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Kristoffersson takes his first Estering win

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Johan Kristoffersson took his eighth win in a row of the 2018 FIA World Rallycross Championship, his first at the World RX of Germany.

Crowned world champion for the second year last time out at COTA, Kristoffersson continued his winning streak of the season taking his tenth win from 11 rounds in an action packed final.

Kristoffersson got through to the final as top qualifier, despite four different heat winners, from the heats and started the race on pole after winning his semi-final.

There were two runs of the final after the first was stopped after a heavy crash from Kevin Hansen, the only Team Peugeot Total in the final, which saw him taken to hospital. News has since come out that Hansen is ok and has been released.

Turn one in both attempts were busy, but Kristoffersson took the lead in the second run ahead of the two EKS Audi Sports of Mattias Ekstrӧm and Andreas Bakkerud. Like in the first run, despite picking up the Super Charge award Solberg was wide in turn one and was at the back of the order along with the GRX Taneco of Niclas Grӧnholm with Grӧnholm taking his joker on lap one and Solberg on lap two.

The remaining laps saw the order remain the same, with Bakkerud taking his joker on lap 4 to cover off Solberg and Kristoffersson and Ekstrӧm going on the final lap. However, Solberg retired from the race with engine issues, allowing Kristoffersson to take the win ahead of Ekstrӧm and Bakkerud, with Grӧnholm taking the fourth position.

The final result meant that PSRX Volkswagen Sweden retained the Teams Championship title going into the final round at South Africa. However, the championship fight is still on for second place with three drivers, Ekstrӧm, Bakkerud and Solberg, covered by just seven points.

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