Kristoffersson show in Riga –
Johan Kristoffersson wins again in Riga – title within touching distance
sixth win in a row.
He has done it again: Johan Kristoffersson (S) of the PSRX Volkswagen Sweden team, won round nine of the FIA World Rallycross Championship (WRX) in Riga, Latvia. The speedy Swede in the Polo R Supercar was once again the dominant force. Win number eight of the season takes Kristoffersson beyond his previous record, which he set in 2017. The latest triumph sees the reigning champion open up a huge lead in the overall standings: with 254 points to his name, Kristoffersson’s advantage over his compatriot Mattias Ekström (181) now stands at 73 points, putting the title within touching distance. His team-mate Petter Solberg (N), who narrowly missed out on a place in the final, is now fifth with 175 points, just one point behind Sébastien Loeb (F).
Kristoffersson dominated the qualifying heats, followed by Loeb and Ekström. Third place in the third heat on Sunday could not knock the Swede out of his stride – he promptly set a new fastest lap time in heat four. Kristoffersson, “powered by Volkswagen”, then emphatically defeated Ekström and Loeb in the final.
The next round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship takes place in Austin (USA) from 29 to 30 September.
Johan Kristoffersson (S), Volkswagen Polo R Supercar #1
“What a fantastic weekend here in Riga. Last year I won my first world title here. It felt great to be back. Qualifying was tough – fortunately I beat Loeb by nine thousandths of a second in the first heat. My Polo felt fantastic the whole time and our pace was very good throughout, even when I made the odd little mistake here and there. A big thank you goes to the entire team, which made this great result here possible.”
Petter Solberg (N), Volkswagen Polo R Supercar #11
“Latvia has been, and remains, a difficult place for me. That is now the third year in a row that it has not worked out here. That is a shame, as our pace was actually good – only I never really worked out how to use it properly. I had a lot of traffic and then lost too much time battling for position. In the semi-final, I suddenly took a hard hit from behind, skidded into the wall and missed out on the final. However, I am obviously very pleased for Johan. It is almost abnormal the kind of results he is achieving. I am very proud to drive in the same team as him.”