Blink and you’ll miss it. Literally.
Petter Solberg’s 0.375-second reaction time in the final of MettetRX was enough to secure him the third Monster Energy Super Charge Award available of the 2018 FIA World Rallycross Championship season.
Even before the wheels of his 600bhp Volkswagen Polo R started to turn, the three-time FIA World Champion had left the competition in the dust. Pole sitter and teammate Johan Kristoffersson’s reaction was 0.453, with nearest rivals Sebastian Loeb, Andreas Bakkerud, and Matthias Ekström clocking in at 0.463, 0.449 and 0.439 respectively.
Once the entire pack got off the line however, the drama really amped up. Carnage in the first corner saw Johan pushed onto two wheels, with Solberg’s lightning start diminished to a fourth place position. Undeterred the Norwegian ace fought back though; using an early joker lap strategy to chase down Loeb and finish just 0.447 seconds behind the Peugeot driver.