KRISTOFFERSSON STAYS TOP IN HELL Q2
PSRX Volkswagen Sweden’s Johan Kristoffersson was again quickest in Q2 at the World RX of Norway, round five of the FIA World Rallycross Championship to be TQ (top qualifier) at the half way stage of qualifying.
Leading every lap of the day, Kristoffersson won Q2 race five, beating the previous quickest time of the session by 0.424s, set by EKS Audi Sport’s Mattias Ekstrom, who won Q2 race four after taking a first lap joker.
France’s Sebastien Loeb was third quickest in Q2, the Team Peugeot Total driver second to Kristoffersson in race five, winning a battle for position with Norway’s Petter Solberg on lap four. PSRX’s Solberg was fourth on the timesheets to move third in the Intermediate Classification, behind Loeb.
“I have to say I’ve been feeling very comfortable in the car, actually for the first time this season I feel very comfortable and I can really push in the car and it does exactly what I want. From the first lap in free practice it felt really good,” said Kristoffersson.
“I had a bit of a tough draw for Q1 but managed to do a good launch in Q1 and Q2 and I just tried to do my best. The car is working fine and the team is doing a very good job. My plan is to do a good job again tomorrow, take no big risks and from there on see where it takes us.”
Sweden’s Timmy Hansen and Kevin Hansen were fifth and sixth in Q2, as GRX Taneco’s Niclas Gronholm passed Andreas Bakkerud on the last lap of race four, as the EKS Audi Sport driver took his joker.
Olsbergs MSE’s Kevin Eriksson and Robin Larsson completed the top ten, with GC Kompetition’s Jerome Grosset-Janin 11th and Norway’s Tommy Rustad 12th.
Austria’s Alex Wurz had to take two joker laps after a jump start and Timur Timerzyanov crashed out at the first corner.
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