Tuesday 16 October 2018

Its a perfect 10 for unstoppable Kristoffersson in Buxtehude.

The 2018 FIA World Rallycross Champion Johan Kristoffersson started off where he ended in Austin, Texas by claiming victory in Buxtehude, Germany.

Kristoffersson made it clear heading into the weekend that he is targeting victory at the Estering, having not taking victory since the series inception back in 2014. The Swede did not have it easy throughout the weekend, but muscled his way to the top, and claimed a record breaking 10th victory of the season in 11 rounds. 

“I can tell you now, the view from the top step of the podium in Buxtehude is a good one!," said Kristoffersson“At times this weekend I was thinking: “It’s Buxtehude again, I’m still not going to make the podium!”

“But I did it," he adds. "It was a shame that Petter and I were in the same semi-final, but we both made it through and going into that first corner after I came from the joker lap was a little bit like syncronised sliding – that was really good fun."

The final was a mixed affair. In the first Final race, Johan got off to a slow start seeing Andreas Bakkerud take the lead, but the Swede quickly muscled his way into the lead. The race was red flagged on lap 3, after Kevin Hansen crashed. At the restart the Swede had a much better launch and controlled the race from there.

“The final worked well, but I’m really sorry for Petter," said Kristoffersson. "You know last time out in Texas, he was the super-quick guy and he was really on it here again. I think we’re going to see Petter even more determined in South Africa."

The 2018 FIA World RX Teams Champions - PSRX Volkswagen Sweden.
PHOTO CREDIT: FIA World Rallycross
Although, Motorsport is driven by numbers, the Swede is not interested in the numbers/records that he continues to set this season. “For me, this sport and this championship’s not about numbers," the Swede says. "Winning 10 races is nice, but that’s something to look back on when I’m old and have grandchildren on my knee to tell them the story about when Grampa was a fast driver!" 

Kristoffersson feels that the teams story is more important then his own: "There are so many people who work so hard behind the scenes and today is for them. To win one FIA world title as a team is an amazing achievement, but to win two in the way we have done is a mark of a group of people who truly are the best in the world. I want to thank you all!” 

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