WRX: Kristoffersson and Polo R Supercar dominate fifth season race in Norway.
Worthy of world champions.
Undefeated en route to win number four of the season: It may have been a home race for Petter Solberg (N), but Johan Kristoffersson (S) must have felt more at home than in his own front room at round five of the FIA World Rallycross Championship (WRX) in Hell (N). At the wheel of the Volkswagen Polo R Supercar, the defending champion from the PSRX Volkswagen Sweden team won all of his qualifying heats, the semi-final and the final. In so doing, Kristoffersson became only the second driver in the history of the World Rallycross Championship to achieve this remarkable feat. Petter Solberg (N) made the best start from the back of the grid to take third place in the final, and to play a major role in ensuring that his PSRX team extended its lead in both competitions within the world championship.
Kristoffersson picked up the maximum points haul of 30 and now leads Sébastien Loeb (F, Peugeot) by 31 points. Solberg follows a further two points back. In the Team competition, PSRX Volkswagen Sweden now holds a 39-point lead over the Peugeot and Audi works teams. Round six of the season will take place from 30 June to 01 July in Höljes, Sweden – not only a legendary place of pilgrimage for Rallycross fans, but also the home round of the world championship for PSRX and Kristoffersson.
Johan Kristoffersson: “An absolutely fantastic weekend! I felt right at home from the outset, in every single race and in all conditions. That is precisely what it takes to be successful in Rallycross.”
Petter Solberg: “I worked extremely hard all weekend for this result. My tyres were already rather worn in the final. Despite that, I made a good start and then chaos broke out in front of me. My race was a clean one. I am very happy with the podium here at my home event in Norway.”