PSRX Volkswagen Sweden put World Rallycross programme on hold

by Vince Pettit

PSRX Volkswagen Sweden have announced that they will be putting their FIA World Rallycross Championship programme on hold for the time being, due to the recent loss of manufacturer entries.

In the two years since the teams inception, Johan Kristofferson have won 19 out of 24 races, including back-to-back championships for Johan Kristoffersson and the team.

“It’s really sad, but the declining numbers of teams in the series makes it impossible for us to remain for 2019.” said Team principal Pernilla Solberg .

“You wouldn’t believe how much pride I have in what this team has achieved. It’s incredible to think where we were two years ago and what we have done, and what we have won, in that time with a team we created in just weeks and days.

“I’d like to thank every single member in the team, our partners, Volkswagen Motorsport, Monster Energy and Volkswagen Sweden for the support through 2017 and 2018. We have written a fantastic story together and we’ll never forget that.”

While the programme is on hold, PSRX remain with Volkswagen Motorsport, Volkswagen Sweden, and Monster Energy support for their yet-to-be-announced 2019 projects.

Volkswagen Motorsport Director Sven Smeets added: “In the past two years the competition in WRX between the cars from Audi, Ford, Peugeot and Volkswagen has been huge, resulting in fantastic sport with close racing between some of the most famous drivers in motorsport. 

“PSRX Volkswagen Sweden had enormous success in World RX and a big part of this success came thanks to the extremely dedicated work from Pernilla and Petter Solberg by setting up this fantastic team – and from Johan Kristoffersson, with his brilliance behind the steering wheel of the Polo R Supercar. 

“Unfortunately, with the exit of three works or works-supported teams from World RX, the situation has changed dramatically. Together with PSRX and Volkswagen Sweden, we had to re-evaluate the involvement in the championship. We certainly didn’t take the decision lightly, but we came to a mutual agreement not to continue in WRX in 2019 as there is huge uncertainty regarding the entries and the competition for next season. 

“Naturally, Volkswagen Motorsport will keep a close eye on any developments towards the electrification of the sport of rallycross. From the beginning we have been supporters of this initiative and we continue to be interested.”

“But in the meantime, we would like to thank the promoter IMG and all event organisers involved for their dedicated work in the past few years.”

Double World RX champion Johan Kristoffersson revealed his pride in what the team have achieved in the last two years, “I have absolutely loved every minute of my two years with this incredible team. I can’t believe the time has gone so quickly, but it has also gone with more success than we could have imagined or hoped for!

“Honestly, it’s been a privilege to work with, race with and live with this PSRX Volkswagen Sweden team. Obviously, I’m really sad not to be competing in my fantastic Polo R Supercar next season, but I completely understand the reasons why this decision has come. If we don’t have enough people to race, what can we do?”

While full time plans are yet to be revealed, Kristoffersson Motorsport recently purchased a Polo R5 rally car which could see more action that first thought in 2019.

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