SOLBERG SECOND AT ROC; DUBOURG CROWNED ANDROS CHAMP
Drivers from the FIA World Rallycross Championship were in action around the world last weekend.
In Saudi Arabia, at the King Fahad International Stadium in Riyadh, reigning World RX champion Johan Kristoffersson and his PSRX Volkswagen Sweden team mate, double-World RX Champion Petter Solberg took part in the annual Race of Champions. They raced head-to-head in the semi-finals of the individual event, Solberg winning to earn a place in the final, where he finished second to ex-Formula 1 driver David Coulthard. Both drivers also took part in the Nations Cup, where as part of Team Nordic, Solberg made the semi-finals.
“This was my first time in the final of the Race of Champions and I really wanted to win. In the end, I came up just short. David [Coulthard] is a worthy winner. It was great fun to be at this fantastic event and to compete against all those motorsport greats. This event is always about mixing a lot of fun with friends with some fierce rivalry,” said Solberg. Kristoffersson also enjoyed his first time at ROC. “The competition was really intense on such a technical track where you couldn’t afford to put a wheel out of line,” said the World RX Champion. “It’s good to get the chance to drive a few different cars and meet drivers from so many different disciplines. It’s funny that you just couldn’t keep Petter and I apart – we spent last season racing each other and then we end up in the same semi-final.”
The first round of the RallyX on Ice series took place at Ostersund in Sweden, where Oliver Eriksson, who raced in a Ford Fiesta Supercar in the World RX of Cape Town last November, won. RX2 International Series champion Cyril Raymond was third in the final. Qualifying was dominated by 2016 FIA European Rallycross for TouringCar champion Ben-Philip Gundersen and 2016 World RX of Germany race winner Kevin Eriksson, but neither made the podium. Another RX2 driver, Simon Wago-Syversen, won the RX Academy on Ice final, and World RX Supercar drivers Kevin Hansen and Niclas Gronholm finished second and third in the Speedcar Xtreme crosskart final.
At the final round of the Andros Trophy series at Super Besse in France, Jean-Baptiste Dubourg finished third to conclude his third consecutive title-winning winter with another podium.
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