PSRX Volkswagen Team Sweden Makes Its Mark In Spain

2017 FIA World RX Rallycross Championship / Round 01 / Barcelona, Spain / March 30 - April 02, 2017 // Worldwide Copyright: PSRX Volkswagen

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.

PSRX Volkswagen Team Sweden are tied for the lead of the Team’s Championship after round one of the 2017 World RX season. Credit: PSRX Volkswagen Team Sweden

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.

Petter Solberg was impressed with his start to the year at PSRX Volkswagen Team Sweden with the new Supercar. Credit: PSRX Volkswagen Team Sweden

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.”

Johan Kristoffersson was in the hunt for victory at the World RX of Spain. Credit: PSRX Volkswagen Team Sweden

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.”