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World RX Germany: Johan tops the podium and PSRX Volkswagen Sweden win Teams title

Oct 142018

Winner winner; double consecutive FIA World Rallycross champions!

Johan Kristoffersson, Petter Solberg and the PSRX Volkswagen Sweden Team are the #WorldRX Driver and Team Champions once more!

Following in the wheel tracks of Johan’s stunning wrap-up victory at the Circuit of the Americas two weeks ago, where Johan was crowned the 2018 FIA World Rallycross Drivers Champion, the PSRX duo went one step further in Germany this weekend and secured the Teams’ title at the penultimate round of the 2018 season.

Racing around the notoriously challenging Estering circuit, Johan Kristoffersson emerged victorious at the final chequered flag once more, taking his 7th TQ spot after the qualifying races, 8th consecutive World RX victory, and 10th win this season, in the process. For Johan though, beating the German circuit itself was almost as important as finishing ahead of the competition, as the north-German venue had been one of the few places that he had not climbed on to the top step during previous visits.

“It was a really tricky final, especially because of the red flag and restart,” explained Johan. “I put a lot of homework in before coming here to Germany because based on my previous results I’ve never done as well as I wanted to at the Estering. I can tell you now, the view from the top step of the podium in Buxtehude is a good one. At times this weekend I was thinking: “It’s Buxtehude again, I’m still not going to make the podium!” It was a tough weekend. Some of the qualifying races were really hard with the traffic and some interesting lines into the first corner!

 

“But I did it. It was a shame that Petter and I were in the same semi-final, but we both made it through and going into that first corner after I came from the joker lap was a little bit like synchronised sliding – that was really good fun. The final worked well, but I’m really sorry for Petter. You know last time out in Texas, he was the super-quick guy and he was really on it here again. I think we’re going to see Petter even more determined in South Africa. For me, this sport and this championship’s not about numbers. Winning 10 races is nice, but that’s something to look back on when I’m old and have grandchildren on my knee to tell them the story about when Grandpa was a fast driver!

 

“What’s important here and now is the PSRX Volkswagen Sweden team story. There are so many people who work so hard behind the scenes and today is for them. To win one FIA world title as a team is an amazing achievement, but to win two in the way we have done is a mark of a group of people who truly are the best in the world. I want to thank you all!”

Team mate Petter Solberg, who won the semi final, as well as the Monster Energy Super Charge award continued: “World champions again! That’s a fantastic thing to say today. We came here with one goal and one objective and we did it. I’m so happy for my team, for Volkswagen Motorsport, for Volkswagen Sweden and all of the partners and sponsors – we achieved this together guys. On a personal level, I’m so happy that I continued to pick up my speed from Texas. I feel much better now and what happened in the final, when I retired with a technical issue, it’s disappointing, but it doesn’t stop me knowing I have the speed and the fight to be at the front. That’s so important to me.

 

“Now, we have to celebrate four titles in two years – that’s unbelievable when you think about where we were, with no team and no car just 22 months ago! I am so, so proud of what PSRX Volkswagen Sweden has done. For me, I’m going back to rallying next week. I drive the Polo GTI R5 for Volkswagen Motorsport at Rally de España in Tarragona. I go there to enjoy my first rally in six years with no pressure and no expectations. After that, it’s south to Cape Town for the last race of the season… and I want that one. I really want that win!”

 

Check out the full results from the weekend, here.

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