Kristoffersson takes a clean sweep in Hell


Johan Kristoffersson takes a clean sweep in Hell, Norway to take his fourth win of the FIA World Rallycross Championship 2018 season and maximum points to increase his championship lead.

After recording the fastest times in the four qualifying sessions, Kristoffersson went on to win his semi-final after leading from lights to flag to start the final on pole. On form over the weekend Kristoffersson held the lead going into turn one and continued to edge enough of a lead over those behind to come out in front after his joker lap to take his fourth win of the season. It is only the second time that anyone has topped all the times over a WRX weekend, the last was Andreas Bakkerud in Norway two years previous.

The final was not without drama when Bakkerud and Timmy Hansen came into contact twice before turn one. The second resulting in the Peugeot of Hansen sideways across the front of the Audi with the two just missing Kristoffersson as they skid across the inside of turn one before coming to a stop. After untangling themselves they both set off and continued the race.

Photo credit: FIAWorldRallycross.com

In the drama, Mattias Ekstrӧm and Kevin Hansen took the joker lap, whilst Petter Solberg moved up into second behind PSRX Volkswagen Sweden teammate. Solberg took his joker lap on the penultimate lap of the race and dropped back to third behind Ekstrӧm and just ahead of Kevin Hansen. Whilst despite putting in quick lap times Ekstrӧm hadn’t done enough to claim the lead when Kristoffersson took the joker on the last lap and came out in front to maintain the lead.

Kevin Hansen was the highest placed Team Peugeot Total finishing fourth ahead of brother Timmy whist Bakkerud finished sixth.

Sebastien Loeb missed out on the final, the first this season, after finishing fourth in the semi-final ahead of Robin Larsson and Anton Marklund. Niclas Gronholm, Kevin Eriksson and Janis Baumanis also missed out in semi-final two.

Kristoffersson extended his championship lead over Loeb to 31 points, whilst Solberg in third closed in on Loeb leaving with just two points between them. There is now a three week break before World RX of Sweden on 30th June.

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