Eleven podiums places, seven event wins, and two world championships. The competition can read it and weep, because the statistics speak for themselves.
Firstly with Johan Kristoffersson; who used unbelievable pace and consistency at this weekend’s World RX of Latvia, to secure his fifth consecutive win, and the 2017 FIA World Rallycross Drivers’ Championship title. And secondly with the PSRX Volkswagen Sweden Team; who leave the spectacular tree-lined Biķernieki circuit in downtown Riga with a 112 point lead over nearest rivals Peugeot-Hansen; and an unassailable lead in the Teams’ Championship standings – guaranteeing themselves the title in the process.
Despite this absolutely remarkable achievement, which sees the new-for-2017 team wrap-up both championship titles two events ahead of time; the result is slightly bittersweet. Johan’s team mate, and championship rival, Petter Solberg - currently placed second in the driver’s standings – was on course to make it a podium lockout. However the Norwegian ace suffered a big impact during a battle for the lead in semi-final two, and was ruled out of the event on medical grounds with a broken collarbone.
In spite of Petter having to celebrate the final result from the medical centre, the 30,000 attending fans were treated to an absolute masterclass in #WorldRX over the course of the two day competition. Through rain and shine, Petter and Johan scorched to a set of 1-2 finishes in the qualifying races, a top-qualifier spot, and a semi-final win; further reaffirming their place as the team to beat in 2017.