallying schedule has been a factor in his ongoing success.  

“I choose really early that I want a family, a second life, I don’t want to spend all my time in rallying, that’s so important to me,” Brynildsen said. “I met my wife when I was 16, we have three kids and when I come home everybody’s happy. Maybe that’s why I’ve never been a factory driver because I didn’t go all-in, I’ve always had a family. But you have to enjoy, enjoy, enjoy, smile, live your life and have fun. Have rallying and then go home, I think it’s really important.”

Brynildsen will contest BAUHAUS Royal Rally of Scandinavia in a GK Door Team Sweden Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 as team-mate to Christoffer Haglund, a successful businessman and national-level driver who co-founded the squad in 2023. Brynildsen’s fellow Norwegian Jørn Listerud will co-drive.

Colin’s Crest is calling for Brynildsen
Eyvind Brynildsen will have a score to settle when he makes his first BAUHAUS Royal Rally of Scandinavia appearance behind the wheel.   

He was co-presenting Rally.tv’s live coverage of the event in July 2023 when his fellow Norwegian, Mads Østberg, broke his Colin’s Crest jump record.   

Brynildsen leapt 45 metres aboard a Ford Fiesta R5 on Rally Sweden in February 2016 (pictured above) but Østberg landed two metres further in a Citroën C3 Rally2 during the inaugural BAUHAUS Royal Rally of Scandinavia when Colin’s Crest was included on the Colins stage during day two of the high-speed gravel event.  

Did you know?
From four ERC starts, Eyvind Brynildsen has a stage win and a best result of fourth place on EKO Acropolis Rally in 2018 (pictured below) to his name.

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