Kristoffersson outpaces competition in Höljes RX win

The PSRX Volkswagen guys were focused on capitalizing into Mattias Ekström's absence from the FIA World Rallycross Championship due to commitments with DTM, but the rest of the competitors were also looking for an upset. In the end the VW Polo GTI of Johan Kristoffersson prevailed at Höljes, being not only a home win for the Swede, but also his third win in the season out of seven events.

PSRX Volkswagen kept their good qualifying form and made a 1-2 with Johan Kristoffersson and Petter Solberg, although Sébastien Loeb and Andreas Bakkerud posed quite a threat to the pair of Polo GTI RX, ending the qualifying in third and fourth. The surprise of the day was the absence of EKS Audi S1 RX in the top 12 as Toomas Heikkinen missed it by little and Per-Gunnar Andersson, substitute of Mattias Ekström, wasn't as near as competitive to go to the semifinals.

On the first semifinal Kristoffersson imposed his power and took and early lead into Loeb, starting to pull off a gap to the French driver.

Kristoffersson and Loeb soon just managed to keep their positions as their pace was much higher than the rest of the pack, and seeing no opportunity for a fight, Loeb settled for second while seeing Kristoffersson winning it. Timmy Hansen took a nice decision by going to the Joker earlier than Ken Block and Timur Timerzyanov, so he had the space to claim third place and qualify for the final.

Andreas Bakkerud got a good gap right at the start of the second semifinal while Solberg got it wrong and stalled his car, staring with a few seconds lost. With the rest of the field fight for final spots and the straight line power of the Focus RS RX, Bakkerud disappeared in front in about three laps.

Solberg kept doing mistakes and this kept him stuck in the back of the field while Kevin Eriksson was holding Janis Baumanis for second place while Sebastian Eriksson was eager to get a spot in the final. After all Joker laps were completed, the situation behind Bakkerud didn't have a change so Kevin Eriksson and Baumanis finished second and third.

The final had literally no favorite with the string grid it had, and Kristoffersson took action quickly as went to first before the first corner, staying in a high paced battle with Bakkerud to keep the lead while the two Peugeots went straight to the Joker.

Kristoffersson and Bakkerud went to the Joker at the same time in the final lap and the difference was simply too big for Bakkerud to threat the Polo GTI RX, and with this Kristoffersson won it with almost 2 seconds to the Hoonigan Racing driver while Loeb completed the podium.

The championship sees Kristoffersson with an open wide lead as he has 181 points against 150 from Solberg and the same 143 from Ekström, while between the teams there are no threats to PSRX Volkswagen as they have 331 points against 246 from Peugeot-Hansen.

After the end of the Scandinavian part the World RX circle crosses the Atlantic to arrive at Trois-Rivières in Canada with the Round 8 being held in August 4th.

PHOTO: Johan Kristoffersson