• Johan Kristoffersson makes successful comeback at Holjes
• Mattias Ekstrom and Timo Scheider function on Swedish podium
• KYB Group of workers JC leads Teams’ standings after round one
Kristoffersson Motorsport’s Johan Kristoffersson became the comeback king within the predominant round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship offered by Monster Energy, the Swecon World RX of Sweden.
Sweden’s Kristoffersson, the 2017 and 2018 World RX Drivers’ Champion, claimed his 21st profession victory within the best held after a torrential downpour on the Holjes circuit, and with it – alongside with being TQ (top qualifier) and successful semi-best one – claimed maximum aspects to utilize an early lead of the Drivers’ standings, riding a Volkswagen Polo.
KYB Group of workers JC’s Mattias Ekstrom, the 2016 World RX Drivers’ Champion, furthermore scored a podium on his return to the sport. He space the quickest time in Q2, won semi-best two and performed 2d within the best with a solid bustle within the wet prerequisites, riding an Audi S1.
Germany’s Timo Scheider, the ALL-INKL.COM Muennich Motorsport driver, racing a Seat Ibiza, performed third. He became promoted onto the rostrum when Sweden’s Anton Marklund, racing a Renault Megane for GCK Bilstein, became given a 30 2d penalty for contact on lap one with Sweden’s Timmy Hansen, the 2019 World RX Drivers’ Champion. GRX Taneco’s Niclas Gronholm, from Finland, Marklund and Group of workers Hansen’s Hansen performed the best results.
Collectively alongside with his victory, Kristoffersson furthermore won round one within the unique-for-2020 Champion Quick Inaugurate up Award. “This feels very lawful. I had a little bit of of a stressful beginning web page in Q1, but I had a extraordinarily lawful launch within the rain and managed to have confidence a lawful Q1 after that. That made all the things a little bit of more straightforward. Within the semi-best we tried about a things on the vehicle that didn’t in actuality figure out, but then the rain came for the best. The day has furthermore been very stressful for our family team for a comeback after being away since 2015. We had all forms of assorted prerequisites but I even have confidence very lawful other folk round and the open within the best speaks for itself. It’s beneath no circumstances easy, and there’s consistently somebody there making an attempt to utilize you down. It’s pretty a gigantic field now with a whole bunch assorted rapid drivers. It’s going to be stressful this twelve months and we have to work arduous.”
Ekstrom’s result, alongside with aspects scored by team mate Robin Larsson, offers KYB Group of workers JC the lead within the Teams’ standings. “It became very assorted preparation to an match for me, to perceive esteem two weeks before that I’d creep here. Ending 2d is beneath no circumstances one thing I dream about, but Johan did a lawful job and likewise it is likely you’ll presumably have to claim they’ve a extraordinarily lawful vehicle. We have confidence got developed our vehicle as lawful as we can, but when the sky opened and we had a beefy dry setup for the best I knew I’d no longer stand a possibility. If it had been dry, I feel it would had been closer. We’re having a lawful time with Robin and the team and we’ll strive all yet again tomorrow.”
Scheider’s success marked the predominant ever World RX podium for ALL-INKL.COM Muennich Motorsport. “It became form of a chaotic launch to the season, given the weather prerequisites we had here. We’ve had okay bustle within the dry, but no longer too lawful within the wet. Nonetheless, we made the semis, performed third there and started P6 within the best. We had a lawful probability, and at closing, with a little bit of of edifying fortune within the end due to Anton Marklund’s penalty, we performed third. I’m mega overjoyed for the ALL-INKL team, it’s the very first World RX podium for those guys, so it’s a mega launch to the season for us.”
Sweden’s Robin Larsson became classified fourth in semi-best one, following a 3 2d penalty for contact with Marklund during the creep. Hungary’s Krisztian Szabo, riding a Hyundai i20 for GRX SET, became fifth and Unkorrupted’s Rokas Baciuska, from Lithuania, became sixth. In semi-best two, 2019 World RX of Sweden winner Sebastian Eriksson, racing a Honda Civic for the Olsbergs MSE team, became fourth. Group of workers Hansen’s Kevin Hansen, from Sweden, and GRX Taneco’s Timur Timerzyanov, from Russia, were fifth and sixth.
Monster Energy GCK RX Cartel’s Andreas Bakkerud, from Norway, ignored the semi-finals. He became 13th within the Intermediate Classification, on his first match within the GCK Renault Megane. ALL-INKL.COM Muennich Motorsport’s Rene Muennich, from Germany, became 14th, Finland’s Jani Paasonen 15th and Unkorrupted’s Guerlain Chicherit, from France, became 16th and the best championship aspects scorer. Sizable Britain’s Liam Doran, racing the 2d Renault Megane for the Monster Energy GCK RX Cartel team, retired from the match in Q1 with technical problems.
The predominant ever world electric rallycross match, for the Projekt E class, is at its halfway stage and The united states’s Ken Block is the spoil qualifier on day one, before Austria’s Hermann Naubauer and Sizable Britain’s Natalie Barratt, all three riding Ford Fiestas fitted with the three motor, 450kW all-electric powertrains developed by Projekt E technical companion STARD.
The predominant round of the FIA European Rallycross Championship furthermore takes function this weekend at Holjes. Devour Projekt E, Euro RX takes function as a single match over two days. After Q2, France’s Jean-Baptiste Dubourg (Peugeot 208), Sweden’s Oliver Eriksson (Ford Fiesta) and Norway’s Sondre Evjen (Volkswagen Polo) utilize the spoil three positions.
Paul Bellamy, Senior Vice President of Motorsports Occasions at IMG, concluded: “In very stressful instances and thanks to the arduous work of the FIA, our partners, groups, drivers and the Swedish promoter, we had been in a web page to salvage the 2020 season underway with a bang. All people within the World RX paddock diminished their personnel numbers to abet form this work and over 340 unfavorable PCR test results were bought. Congratulations to Johan on claiming victory on his comeback weekend, and at his dwelling match too. Properly done furthermore to Mattias and Timo for ending on the rostrum in such stressful prerequisites within the best. Now it’s a transient turnaround to forestall it all all yet again tomorrow.”