Sweden’s Johan Kristoffersson took his third victory in a row – the fourth in five races – at World RX of Canada. After the eighth round of the 2017 FIA World Rallycross Championship, he pulls away even further in the standings and has a good grip of the overall lead.
Canada’s World RX is one of the highlights of the season. The first race outside of Europe has a vacation vibe to it and is a perfect opportunity to celebrate. But the party can’t start until the job is done. This weekend, PSRX Volkswagen Sweden did a stunning performance that brought Johan all the way to ultimate top in North America.
Johan once again proved himself unbeatable, this time at the Trois-Riviéres track, and extended his lead ahead of his team-mate Petter Solberg in the Driver’s Championship. 35 points separates the two PSRX Volkswagen drivers, with Mattias Ekström in third place, another 18 points behind. The team still leads the way in the Team Championship.
It is hard to imagine a better result than the current and Johan actually can’t:
“What can I say? This is an unbelievable result, just brilliant. Yesterday the conditions were pretty rough, but that’s when this team gives it their all and we succeeded.”
Saturday’s free practice was delayed by over two hours after heavy rain. Back on the track, Johan fought to find grip but still finished the day on top of the standings.
Sunday morning offered drier conditions and an even more incredible show from Johan in his Polo GTI Supercar. After a first and a second place in the last two qualifying heats and a win in the semi-final, he started the final from the first row with Petter next to him. And there, he had no doubts – he was going for the victory.
“I really wanted to win here” said the Swedish super star. “The atmosphere is so cool here in Canada and it’s always a great race. Everything went according to plan this time. And once again, the fact that Petter and I were first and second going into the semi-finals was crucial so we could use that to both end up in the first row in the final. It worked and our plan was perfect. Big thanks to the team and Petter for this weekend. We are going home as a very happy team.”
The ninth World RX round kicks off on September 1st, at the Lohéac circuit in France.