Solberg conquers Lydden Hill RX in PSRX Volkswagen show


50 years of rallycross and the final year of Lydden Hill in the FIA World Rallycross Championship, with the presence of the first European rallycross champion John Taylor and historic cars from all eras going even to straight competition were the attractions of the weekend, but the event was also the end of the victory drought to Petter Solberg as the double World RX champion won with authority and some good teamwork in the final.

The qualifying was another PSRX Volkswagen demolition, with Petter Solberg leading Johan Kristofferson, with Timmy Hansen and Mattias Ekström coming right behind, keeping their positions as main threats to the pair of Volkswagen Polo Gti RX.

The first of the main battles would happen on semifinal 1 with Hansen and Solberg in the front row, and both opted for different ways at the start as Hansen went to the Joker right in the first lap, with Solberg going a lap later and staying way ahead of the competition that did the same.

Timur Timerzyanov left the Joker lap to the end of the race, and while staying in the standard line he turned things really hard for Solberg by blocking his way. Thankfully the Norwegian had a considerable gap to win easily over Andreas Bakkerud and Timmy Hansen.

The other main duel was on semifinal 2 with Kristoffersson and Ekström, and they also took separate routes at the start, and with most of the field doing an early Joker, Kristoffersson just had to push like hell to keep his position.

Kristoffersson kept himself ahead of Ekström after the Joker and the EKS owner was in high hopes of pushing for a first place fight, but Sébastien Loeb left the Joker side by side with Ekström, and in a hurry to defend the second spot, the Swede went wide and left the door totally open for Loeb to overtake him and get the place, all while Kristoffersson won the race with ease and in a clean fashion.

Things could get pretty unpredictable with Ekström starting from the back in the final, but the PSRX Volkswagen duo played the tactics right with most of the field going into standard route with leader Petter Solberg. The team play was ready to work when Solberg went to the Joker on Lap 2, as one would be the cover for the other.

All drivers had their Joker laps completed with Bakkerud going in the final lap, and without any threats to the PSRX Volkswagen 1-2, Solberg just got straight to victory with Kristoffersson behind him and Bakkerud completing the podium.

Things are still in place in the drivers' standings, as Kristoffersson leads with 124 points against 120 of Ekström and Petter Solberg comes for the title battle in third with 117 points. Between the teams, PSRX Volkswagen dominates it with 241 points while Team Peugeot-Hansen and EKS battle for second with 171 and 168 points respectively.


On June 9th to 11th the World RX circle visits another location featured in DiRT Rally as Hell hosts again the Norwegian round.

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