Born in Germany and raised in Sweden. A multiple FIA title-holding legend and a young-gun champion elect. This is PSRX Volkswagen RX Team Sweden; and this will be Petter Solberg and Johan Kristofferson’s assault on the 2017 FIA World Rallycross Championship title.
Breaking cover exclusively at the main Volkswagen dealership in the heart of Stockholm, the message from the new team is clear. Titles or nothing; or as they say in Swedish: Framgång! (Success!).
Their weapon of choice for the coming season? A VW Sweden factory-built and custom designed Volkswagen Polo GTI Supercar; complete with electric blue flared arches, a matt-black centre and M-Claw slashes front and back.
“This is the dream for me,” said two-time FIA World RX champion Petter. “We’ve been working on this for so long and to have finally landed it... well, words cannot say how happy I am. Apart from one word, there’s only one word for this car, my team, Johan and Volkswagen Sweden and that word is: unbelievable!
“We have spent some time testing the Volkswagen Polo GTI Supercar and every time I step out of it, I do so with a big smile on my face. And then I just want to get back into it and drive some more. It’s a real monster, but it’s a beautiful monster made by those brilliant people in Hannover, Volkswagen Motorsport. I’m so happy to be working with Volkswagen Sweden and Volkswagen Motorsport this year, we have a real opportunity to make a dream come true now. But at the same time I have to say a very, very big thank you to Monster Energy as well as all of our other sponsors who have made this year possible. All of the effort everybody has put in for the pre-season will be rewarded through 2017, I have no doubt about that. Our testing has gone really well, probably the best ever for the PSRX team – as you would expect having Volkswagen Sweden and Volkswagen Motorsport with us and behind us. But, we know very well just how much of a battle lies ahead. The cars around us are quick and getting quicker and the competition will be fierce.”
Of course the enthusiasm is echoed from Johan as well:
“To be starting the season alongside Petter, PSRX and Volkswagen Sweden is perfect for me. What we have to do now is use that perfect start, make it into a perfect middle and a totally perfect finish!
We want the World RX teams’ championship this year and, of course, we want the drivers’ title. Petter has had two of those, so maybe it’s time for him to help me get one of my own!”
What more can we say? Let battle commence in Barcelona. Tune in for round one – the World RX of Spain – on April 1st and 2nd.