Kristoffersson Wins the World Rallycross Championship

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Volkswagen’s Johan Kristoffersson wrapped up his second consecutive World Rallycross Championship title on September 30th by qualifying for the final at the American round of the series in Austin, Texas then won the event when race leader Petter Solberg made a mistake.
Solberg had dominated the weekend in Austin and started on pole position for the final after beating Kristoffersson in the first semi-final. He led the final from Audi driver Andreas Bakkerud on lap one, as Kristoffersson forced his way inside Audi driver Mattias Ekstrom in the first corner joker – a move that would prove decisive.
Not wanting to allow Kristoffersson clear air, Solberg immediately responded by taking his joker on the second tour, returning to the main circuit into the turn three left hander just ahead of his colleague’s VW Polo.
With two laps to run, the Volkswagen duo ran one-two at the head of the field and Solberg appeared set to claim his first victory in 16 months, but the triple FIA world champion out-braked himself into turn three on the penultimate lap and ran wide on to the loose gravel.
Kristoffersson needed no second invitation and passed Solberg on left-hand side over the circuit’s jump to take a lead he would hold to the finish – despite his rear bumper hanging off – to score his ninth win from 10 rounds this season.
Behind the top three, contact between Timmy Hansen (Peugeot) and Ekstrom dropped the Audi driver down the order as Sebastien Loeb passed Hansen for fourth and Ekstrom finished sixth.

Evan Fabricant
for “Bulgaria SEGA“ newspaper
Photos by Dana Gardner

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