Wednesday | 22 Dec 2021

Top 10 Drivers of the Year: Johan Kristoffersson (2nd)

It was a close-run thing for the No.1 spot in our Top 10 Drivers of the Year countdown across the FIA World Rallycross Championship, FIA RX2e Championship and FIA European Rallycross Championships (Euro RX1 and Euro RX3), but somebody must always finish 2nd – and on this occasion, it’s this guy...

With four World Championship crowns to his name from seven seasons of competition at the international pinnacle of the sport, Johan Kristoffersson is unquestionably the driver that all others in rallycross aspire to beat – but never has he had to work so hard for the title as he did in 2021.

After encountering issues in each of the opening three rounds, Kristoffersson travelled to Riga sitting 28 points shy of the summit of the standings. A first victory of the campaign in the Latvian capital belatedly kick-started his championship bid, but the commendable consistency of arch-rival Timmy Hansen meant that even with another triumph at Spa, the KYB EKS JC ace still languished 17 points adrift of the top of the table heading into the Nürburgring season finale.

It looked to be the very tallest of tall orders, but if there is one driver that can never be discounted, it’s Kristoffersson. A maximum score on the first day in Germany reduced the deficit to just four points, and the Swede ultimately prevailed in the very last race of the season, taking the chequered flag third – one place in front of Hansen – to seal the deal on countback.

It was classic Kristoffersson – a virtuoso, error-free performance under intense pressure – and it earned him a thoroughly deserved fourth Drivers’ trophy in five years.