Kristoffersson Takes World RX Championship Lead At Lydden Hill

Johan Kristoffersson at the 2017 World RX of Great Britain. Credit: PSRX Volkswagen Team Sweden

Johan Kristoffersson continued his impressive performance in the 2017 FIA World Rallycross Championship as he took second place at the World RX of Great Britain and with it the lead of the Drivers Championship.

After taking the first win for PSRX Volkswagen Team Sweden in Belgium last time out, Kristoffersson keep up his pace at the Lydden Hill circuit as he went second fastest in all four Qualifying sessions. This gave the Swedish driver pole position for Semi-Final Two and he duly took the victory that would give him a front row spot for the Supercar Final.

Kristoffersson was consistently fast in Qualifying to make sure he had a front row start for the Final. Credit: IMG / FIA World RX

After taking the joker lap on the first lap of the race, the multiple World RX race winner kept up the pace to chase home his team-mate Petter Solberg to secure second place and the teams first one – two result of the year.

“This one-two is the perfect way to say ‘thank you’ to everybody in PSRX Volkswagen Sweden for all the hard work,” explained Kristoffersson.

“It’s also quite an emotional win for the team. Rallycross is a very, very big part of my life and to score such a result on a weekend when we celebrate 50 years of this incredible sport is something which makes me and the whole team very proud.”

Kristoffersson was amongst the fastest drivers during Qualifying. Credit: IMG / FIA World RX

With Mattias Ekstrom dropping back to finish in fifth place after suffering a puncture, the former STCC Champion now assumes the lead of the Drivers Championship with a four point gap over Ekstrom as World RX now moves on the 2017 World RX of Norway at the iconic Hell circuit next month

Kristoffersson was full of praise for the team on a weekend when both cars dominated the event and showed the progress made since January.

Progress made by PSRX Volkswagen Team Sweden has seen Kristoffersson take the Drivers Championship lead. Credit: IMG / FIA World RX

“This result really is for the team,” says Kristoffersson. “I still can’t believe what we have achieved in just a matter of a few months and still the car is getting better and quicker.”

“This team just never stops working and Petter and I are the ones who get the chance to show off what the team can do. That’s a real honour and a real privilege. But this weekend we were able to give something back to everybody in the team.”