|PHOTO CREDIT: Kristoffersson Motorsport
Two-time World Rallycross champion Johan Kristoffersson will switch courses, and in 2019 he compete in the WTCR championship with the Sébastien Loeb Racing team.
PSRX Volkswagen Sweden recently withdrew from the World RX championship for the 2019 season leaving the Swede without a seat for 2019.
The Sébastien Loeb Racing team have expanded to a four team for the 2019 season with four Golf GTI TCRs. In addition to Kristoffersson joining the team, Rob Huff and Mehdi Bennani will remain in the team for the 2019 campaign.
It will be the first time that Kristoffersson competes in the FIA World Touring Car Cup (WTCR), but he has good merits with Volkswagen cars. Kristoffersson claimed the 2018 Scandinavian championship (STCC) in a Golf GTI TCR.
"WTCR is an excellent platform for Golf GTI to showcase its sporty features to fans around the world," said Sven Smeets, CEO of Volkswagen Motorsport. "In addition, the championship is tough, and it's enough for Volkswagen to increase its commitment. Together with our rallycross champion Johan Kristoffersson we get a very strong show."
Kristoffersson beat several new records in the 2018 FIA World RX championship. Eleven wins from twelve rounds, of which nine in a row. Now the Swede switches to the WTCR championship.
"I look very much at WTCR. After four years of rallycross, it will be my first racing season at international level since 2013," said Kristoffersson. "Most of the races are completely new to me and are therefore a big challenge."
"I'm also looking forward to working with my new team companions, especially touring car world champion Rob Huff."
"In addition, Sébastien Loeb Racing is an experienced team and I am pleased to continue within the Volkswagen family."
Johan Kristoffersson and Kristoffersson Motorsport will compete in rallying with a Polo GTI R5 in 2019.