Rallying

Kristoffersson wins again in a dramatic final

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Johan Kristoffersson takes his fifth win of the FIA World Rallycross Championship at the World RX of Sweden, his home race.

Round six of the championship saw Kristoffersson continue to top the tables, taking his fifth win of the season at round six of the World RX championship after another dominant weekend performance, only being topped in Q3 by PSRX Volkswagen Sweden teammate Petter Solberg.

In the final, the Swede made the best start, picking up the Super Charge Award, to take the lead of the race before heading into the first turn. Andreas Bakkerud, second qualifier, maintained his position closing the door on Timmy Hansen. Hansen, Mattias Ekstrӧm, and Jérôme Grosset-Janin all took their joker lap on the first of the race moving Kevin Hansen up into third position, however, he retires from the race on the second lap.

Kristoffersson out front was pulling away from Bakkerud whilst Timmy Hansen and Ekstrӧm were closing the gap on him whilst having their own battle. Kristoffersson and Bakkerud both take their joker on the last lap with Kristoffersson maintaining a healthy lead on exit, whilst Bakkerud came out alongside the battling Hansen and Ekstrӧm splitting the two. This is where the drama happened.

Hansen ran slightly wide allowing Bakkerud to stick his Audi up the inside of the Peugeot, and then Ekstrӧm looks to make a similar move, however, crashing into Hansen with Hansen ending up in the gravel.

Across the finish line, Kristoffersson took the win ahead of Bakkerud and Ekstrӧm, however, Ekstrӧm was given a penalty for the incident and was dropped down to sixth, this gave Grosset-Janin and the GC Kompetition their first podium in just their sixth event.

Missing out on the final after making it through to the semis were Sébastien Loeb, Janis Baumanis, Niclas Grӧnholm and Timur Timerzyanov, whilst failures for Solberg and Robin Larsson also saw them out of finals contention.

Kristoffersson extended his championship lead to 40 points whilst Bakkerud moved up into second ahead of Solberg at the halfway point in the championship with a four-week break before the World RX of Canada on 4-5 August.

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