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Kristoffersson and Solberg ready for Magic in Mettet

May 102018

Arriving at the third round of the 2018 FIA World Rallycross Championship at the top of the Drivers and Teams championship tables is no mean feat. However that’s what PSRX Volkswagen have dialed in, as they roll in to the Belgian Circuit Jules Tacheny this weekend.

For reigning World RX champion Johan Kristoffersson in particular, the stats make for extremely good reading. Last time out in Mettet - in 2017 - the 29 year old Swede topped the podium, having grabbed the Volkswagen squad’s first ever world rallycross win ahead of rival Timmy Hansen in second and team mate Petter Solberg in third.

This year, Johan returns to Belgium on remarkable form; having scooped up all the wins available so far this season, topping the podium in Barcelona and Montalegre in Portugal.

“Mettet is a good place to race and it’s definitely somewhere I have good memories – this is where we took our first win with the new team last year,” explains Johan.

“It’s the kind of place where you really have to be on your toes, you have to be ready to adapt to the conditions changing really quickly. But this is a very different track to Montalegre in Portugal – and hopefully we’ll have some very different weather as well.”

Team mate Petter Solberg is keen to chase down Johan though, especially since the Swede has now overtaken him in terms of overall World RX wins.

 

“I’ve never won this race in Belgium, but I came close last year, I should have had this one last year. I want the win this year, but I won’t risk everything for it. We have to be sensible, add the points all the time. I’m definitely not going to get stressed about this.

 

“I know we had the speed in Barcelona and then we got some bad luck in Portugal – like when they put the gravel out in the qualifying heats. We got some really slippery conditions and could only make 10th fastest in that qualification races. That’s the difference in World RX today – you have something small; some small detail that doesn’t work for you; and you are 10th. That’s why we focus on detail. A win in Belgium is very important though; he [Johan] has overtaken me in terms of overall WRX wins – he has 11 and I only have 10!”

 

The 2018 World RX of Belgium goes live on Saturday the 12th of May with Q1 & Q2, followed by Q3, Q4, and the finals on Sunday the 13th.

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