|Johan Kristoffersson leading Oliver Solberg.|
PHOTO CREDIT: RallyX Nordic
Johan Kristoffersson reminded everybody just why he is a two-time World RX Champion with a wet-weather masterclass at the RallyX Nordic 'All-Star' Magic Weekend in Höljes, Sweden.
The Swede had been there or thereabouts throughout Saturday’s two qualifying sessions, but never quite on the pace in his rebuilt 2016 Volkswagen Polo. But when the heavens opened on Sunday, that all changed.
Kristoffersson outclassed all of his rivals in Q4 as conditions deteriorated, before simply driving away from his rivals in the semi-final, going almost ten seconds faster than anybody else could manage. That earned him a front-row spot for the final, and after nailing the start to out-drag pole-sitter Larsson to Turn One, he was untouchable.
Round one winner and reigning RallyX Nordic Champion Robin Larsson added the runner-up trophy to his round 1 victory, with former title-holder Oliver Solberg reaching the rostrum on his series return.
"It’s very nice to be back! When the sniff of a win was there, I felt I could be really threatening on pure pace. It was great to get back into a super-competitive mode, analyzing everything and trying different lines in the rain when I had a gap behind me," Kristoffersson said.
"My start in the final was very good – all three wet starts were very good, in fact. The Polo is easy to launch in the wet, controlling it with the clutch and throttle. I made sure to spray the cars behind me so they couldn’t see anything – that was planned! From there on, I tried to push a little harder on the first lap while making no mistakes, and then just focussed on banging the laps in with a safe margin."
"I haven’t driven this car much before, so it was nice to see how it handles and it worked very well, with no problems whatsoever. I’m very happy."
Kristoffersson will return to World RX this year with Volkswagen Dealerteam BAUHAUS.
Written By - Junaid Samodien