Mon 11 Dec 2023

Stars of the show celebrated at annual FIA Prize-Giving

World RX’s leading lights picked up their 2023 trophies in Baku last Friday night (8 December), during a star-studded ceremony at the annual FIA Prize-Giving Gala.

The FIA World Rallycross Championship’s leading lights picked up their trophies at the end of the 2023 campaign in Baku last Friday night (8 December), during a glittering, star-studded ceremony at the annual FIA Prize-Giving Gala.


The top three finishers from the most recent World RX season – Johan Kristoffersson (Volkswagen Dealerteam BAUHAUS), Kevin Hansen (Hansen World RX Team) and Niclas Grönholm (CE Dealer Team by Volvo Construction Equipment) – were all present to accept their awards, with Team Principal Tommy Kristoffersson collecting the coveted Teams’ trophy on behalf of the Kristoffersson Motorsport-run squad for the second consecutive year.


Kristoffersson Jnr – who was joined on stage by his Volkswagen RX1e – was congratulated on his sixth world championship crown by former team-mate and two-time World RX title-winner Petter Solberg, who wished the series ‘a fantastic year with a lot of action and good competition, and a championship fight right to the end of the season’ in 2024.


Reflecting for one final time on 2023, however – a campaign that yielded three straight victories at the wheel of his RX1e car as well as two further triumphs in the ZEROID X1 in Cape Town and Hong Kong – Kristoffersson was quick to pay tribute to his team behind-the-scenes.


“The key to success was our preparation over the winter months,” asserted the 34-year-old Swede. “We have a very limited amount of testing in World RX, but the guys did a great job to develop the car – utilising all the data we had gained the previous year – and that really paid dividends when we started the season.


“They built an amazing car that is just a pleasure to drive, and while it’s never easy to maintain momentum, when you win, that gives you confidence and just makes you stronger and stronger.


“It was a big challenge to switch cars midway through to one that we didn’t have much experience of – the only time I had previously driven the ZEROID X1 was at Race of Champions on the ice, which wasn’t exactly representative! We first got our hands on it two days before the race weekend at Mettet, so we had to adapt very quickly.


“We did that, though, and we then had a fantastic end to the season in Hong Kong. It was my first time there, and to sign off with a win on the final day in front of such an incredible backdrop and so many people was really something very special.”

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