01 June 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Valuable points at World RX of GB for Volkswagen RX Sweden

2016 Volkswagen Polo RX, World RX of Great Britain: Kristoffersson

They may not have been on the podium, but Volkswagen RX Sweden drivers Johan Kristoffersson and Anton Marklund scored yet more valuable points for their Drivers’ Championship hopes at round four of the FIA World Rallycross Championship, the World RX of Great Britain. The 27-29 May event at the iconic Lydden Hill – the ‘home of rallycross’ – saw a total of 24 Supercars entered for the showdown at the 1.17km-long circuit.

Technical issue
After day one, Kristoffersson was in seventh place, with Marklund one place behind. ‘Celebrity’ driver and Top Gear US star Tanner Foust ran another Volkswagen RX Sweden-prepared 600bhp Polo RX and was in 15th place as the curtains came down on the first day’s action. Usually the pilot of a Global Rallycross Championship Volkswagen Beetle, the US driver was to later retire due to a technical issue with his car.

Although both of Volkswagen RX Sweden’s regular drivers qualified for the semi-finals after solid performances in the qualifying rounds, both Kristoffersson and Marklund finished sixth in their respective races. Kristoffersson tweeted: “After a mishap in the semis it was game over too early. Holding P3 in the @FIAWorldRX Drivers Championship! #worldrx”. In the final reckoning, Kristoffersson finished eighth, while Marklund was eleventh overall.

Third in team table
The young Swede collected seven points in the Drivers’ Championship, which leaves him outside the top 10. Kristoffersson gained 12 points from the weekend in Great Britain and is now third in the overall drivers’ points standings, 35 points shy of championship leader and World RX of Great Britain winner Mattias Ekström. Volkswagen RX Sweden is now third in the team world championship table with 102 points.

The fifth round of the 2016 FIA World Rallycross Championship – the World RX of Norway – takes place at Hell in Norway from 10-12 June.

2016 FIA WORLD RALLYCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP,
DRIVERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS

1 Mattias Ekström, Audi S1: 105
2 Petter Solberg, Citroën DS3: 100
3 Johan Kristoffersson, Volkswagen Polo: 70
4 Sébastien Loeb, Peugeot 208: 63
5 Toomas Heikkinen, Audi S1: 60

2016 FIA WORLD RALLYCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP,
TEAMS’ CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS

1 EKS: 165
2 Team Peugeot Hansen: 109
3 Volkswagen RX Sweden: 102
4 Hoonigan Racing Division: 67
5 World RX Team Austria: 62

[Images: FIAWorldRallycross.com / Volkswagen RX Sweden]

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