Johan Kristoffersson is Vice World RX Drivers’ Champion and Volkswagen RX Sweden secures third in World RX Teams’ Championship

2016-11-27

Swedish team Volkswagen RX Sweden secured podium finishes in both the FIA World Rallycross Teams’ and Drivers’ Championships, as Johan Kristoffersson finished second at the final round in Argentina (November 27).

A brilliant drive by Kristoffersson in the semi-final and final aboard the team’s Volkswagen Polo RX secured the experienced driver second overall in the Drivers’ Championship, after a year-long battle. Semi-final qualification and seventh overall in the Rosario event for Anton Marklund helped the team to secure third overall in the Teams’ Championship standings.

Kristoffersson was delighted to have improved on his third place in World RX from 2015 year by finishing second in Rosario. “After the semi-finals I knew I had to be first or second in the final to be second in the Championship. The start went well, and we managed to avoid any contact. I have to admit I was driving a little bit like a grandma, avoiding punctures and no drifting or anything, but it’s such a great feeling to be second in the race and the Championship,” said Kristoffersson. “At the beginning of the weekend it didn’t feel like we were where we wanted to be, but everyone worked really hard and we finished one place better than last season in the points. I have to say it’s very tight, for there to be only one point between second and fourth in the Championship after 12 events is just amazing. Big thanks to the team and our partners!”

Marklund put a string of bad luck behind him in Argentina, proving that he has the pace to challenge for podium finishes and scored valuable points for the team in a weekend that was struck by challenging weather conditions for the entire World RX field. “The track was tough here and it was hard for everyone to have three qualifying races on Sunday morning, but after some small issues we got the car perfectly in shape for Q4 and a good result put me into the semi-finals,” said Marklund. “Unfortunately I got crashed into in the first corner and was never able to recover for a top-three finish to make it into the final. The pace was definitely there; I was catching Robin (Larsson) but we ran out of laps. It’s great that Johan was able to finish second for himself and we both managed to finish third in the Teams’ Championship to take the bronze medal back to Sweden. It was a really good weekend.”

Team Principal Michael Schneider was delighted for the whole Volkswagen RX Sweden team that the weekend’s target had been reached. “This is really great. Johan and Anton both performed so well this weekend. The way Johan drove in both the semi-finals and final was fantastic, it’s incredible,” he said. “We had the chance to be second in the Drivers’ Championship and third in the Teams’ Championship coming here and we achieved it. I have to thank the team, sponsors, partners and team owner Jan Marklund. Everyone has worked so hard all season long and everyone deserves this.”

Rosario, Argentina Results
1) Andreas Bakkerud (Ford Focus)
2) Johan Kristoffersson (Volkswagen Polo RX)
3) Toomas Heikkinen (Audi S1)
4) Timo Scheider (Seat Ibiza)
5) Mattias Ekstrom (Audi S1)
6) Robin Larsson (Audi A1)
7) Anton Marklund (Volkswagen Polo RX)

FIA World Rallycross Championship Drivers’ Standings
1) Mattias Ekstrom, Sweden, Audi, 272
2) Johan Kristoffersson, Sweden, Volkswagen, 240
3) Andreas Bakkerud, Norway, Ford, 239
4) Petter Solberg, Norway, Citroën, 239
5) Sebastien Loeb, France, Peugeot, 209
6) Timmy Hansen, Sweden, Peugeot, 178

13) Anton Marklund, Sweden, Volkswagen 76

FIA World Rallycross Championship Teams’ Standings
1) EKS (Audi), 422
2) Team Peugeot-Hansen, 387
3) Volkswagen RX Sweden, 316
4) Hoonigan Racing Division (Ford), 302
5) World RX Team Austria (Ford), 226
6) OlsbergsMSE (Ford), 132

FIA World Rallycross Championship 2016 Calendar
1 Portugal – Montalegre – 16/17 April
2 Germany – Hockenheim – 6/8 May
3 Belgium – Mettet – 14/15 May
4 UK – Lydden Hill – 28/29 May
5 Norway – Hell – 11/12 June
6 Sweden – Holjes – 2/3 July
7 Canada – Trois-Rivieres – 6/7 August
8 France – Loheac – 3/4 September
9 Spain – Barcelona – 17/18 September
10 Latvia – Riga – 1/2 October
11 Germany – Estering – 15/16 October
12 Argentina – Rosario – 26/27 November