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Kristoffersson breaks more records and leads overnight

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Johan Kristoffersson continues to break FIA World Rallycross records after topping the overnight standings at World RX of Sweden.

The PSRX Volkswagen Sweden driver tops the overnight standings at Holjes after recording the fastest times in both qualifying sessions. Setting the fastest time in Q1 by over a second it was the seventh time that Kristoffersson had topped the qualifying sheets in a row, breaking the record that stood at six and was held by teammate Petter Solberg. Kristoffersson went on to top the timing sheet in Q2 to secure the top spot overnight.

The second race in Q1 saw four of the factory drivers going head-to-head, where after a problem in the joker lap for Solberg Andreas Bakkerud came through to take the race win with a time that secured him second in the Q1 standings. Fourth in Q2 leaves the EKS Audi Sport driver second overnight.

A third different manufacturer sits third in Timmy Hansen in the new Peugeot. Getting to grips with the new car he finished third in both qualifying session, whilst teammate Sébastien Loeb finished fifth and seventh to sit sixth overnight.

Despite having a problem in his joker lap in Q1 Solberg recorded the sixth fastest time, and went on to sit behind teammate Kristoffersson in the Q2 standings after winning his race to end the day fourth overall.

Mattias Ekstrӧm couldn’t top his teammate, Bakkerud in either qualifying session and therefore dropped down the order recording fourth and fifth times and fifth overnight.

The first of the non-factory drivers was Timur Timerzyanov in the GRX Taneco who looked quick in both qualifying sessions and ends the day seventh, comfortably inside the top 12. Kevin Hansen, the first of the independent drivers, also in a new car, in eighth, followed by Janis Baumanis.

Jérôme Grosset-Janin is the first of the GC Kompetition drivers in tenth. Whilst only just in the top 12 are the two Olsbergs MSE drivers of Robin Larsson and Kevin Eriksson.

Outside of the top 12 and the ones with all the work to do are Niclas Grӧnholm, Guerlain Chicherit, Oliver Bennett, Timo Scheider and Grégoire Demoustier. Scheider picked up a failure in Q2 and was a non-finish, the only one of the day.

Kristoffersson looks to continue his winning streak with two more qualifying sessions to come tomorrow as well as the all-important semi-finals and final.

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