One of the biggest unknown’s during the off season was how the new Volkswagen Polo GTi would perform against the competition at the opening round of the 2017 FIA World Rallycross Championship.
The answer speaks for itself as PSRX Volkswagen Team Sweden are tied for the lead of the Team’s Championship after the World RX of Spain, where the team were in the hunt for the victory.
2015 event winner Petter Solberg managed to stay inside the top four during Qualifying with the exception of Q2, in which bad weather caught out a lot of the field. Meanwhile Johan Kristoffersson looked good for the win, having gone fastest in Q1 and stayed inside the top six.
With both cars in the Supercar Final, Kristoffersson as Solberg did a very good job to avoid him. Despite the pair coming home in sixth place and fourth place respectively, the team leads the Teams Championship tied with EKSRX with in the top five for the Drivers Championship.
Solberg was very happy with the performance of the team and his team-mate.
“We hoped to be on the pace and we hoped to show ourselves in a good light. It was a dream for us to have two cars in the final today and the dream came true,” explained Solberg. “I’m so happy with the performance and couldn’t be happier with the team and for Johan, he showed such strong pace – he was the star driver for me.”
Kristoffersson took the positives from the weekend.
“The team has put so much work in and everything is working so well from the first race. Naturally, I was a little disappointed with the final, I so wanted this result for the whole PSRX Volkswagen Sweden team – those guys worked so hard – but this is racing,” explained Kristoffersson. “The big thing is the pace we have from the car. It just makes me more determined do even better for the team at the second round.”