World RX - Lydden Hill: Petter Solberg finally takes first win of the season
Lydden Hill Race Circuit, the birthplace of rallycross, hosted the fifth round of the 2017 World Rallycross Championship. The winner is Petter Solberg (PSRX Volkswagen Sweden) in a Volkswagen Polo RX Supercar, ahead of his teammate Johan Kristoffersson and Andreas Bakkerud (Hoonigan Racing Division, Ford Focus RS RX). For Solberg, it’s his first win of the season and the 10th WorldRX victory in a career,
This weekend’s World RX event was a part of celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first rallycross race at Lydden Hill, back in 1967. The competition also marks the farewell for Lydden Hill because the British round of the World Rallycross Championship would be moved to Silverstone in 2018.
A duo of PSRX Volkswagen Sweden drivers dominated in the qualifying heats, finishing at the top of the intermediate standings. Petter Solberg has won three of four qualifying runs while his teammate Johan Kristoffersson was second-fastest in all four heats.
They started from pole in their respective Semi Final runs, each winning his group and earning maximum points to team’s account.
Other drivers who participated in the Semi Finals were Ken Block, Timur Timerzyanov, Janis Baumanis, Kevin Eriksson, Andrew Jordan and Toomas Heikkinen. In total, 24 Supercar drivers took place in the Lydden Hill World RX event.
After five championship rounds, Johan Kristoffersson is the championship leader with 124 points, four more than Mattias Ekstrom and seven more than Petter Solberg. The fourth-placed Timmy Hansen has 91 points. The next round is World RX of Norway at Lankebanen in Hell.