Kristoffersson leads World RX of Sweden Day One


Johan Kristoffersson leads the 2017 World RX of Sweden. Credit: IMG / FIA World RX

Johan Kristoffersson signalled his intent to consolidate his lead in the 2017 FIA World Rallycross Championship as he took the overnight lead of the 2017 World RX of Sweden.

The Swedish driver started off Q1 second fastest to Team Peugeot-Hansen’s Sebastien Loeb before smashing the Holjes lap record to go fastest in Q2. The PSRX Volkswagen Team Sweden driver currently leads the Drivers Championship with rival Mattias Ekstrom on DTM duty in Germany this weekend and has the opportunity to extend his points advantage.

Sebastien Loeb at the 2017 World RX of Sweden. Credit: IMG / FIA World RX

Loeb ended Saturday in second place overall after going fastest in Q1 before going fifth fastest in Q2 whilst 2016 World RX of Sweden winner Andreas Bakkerud holding third place in his Hoonigan Racing Ford Focus. Kevin Eriksson sits in fourth place with Kristoffersson’s team-mate Petter Solberg completing the top five.

Timmy Hansen lies in sixth place after a fully rebuilt Peugeot 208 WRX was made ready for the weekend after his accident last time out in Norway. Ken Block has showed impressive form during the first days action as he sits in seventh place overall whilst Niclas Gronholm holds eighth place in his GRX M-Sport built Ford Fiesta.

Timo Scheider at the 2017 World RX of Sweden. Credit: IMG / FIA World RX

Kevin Hansen is in ninth place in the 2016 Peugeot 208 WRX ahead of Timo Schieder in the second MJP Racing Team Austria Fiesta. Its the former DTM driver’s first time at the iconic rallycross venue and he is looking set for a top twelve place that’s vital for the Semi-Finals.

Completing the top twelve after Q2 are Timur Timerzyanov in the Team STARD Ford Fiesta RXS and Reinis Nitiss in the third EKSRX Audi S1 Quattro. Nitiss is the second nominated Manufacturer points scorer for this weekend alongside Topi Heikkinen, who ended Q2 sixteenth place overall after suffering technical issues during the first day.

Thomas Bryntesson in the JC Raceteknik Ford Fiesta. Credit: JC Raceteknik/McKlein

In the 2017 FIA European Rallycross Championship for Supercars, JC Raceteknik’s Thomas Bryntesson was fastest after Q2 in his Ford Fiesta with Peter Hedstrom and Alexander Hvaal competing the top three. Title rivals Anton Marklund and Robin Larsson were placed in ninth and tenth place respectively.

Set Promotion’s Timur  leads the 2017 FIA European Rallycross Championship for Super1600 in his Renault Twingo after Q2 whilst Cyril Raymond has dominated the RX2 International Series event at Holjes and leads the standings overall.

Timur Shigaboutdinov in the Set Promotion Renault Twingo Super 1600. Credit: Steve White / Fueltopia

The Semi-Finals and Finals for the FIA World Rallycross ChampionshipFIA European Rallycross Championship for SupercarsFIA European Rallycross Championship for Super1600 and the RX2 International Series take place today.