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Sunday images from the 2017 World RX of Norway

World RX: Kristoffersson and Bakkerud double down in Hell

Jun 122017

Leaving the heaven and hell clichés in the gravel trap; it’s been an edge-of-the seat weekend in the FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy; with round six of the series touching down in Norway; and Johan Kristoffersson and Andreas Bakkerud locking out the top two spots of the podium.

In seemingly the ultimate Scandinavian showdown, both Kristoffersson and Bakkerud were on top form throughout World RX’s 2017 visit to the infamous hillside Lånkebanen – also known as Hell to its fans. Between them, both M-claw racers scored two wins and three second places in the qualifiers, as well as a clean sweep of victories in both semi-final one (Bakkerud) and semi-final two (Kristoffersson).

An intense race to the flag in the grand final followed; which saw Kristoffersson just edge ahead on pace and joker-lap strategy, taking the win in his Volkswagen Polo GTi, 1.9 seconds ahead of Bakkerud’s Hoonigan Racing Division Ford Focus RS RX, and nine-time World Rally Champion Sebastien Loeb in third.

Unfortunately both PSRX Volkswagen Team Sweden and Hoonigan Racing Division were denied a full house finish in the finals, with Petter Solberg and Ken Block being knocked out of the running – each finishing fourth in their respective semi finals.


It’s good news at the top of the championship standings though. A hat-trick of wins for PSRX Volkswagen World RX Team Sweden – and Johan’s second victory in succession - ensures the Torsby-based outfit moves 81 points clear of second place, and nearest rivals, Peugeot Hansen. All the while Johan pulls an eight point lead over Mattias Ekström at the sharp end of the drivers’ championship. Petter, Andreas, and Ken Block all muscle in the top-ten as well; currently occupying third, sixth and seventh position respectively.


Check out the full results from the 2017 World RX of Norway, here, and keep scrolling down to read the exclusive reaction from all of our drivers.

“It’s fantastic, Again, I keep saying this, but this team is a special one. The way we work together and put these results away is fantastic. This one was a tough weekend, with the wet conditions it wasn’t so easy yesterday, but today the Polo GTI Supercar was just sensational. The final was actually OK, quite straightforward and went to plan. I’m sorry for Petter not making the final, especially with this being his home race. Next time it’s my home race and I really hope I can make the same result again. But for now, we celebrate another victory.”


“I’m really happy to be back on the podium here at home in Norway. It’s been a tough season for us so far and I’m very glad that I was able to find good pace with the car here at my home event. I was really hoping I’d be able to repeat my win from last year, but Johan [Kristoffersson] just barely got ahead of me with his second lap Joker and that was that. Overall I’m happy though, it’s always great to be on the podium in Norway with all of my Bakkerud Blue fans and I’m stoked for our team, the boys have put in a lot of work to help us be fast this weekend, we couldn’t have done it without them.”


“Obviously it’s disappointing that we can’t keep this incredible run going for getting two cars to the final. I have to say I am so, so disappointed with what happened in the semi-final; this is the second time I have been pushed out by this guy in my home race. I don’t know what else to say about this. It’s not right. It’s been a tough weekend, but still we made some good results. The win in Q4 was really good for me and I was positive coming to the semi and then this happens. OK, we have to look on the positive. Johan won and I’m so proud for him and for the whole team. We extend the lead in the championships and that’s what we take away from here. Norway and Hell bite me again, but I’ll be back next season.”


"I’m disappointed to have not been able to make it into the final and try and fight for a podium, but at the same time I’m stoked that Andreas and I were 1st and 6th overall after qualifying, and then Andreas went on to secure second overall - which is fantastic for the team. The conditions were pretty tough on day one with the amount of rain that fell, and then it dried out on day two so the track was back to being a lot more fun. The season has been a challenge for the entire team for sure; but nothing we can’t handle. We’ve got three weeks now until the next round in Sweden, and I’m looking forward to coming back strong, as it’s a circuit I enjoyed when we went last year."