Sun scorched on Saturday and flooded-out on Sunday. While the weather did its very best to stamp an indelible mark on the 2017 World RX of France, PSRX Volkswagen Team Sweden’s Johan Kristoffersson completely dominated the on-track action, securing his fourth consecutive win of the year.
From the first wheel-turn in Lohéac, the Swede had been on ballistic form en-route to victory, and his eighth straight podium of the year; further increasing the gap between himself and the competition on-track, as well as in the championship standings.
Two qualifying race wins, and a lights-to-flag victory in semi-final one were all just part of the story of Kristoffersson’s sublime performance in front of the 75,000 strong crowds at Rallycross’ blue-riband French weekender. What’s more, the 28-year-old ace’s success was topped off by snagging the Monster Energy Supercharge Award in the final, for his lightening holeshot into turn one. Now 46 points in the lead, Johan is within touching distance of putting himself in an unbeatable position in the race for 2017 drivers’ crown.
While Johan was joined in the final by his team mate, Petter Solberg, as well as Hoonigan Racing Division’s Andreas Bakkerud, neither could quite match the lap times laid down by the Swede. Bakkerud himself admitted that despite his overall race pace; which saw him place sixth in the overnight standings, and third in semi final two, that he had been struggling for grip during all of Sunday’s race starts.
The 25-year-old Hoonigan Racing Division driver eventually finished fourth in the event’s main final, ahead of PSRX’s Petter Solberg who suffered a puncture and nursed his Polo GTI Supercar home to the chequered flag in fifth. Head Hoonigan in Charge Ken Block continued his run uninterrupted appearances in the semi-finals, charging through to seventh overall in the final classification, despite enduring a puncture in semi-final one.
The championship now moves to Riga, in Latvia, for round 10 in just under a fortnight’s time. Full race results from the 2017 World RX of France are available, here. In the meantime check out what our athletes had to say about racing and winning in the rain and shine of the legendary Lohéac.
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