Thursday 12 April 2018

PSRX Volkswagen Sweden begin title defense in Barcelona

The 2018 PSRX Volkswagen Sweden camouflage livery
Copyright: PSRX Volkswagen Sweden
After 153 days away from competition, the 2018 World Rallycross season is only days away. PSRX Volkswagen Sweden are raring to go but are aware that the competition is going to be fierce this year. 

"We all need to work very hard, the boys need to stay out of trouble and focus on the team strategy to defend our two FIA World RX titles. Now we’re looking forward to an exciting season with fair and professional driving. Petter Solberg will start his 50th World RX race this weekend", said Pernilla Solberg, PSRX Volkswagen Sweden Team Principal.

Last year was the team’s rookie season and the three-way partnership between Petter’s PSRX squad, Volkswagen Sweden and Volkswagen Motorsport couldn’t have worked better. It was the dream start, with both titles taken with two rounds to spare and victory in eight of the 12 races. 

The first round of the season takes place at Circuit de Catalunya-Barcelona from 14-15 April, where PSRX Volkswagen will begin their title defense. 

Petter Solberg said: “Catalunya is a good track for me, it’s got some nice longer corners where you can bring a little bit more speed. This Volkswagen Polo R Supercar we have is an unbelievable car to drive, you know we are hitting 100kph in under two seconds; we are accelerating faster than a Formula 1 car and then we are going to gravel. Honestly, this sport is just fantastic – the thrill you have when you are sitting waiting to go is fantastic. I love it. My target for my 50th World RX race is to give them (the Spanish fans) a Petter Solberg win to celebrate!"

All eyes will be on defending FIA World Rallycross Champion, Johan Kristoffersson who dominated the 2017 season winning seven out of the 12 rounds. And clinching the title with 2 rounds to go. Johan Kristoffersson said:“Last year was unbelievable for me, winning at home in Höljes was something else and then breaking some records was amazing, but I think this year will be tougher. Last year we were able to surprise some people, but now they’re ready – and I think a few of the teams are even having some surprises for us!"


Image Copyright: PSRX Volkswagen Sweden
Written By: Junaid Samodien

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