Volkswagen RX Sweden were looking to do two things at the World RX of Argentina: secure third place in the FIA World Rallycross Teams Championship and for Johan Kristoffersson to take second place in the Drivers Championship.
With the team out to score as many points as possible to outscore rivals Hoonigan Racing, they achieved this handsomely as both Kristoffersson and Anton Kristoffersson progressed through to the Semi-Finals. In SF1 Kristoffersson raced off into the distance to take the win and pole for the Supercar Final, however in SF2 Marklund just lost out on a place in the final after an entertaining duel with Sebastien Loeb.
Despite this, the team secured its first aim and took third place in the Teams Championship. In the Supercar Final Kristoffersson chased home Andreas Bakkerud and finished second to the Norwegian driver to claim second place in the Drivers Championship behind 2016 Champion Mattias Ekstrom.
Kristoffersson was overjoyed to take his highest placing in a World RX season.
“At the beginning of the weekend it didn’t feel like we were where we wanted to be, but everyone worked really hard and we finished one place better than last season in the points. I have to say it’s very tight, for there to be only one point between second and fourth in the Championship after 12 events is just amazing. Big thanks to the team and our partners!”
Marklund was happy to make it into the Semi-Finals and to challenge for a place in the Final. He was full of praise for his team-mate and the team.
“The track was tough here and it was hard for everyone to have three qualifying races on Sunday morning, but after some small issues we got the car perfectly in shape for Q4 and a good result put me into the semi-finals.”
“It’s great that Johan was able to finish second for himself and we both managed to finish third in the Teams’ Championship to take the bronze medal back to Sweden. It was a really good weekend.”