Johan Kristoffersson takes his 11th FIA World Rallycross Championship career victory at the World RX of Portugal in the snow.
The reigning champion won the first semi-final but the conditions for the final had worsened and snow was falling; this didn’t stop Kristoffersson from controlling the race, sticking the Polo out in front when the lights went green.
Timmy Hansen, the second semi-final winner, started on pole but Kristoffersson got the jump on him at the start heading down to turn one and Hansen followed him through into second place – maintaining the position until he loses the car and spins out at the halfway mark dropping him to the back.
Kristoffersson’s PSRX Volkswagen Sweden teammate, Petter Solberg, was the first into the joker lap closely followed by Sebastien Loeb in the Team Peugeot Total and the GC Kompetition of Guerlain Chicherit. Loeb pushed Solberg out wide and he took the position coming out of the joker.
Andreas Bakkerud – running third – had dropped position off the start after excessive wheelspin saw him to the back of the grid opted to follow Hansen and Kristoffersson on the normal lap.
Loeb makes the pass on Bakkerud – moving him up to second – on lap four with the EKS Audi Sport driver still to take his joker lap.
Kristoffersson and Bakkerud both leave their jokers until the last lap. Kristoffersson had built enough of a lead to take his joker lap and still come out in front of Loeb whilst Bakkerud dropped a place behind Solberg into fourth.
In the team’s first year and second round, Chicherit claims fifth position holding off Hansen.
Kristoffersson maintains the championship lead, whilst Bakkerud and Solberg are separated by just one point in second and third heading into round three at Belgium in two weeks’ time.
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