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Petter Solberg, Johan Kristoffersson and Andreas Bakkerud celebrating a 1-2-3 result at the 2017 World RX of GB
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World RX: Solberg tops dream podium lockout at Lydden Hill

May 292017

A new championship leader, a Monster Energy podium lockout, and an emotional goodbye to the birthplace of rallycross. The headlines speak for themselves at this weekend’s 2017 FIA World Rallycross of Great Britain; where Petter Solberg took a dominant win in front of a sun-scorched crowd at Lydden Hill.

Leading the record podium result, where PSRX Volkswagen Sweden teammate Johan Kristoffersson finished second, and Hoonigan Racing Division’s Andreas Bakkerud finished third; Solberg marked the perfect finish to a emotional weekend celebrating rallycross’ 50th anniversary race, and the Kent-based venue’s final feature on the #World RX calendar. Next year the UK round of the series will move to Silverstone, with a box-fresh and purpose-built circuit.

Next up is the World RX of Norway on the 9th – 11th June. Hosted at the awesome Lånkebanen circuit - in Hell - where Andreas Bakkerud made history in 2016 by becoming the first World RX Supercar driver to single handedly win all four heats, the semi final and a final. In the meantime check out all the exclusive reaction from our athletes below, as well as full results from the World RX of Great Britain, here.

“This is so so special to be honest. I’ve been dreaming about this, winning with our team here at Lydden Hill at the last ever FIA World Rallycross Championship round – celebrating the 50th anniversary of the sport; it’s fantastic. It’s been quite a while since I’ve won a race – so the feeling is hard to describe. The car worked so well. Everything has just come together for us this weekend – even the sunshine, which is incredible for here in the UK! This victory is a total team effort. Being able to save three tyres for the semi finals and also get all the details so right is something we couldn’t have achieved without maximum effort from everyone at PSRX Volkswagen Team Sweden. I’m very proud of everyone involved and Johan – we are so committed and working 110%. The next race in Norway - in Trondheim – is very special for us. I’m really looking forward to it. I want to say a thank you to Lydden Hill – 50 years! It’s a great atmosphere here. The volunteers on the track have all worked so hard. It’s very sad for me to be leaving here. Things change, and things move on – hopefully we will be coming back here again sooner than people think.”

 

“It’s a fantastic result for the team – like Petter said – the guys have all been working so hard, and we couldn’t achieve this without them. There is still a long way to go in the championship, but to be leading the teams’ standings by 70 points and for me to be top of the driver’s tables is a great feeling. Now we have also achieved a victory each – and to have it with us being P1 and P2 on the same weekend is very special. Congrats to Petter he’s been brilliant all weekend. He’s done a very good job of managing his tyres; which has not been an easy job here at Lydden Hill. It’s the first time I’ve ever led this championship on my own – I think in 2015 I was joint first with Petter after a win in Portugal. It’s a great feeling, and I’m going to fight hard to not let anyone knock me off this spot!”

 

“I’m very pleased with the result. This weekend we felt like the best of the rest – but the team did a great job with the car and balancing all of the tyres – its been very tough on the car, but we’ve come away with a great result. Of course this is a total Monster Energy lockout of the podium which is fantastic. It has been a big effort - to come back from the results in Hockenheim and Belgium – proving that we are quick! It’s great to be back in Lydden Hill. Big congrats to Petter and Johan, they have been the quickest from practice at the beginning of the weekend. We definitely improved our pace today – we were quicker in the semis and finals at the end. We were pushing so hard and tried our best - it’s only a short window away to Norway now, so I think with this result we can build on our performance and hopefully be fighting for the win!”

 

"Overall it’s been a great weekend and our car keeps getting better and better for us – and this weekend proved it. Both Andreas and I were really on it. We both had good qualifiers and got into the semi finals. This weekend I had some great battles too – the track layout at Lydden really allows you to get into some real circuit-type racing; diving in under braking on the inside of corners, and then running out wide – it was a lot of fun. Having said that, the set up has to be perfect, you’ve got to conserve your tyres here much more than a lot of other tracks. Unfortunately I just missed out on a place in the main final by one position. Like I said though, we are improving all the time, my pace is getting better and better, and I’m looking forward to getting back out there again at the next round in Norway."- Ken Block

 

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