Kristoffersson Takes Overnight Lead of World RX of Canada

by Phil Kinch

2017 FIA World Rallycross Championship leader Johan Kristoffersson sits at the top of the overnight standings for the World RX of Canada, taking place at the Trois-Rivieres circuit for the fourth year in a row.

The PSRX Volkswagen Team Sweden driver was second fastest in Q1 before going quicker and keeping things neat and tidy on the circuit in Q2 to take the lead after the first day. Finnish driver Topi Heikkinen is Kristoffersson’s closest rival after the EKSRX driver went fastest in Q1 before going fifth fastest in Q2.

Kevin Eriksson in action at the 2017 World RX of Canada. Credit: IMG / FIA World RX

Lydden Hill winner Petter Solberg lies in third place in the sister Volkswagen ahead of Heikkinen’s team-mate Mattias Ekstrom, who returns to World RX duty after missing the previous round on Sweden. MJP Racing Team Austria’s Kevin Eriksson completes the top five after going third fastest in Q1 and then finishing sixth fastest in Q2.

Ken Block lies in sixth place in the Hoonigan Racing Ford Focus after having one of his best first days in World RX this season with fifth fastest in Q1 and then fourth fastest in Q2. Eriksson’s team-mate Timo Scheider holds seventh place ahead of Janis Baumanis whilst Kevin Hansen, the fastest of the Team Peugeot-Hansen cars and Niclas Gronholm complete the top ten positions.

Topi Heikkinen is in the hunt for victory at the 2017 World RX of Canada. Credit: IMG / FIA World RX

Sebastien Loeb finds himself in eleventh place after contact with Andreas Bakkkerud in Q2 left him looking to make an improvement on his position during Sunday’s action whilst Team STARD’s Timur Timerzyanov completes the top twelve places after winning his Q2 race.

Dan Rooke leads the first days action at the 2017 World RX of Canada Credit: RX2 International Series

The big names outside the top twelve as the action finished on Saturday include Bakkerud, Timmy Hansen, Guy Wilks and Reinis Nitiss, who suffered a mechanical failure in Q1. The team managed to get the Audi S1 Quattro repaired for Q2, however the Latvian driver has work ahead of him to get into the vital Semi-Final places.

British driver Dan Rooke leads the RX2 International Series standings in Canada after going fastest in Q2 with series leader Cyril Raymond in second place ahead of Simon Olofsson. Raymond leads the series by six points ahead of Rooke who took his first RX2 win in Sweden last time out.

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