World RX France: Kristoffersson continues his winning streak
Johan Kristoffersson (PSRX Volkswagen Sweden) scores his fifth win this season and fourth win in a row in the French round of the 2017 FIA World Rallycross Championship at Loheac Circuit. It’s the sixth win for Volskwagen Polo Supercar in nine championship rounds so far.
The French crowd nearly missed a triumph of French driver, as Sebastien Loeb (Peugeot Team Hansen, Peugeot 208) finished in the second place in the Final, ahead of Mattias Ekstrom (EKS RX) in an Audi S1. Three other finalists were Andreas Bakkerud (Hoonigan Racing Division, Ford Focus), Petter Solberg (PSRX Volkswageb Sweden) and Timmy Hansen (Peugeot).
Twenty-five Supercar drivers took part in the French World RX event. Sebastien Loeb was the overnight leader after he won Q2 on Saturday, following Kristoffersson’s win in Q1. On Sunday, Mattias Ekstrom won Q3 and then Kristoffersson was again winner of the last qualifying sessin, taking the first place in the Intermediate standings.
Kristoffersson and Hansen were the winners of two Semi finals races. Six drivers who qualified for Semi finals but didn’t pass to Final were Janis Baumanis, Kevin Hansen, Reinis Nitiss, Timo Scheider, Toomas Heikkinen and Ken Block. One of the contestants was current DTM driver Nico Muller, who finished in the 17th place in his World RX debut in the EKS team’s Audi S1.
French fans have a reason to celebrate because French driver Cyril Raymond won the RX2 class and became the world champion. It’s his fifth win in six events and he secured a title with one more event on a calendar.
Loheac also hosted European Rally Championship contestants. Thomas Bryntesson was the ERX Supercar winner, scoring his first win of the season. Krisztian Szabo is the S1600 class winner in the ERX event. The ERX finale is scheduled together with World RX round in Latvia on September 16-17.