Tuesday 1 May 2018

Kristoffersson claims victory for PSRX Volkswagen Sweden in the Portuguese snow.

PHOTO CREDIT: FIA World Rallycross Media
PSRX Volkswagen Sweden's Johan Kristoffersson took his second win in a dominant fashion, in the World RX final on Sunday, while Petter Solberg overcame a dramatic semi-final to clinch third in what turned out to be a snowy final.

All the teams were expecting changeable weather conditions during the second round of the World RX season, but nothing prepared the paddock for the snow storm that hit on Sunday. 

"From the second row of the grid in the semi-finals, my plan was to follow the leader on the main lap, but after [Andreas] Bakkerud slid wide I grabbed the chance and was very happy to take the win," said Kristoffersson. "But then the snow really started to fall and I was wondering what could happen in the final – in the end, it was perfect for us. The car was great and I couldn’t be happier. Sure, the battle at the top is getting closer, so to take two wins from two starts – and to have Petter on the podium as well – is the perfect start to the season for me and for the whole PSRX Volkswagen Sweden team."

Petter Solberg didn't have a straight forward Sunday but pulled off an incredible comeback drive in the semi-final to overcome stalling on the line. "What a fantastic race that final was. It was unbelievable and a really nice way for me to forget about stalling on the line in the semi-final," said Solberg. "I drove like hell through that race, I was sure I wouldn’t make the top three, but I did. What we have done here is race smart and take the points. That’s so important."

PSRX Volkswagen Sweden now lead the FIA World RX teams championship standings by 16 points (a total of 96 points), while Johan Kristoffersson leads the drivers' standings by 9 points to his nearest rival Andreas Bakkerud with team-mate Petter Solberg in third (10 points down on the championship leader.)

Written By: Junaid Samodien
Source: PSRX Volkswagen Sweden

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