KRISTOFFERSSON: "IT'S GREAT TO LEAD THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP"
Sweden’s Johan Kristoffersson enters the sixth round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship at Hell in Norway this weekend leading the World RX Drivers’ Championship for the first time in his career.
Kristoffersson won the fourth round of World RX in Belgium and finished second to his PSRX Volkswagen Sweden team mate, Petter Solberg at round five in the UK.
Having finished third and second in the Drivers’ Championship for the last two years, the former Swedish Touring Car Champion has his sights set on claiming the top prize in rallycross this season. “It’s great to lead the World Championship. I was equal with Petter after the first round a couple of years ago but now finally I’m leading on my own,” said Kristoffersson. “It’s started to sink in a bit more and it’s a very, very good feeling. Especially with the first part of the season going like it did where we didn’t really get the maximum performance out of our package, it’s nice when Mattias (Ekstrom) slips away a little to get back and it feels like we start a little bit on zero again now.”
Kristoffersson has never made the final at Hell RX. In 2016 he finished fourth in semi-final one and in 2015 he qualified sixth but was unable to start the semi-finals. He’s hoping for better fortune this weekend to extend his lead and PSRX’s in the Teams’ Championship. “The main thing for us this year is to win the Teams’ Championship, and I think if me and Petter are doing a great job then we can also have a go at the Drivers’ Championship, and hopefully it will be me, but the other guys will fight hard to knock me off from the lead.”
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