Thu 06 Oct 2022

World RX #GOAT Top Ten Countdown: Johan Kristoffersson (1st)

A little while ago, we asked you for your thoughts on the best drivers since the inception of the FIA World Rallycross Championship back in 2014. You responded enthusiastically, with more than 15,000 votes cast in total – and now, in reverse order, we can reveal the top ten…

1st: Johan Kristoffersson

World RX Titles: 4
World RX Wins: 31
World RX Podiums: 45
Best Championship Finish: 1st (2017, 2018, 2020, 2021)

The most successful rallycross racer of the current generation, it is little surprise that Johan Kristoffersson is your official ‘Greatest Of All Time’ in World RX.

The son of former rallycross and touring car driver Tommy Kristoffersson, the Swede debuted in the FIA European Rallycross Championship on home soil at Höljes in 2013, immediately reaching the semi-final behind the wheel of his family-run Kristoffersson Motorsport Volkswagen Scirocco.

Further European and World Championship outings followed in 2014 – including a maiden Euro RX victory at Franciacorta – before he truly turned up the wick in 2015 as he cemented his full-time switch to World RX. Piloting a Volkswagen Team Sweden VW Polo, Kristoffersson won the Montalegre curtain-raiser, with four additional rostrum results propelling him to third in the Drivers’ table.

A second career success came in France in 2016 as the Arvika native improved to grab the runner-up spot in the standings, paving the way for record-breaking back-to-back title charges in 2017 and 2018 with the rebranded PSRX Volkswagen Sweden team and a factory-developed Polo Supercar. From 24 starts over the course of the two seasons, he triumphed an astonishing 18 times and missed the podium on only three occasions.

Following a sabbatical year in the FIA World Touring Car Cup, Kristoffersson made a sensational World RX comeback in 2020 in a KMS-fielded Polo, with a 50 per cent strike rate and no finish lower than fourth securing him a third Drivers’ trophy.

A move to KYB EKS JC in 2021 produced a fourth crown in five years – and an extraordinary first corner save at Lohéac – as he rebounded from a luckless start to the campaign to ultimately get the verdict on countback at the end of a dramatic Nürburgring finale.

The 33-year-old began the current season – the first of the sport’s new electric era – with four wins from the opening five rounds to storm into an early championship lead. The Greatest Of All Time? No doubt...

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