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 Kristofferson is crowned World RX Champion!

Sweden’s Johan Kristoffersson has won the 2017 FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy with two rounds still remaining.  PSRX Volkswagen Sweden [Kristoffersson and team-mate Petter Solberg] has also won the teams’ championship after a dominant season with its pair of Volkswagen Polo GTi Supercars.

Kristoffersson took his fifth event win – and ninth podium – in a row at the Neste World RX of Latvia in Riga this weekend extending his commanding lead at the top of the driver standings to 62 points [60 points remain over the final two events of the season].  PSRX Volkswagen Sweden also leave Latvia with a 112-point advantage in the teams’ championship – a big enough gap over Team Peugeot-Hansen to guarantee VW the team trophy.

Meanwhile, Kristoffersson’s team-mate Petter Solberg was involved in a collision on turn one of today’s second semi-final which saw the race red-flagged.  The Norwegian was taken to hospital for precautionary checks where x-rays later revealed that Solberg had broken his collarbone.

EKS driver Mattias Ekstrom finished runner-up at today’s race in Latvia, while Team Peugeot-Hansen’s Sebastien Loeb rounded out the podium.  In the final round of the FIA European Rallycross Championship for Supercars, it was Anton Marklund in his Volkswagen Polo who was crowned the 2017 Euro RX Champion after finishing the five-round season 28 points ahead of runner-up Thomas Bryntesson in his Ford Fiesta. Tamas Pal Kiss [Peugeot 208] ends the year in third place. Robin Larsson finished second in Euro RX today at the wheel of his Audi A1 and is fourth in the end-of-year standings.

“This feels fantastic and to win five races in a row is just amazing,” beamed 28-year-old Kristoffersson – only the third ever World RX Champion [after Solberg in 2014/2015 and Ekstrom in 2016]. This is something that I’ve been working towards since 2013 and I think it will take a lot time to sink in.”

Kristoffersson credited his team-mate [Solberg], his father [Tommy] and the PSRX Volkswagen Team for his victory.  The Swede took up the story: “I followed my father when he was racing – he has been to almost every race with me since and we have always worked well as a family team. PSRX VW Sweden is a similar family set-up with Petter and Pernilla at the helm and so we fitted in perfectly there.  Petter is an excellent team-mate – we are both nerds in that we look into every detail.  We put pressure each other and I took advantage of his excellent knowledge. He really let me in and I want to thank him and the rest of our team for all of their help.”

On winning the title, Kristoffersson concluded: “I wasn’t prepared to become World Champion this weekend – and I didn’t really think about it until Petter didn’t make the final. It was only then that I thought it could be possible. I am such a competitive person and I always wanted to become World Champion, it is a dream come true. I can’t thank everyone enough for this incredible moment.”

 

 

Dramatic victory for Sykes in Rimini sunshine 
Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team) took his tenth win of 2017 with a fantastic ride at the Prosecco DOC Portuguese Round - which saw him dominate the race from pole and cross the line 6.189s seconds ahead of second placed Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati). Marco Melandri (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati) just held off Leon Camier (MV Agusta Reparto Corse) for third place on the finish straight.
 
Rea was untouchable over the 20 lap contest around the 4.592km Autodromo Internacional do Algarve at Portimao as he shot away from the head of the grid and soon built up an unbridgeable lead at the front. The victory was Rea’s 18th podium in 19 races this year and the Northern Irishman now enjoys a 95 point lead at the head of the standings.
 
Race 2 at the Portimao’s Autodromo Internacional do Algarve saw Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team) complete a perfect weekend, with a victory by almost six seconds over second-placed Michael van der Mark (Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team). Marco Melandri (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati) rounded out the podium behind the leading pair.
 
In the absence of the injured Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) and with
Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati) crashing out with three laps to go in Race 2 it was another significant victory for Rea as he edges closer and closer to a third successive WorldSBK title.
 
The weekend could not have gone better for Rea as he won both races, secured pole position on Saturday and wrapped up the 2017 Pirelli Best Lap Award title. He now leads the general standings by 120 points over his teammate Sykes and could secure the 2017 WorldSBK title at Magny-Cours in two weeks time.
 
Van der Mark was delighted with his first podium with Yamaha after the Dutchman beat Melandri to the finish line by 3.367s. Just off the podium was Eugene Laverty (Milwaukee Aprilia), whilst Jordi Torres (Althea BMW Racing Team) also featured in the top five.

 

 Championship Standings after Race 2, Round 10
1. Jonathan Rea (GBR) Kawasaki (431 points)
2. Tom Sykes (GBR) Kawasaki (311 points)
3. Chaz Davies (GBR) Ducati (296 points)