Johan Kristoffersson broke his own record of seven FIA World Rallycross Championship wins in a season by taking his eighth in Riga.
The ninth round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship, the World RX of Latvia, saw Kristoffersson go through for the sixth event in a row to the semi-finals as top qualifier, where he went on to score the fastest time to start on pole position ahead of him taking another dominant victory in the final.
Kristoffersson led the way in his PSRX Volkswagen Sweden going into turn one followed by the EKS Audi Sport of Mattias Ekstrӧm who squeezed up the inside of Sébastien Loeb from third place and having picked up the Super Charge award. This allowed Niclas Grӧnholm through into third on turn two in his GRX Taneco Hyundai i20, leaving the three Team Peugeot Total drivers fighting behind.
The three Team Peugeot Total drivers took their joker laps in the first couple of the race, with Loeb and Kevin Hansen going on the first lap and Timmy Hansen on the second lap.
Grӧnholm chased down the leading two which meant that when it came to his joker lap he was able to stay in front of the Hansen brothers but lost the final podium position to Loeb.
Ekstrӧm wasn’t able to hang on enough to the back of the Volkswagen to challenge for the lead and had to settle for second after Kristoffersson put in another world class performance to take a lights to flag victory, his eighth of the season.
Going into the World RX of USA in two weeks’ time, the first to be held at the Circuit of the Americas, Kristoffersson extends his championship lead to 73 points ahead of Ekstrӧm, who moved up into second, with the possibility of claiming the title at the World RX of USA.