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Sunday, 12/11/2017


FIA World Rallycross Championship

Signing off with a win!

Johan Kristoffersson (S) won the South Africa premiere of FIA World Rallycross Championship in Cape Town (ZA). The driver from PSRX Volkswagen Team Sweden won the season final at the Killarney Raceway, finishing ahead of his compatriots Timmy Hansen (Peugeot) and Mattias Ekström (Audi). This was the seventh win of the season for world champion* Kristoffersson. The Swede has finished on the podium at eleven of this year’s twelve rounds – a new record!

 

“This season was simply fantastic,” said Kristoffersson. “I can hardly believe what we have achieved. I have to thank Petter Solberg and the entire team. Together, we have been strong throughout the whole season. I hoped from the start that we could be successful. But to have actually achieved that is absolutely fantastic.”

 

While Kristoffersson and PSRX Volkswagen Team Sweden had already wrapped up the titles in mid-September at the race weekend in Riga (LV), Petter Solberg (N) was still battling for second place in the world championship in Cape Town. A puncture on Saturday cost Solberg valuable positions and points in qualifying, and the Norwegian had to settle for fourth place behind his closest rival Mattias Ekström (Audi) in the final. This meant Solberg ended the season in third place in the Drivers’ Championship. “I really gave it my all, but it was impossible to get past Ekström,” said Solberg. That is okay, though. We have won enough gold medals this year!”

 

More information: www.fiaworldrallycross.com

 

* subject to confirmation from the FIA.


Thursday, 09/11/2017


FIA World Rallycross Championship

The race for the silver medal.

The FIA World Rallycross Championship is visiting the continent of Africa for the first time: Cape Town, South Africa, hosts the final round of the season this weekend. PSRX Volkswagen Team Sweden can already look back on an extremely successful season. Johan Kristoffersson wrapped up the Drivers’ Championship in Riga, with three races remaining, and also won the Team title alongside team-mate Petter Solberg. There is just one goal outstanding at the season finale, in order to put the icing on the cake at the end of a mightily impressive season: second place in the Drivers’ Championship for Petter Solberg, who goes into the final round just one point ahead of Audi’s Mattias Ekström.

“It is all about the silver medal now for me and Mattias Ekström,” says Solberg ahead of the season finale. “Johan and PSRX are already champions, and I would now like to make it a perfect season. That is what it all comes down to this weekend.”

Just short of six weeks have passed since the last race weekend at the Estering. This break came at just the right time for Solberg, as the Norwegian had broken his collarbone in a crash during the race in Latvia in mid-September. Solberg still managed to race in Germany despite his injury, producing an impressive display to finish fourth.

Although Solberg would have preferred to have been back in the car since the Estering, the former world rally champion definitely benefitted from having several weeks off racing. Solberg: “The time off helped the healing process. As such, it was a very nice break.”

Johan Kristoffersson may no longer have anything to race for in terms of world championship titles, but the Swede is still hungry to claim his seventh win of the season at the Killarney Raceway in Cape Town, and thus to end the season in a manner worthy of the champion. “Things did not go to plan in Germany,” says Kristoffersson, who failed to qualify for the final for the first time this season at the Estering. “However, I have put that weekend behind me and we are now all focussing on the final race of the season. It is nice to come to a completely new track. On paper, it looks very promising and should be fun. Plus, it is nice to drive in warm weather. It is gradually becoming winter in Sweden, and the days are getting shorter, so we will make the most of our time in South Africa!”


Sunday, 15/10/2017


Global Rallycross


Sunday, 01/10/2017


FIA World Rallycross Championship


Friday, 29/09/2017


FIA World Rallycross Championship


Monday, 18/09/2017


FIA World Rallycross Championship


FIA European Rallycross Championship

Volkswagen driver Marklund is European Rallycross champion*.

Anton Marklund, from the Marklund Motorsport team, is the new champion in the FIA European Rallycross Championship. The Swede guided his Volkswagen Polo to victory in the final in Latvia, wrapping up the title in the process. Marklund won the final in style, finishing ahead of Robin Larsson (S, Audi) and Tamás-Pál Kiss (H, Peugeot). At the end of the season, Marklund held a 28-point lead over second-placed Thomas Bryntesson (N, Ford).

*Subject to the official publications of the results by the FIA.


Thursday, 14/09/2017


WRX

Match point Kristoffersson.

Johan Kristoffersson is on a roll: the 28-year-old Swede is the man of the hour on the Rallycross scene, and has a great opportunity this weekend to claim his first world championship title at round ten of the FIA World Rallycross Championship in Riga. Should Kristoffersson, who drives for PSRX Volkswagen Team Sweden, pick up the maximum 30 points on offer in the Latvian capital, and team-mate Petter Solberg score fewer than 17 points, the man from Arvika would be crowned Rallycross world champion for the first time in his career, and with two races still remaining this season. At the same time, Kristoffersson would also be the most successful driver in the history of the World Rallycross Championship, with six wins in one season (five of which would have come in succession).

In the Team competition too, Petter Solberg’s crew can wrap up the title with races to spare in Riga. For this to happen, Kristoffersson and Solberg must score at least as many points as the Peugeot-Hansen team, which currently lies second in the championship.

“We have not won anything yet,” said a cautious Kristoffersson ahead of the race in Riga. “I am just thinking from race to race. This weekend, I will take it one step at a time. Firstly, it will be important to stay out of trouble. That is more important in Riga than on any other Rallycross circuit, as the crash barriers are closer to the track than anywhere else. However, I would be lying if I were to say that the title has not crossed my mind. I have to put any thoughts of the title to the back of my mind and think about Petter and the team.”

For the owner of the PSRX team, Solberg, the focus is clearly on the Team world championship. “That is why we are in this competition,” said the three-time world Rallycross champion. “I usually say that you may as well hang up your helmet if you are satisfied with second place. This time, however, I would be happy with second place – as long as Johan is in front of me!”

Heats one and two of the WRX Supercar class take place on Saturday at 13:00 and 15:20 (CEST). Heats three and four follow at 10:05 and 10:40 on Sunday. The semi-finals start at 15:00, followed immediately by the final.  

In selected countries, the two-hour WRX show can be watched in live stream on YouTube from 14:00 on Sunday. You can find more information on TV broadcasts at: www.fiaworldrallycross.com/tv_listings.


Monday, 11/09/2017


Global Rallycross


Thursday, 07/09/2017


Global Rallycross

Sights set on the title.

It is going to be a very special weekend for the Andretti Autosport team! Beetle drivers Scott Speed and Tanner Foust come into the penultimate race weekend of the Global Rallycross Championship with a good chance of wrapping up the championship for Andretti and Volkswagen with races to spare. Volkswagen leads the Manufacturer Championship with 44 points, followed by Honda and Subaru.

 

Scott Speed: “Seattle is a home event for our sponsor Oberto – so we obviously want to do well here. I love this venue, even though I have not enjoyed the greatest success here in the past.” His team-mate Tanner Foust, who can call on the experience of eight years of drifting around the 1.2-kilometre track at the Evergreen Speedway, adds: “I am really looking forward to Seattle, as the fans there are some of the best we encounter all season.”

 

However, the Team competition is not the only thing at stake for Speed and Foust – the title in the Driver Championship is also up for grabs here. Following his brace of wins in Atlantic City, Speed now leads the drivers’ standings with 616 points. In second place is Steve Arpin (578), closely followed by Foust with 575 points. “My 38-point lead means I do not need to take any risks,” says Speed, looking at the table. “My strategy for this weekend will be to drive intelligently and defensively.” Foust, who did not enjoy such a successful event in Atlantic City: “The whole weekend in Atlantic City was a catastrophe for me. However, I will not give up and will fight for every point.”

 

More information: www.redbullglobalrallycross.com


Monday, 04/09/2017


FIA World Rallycross Championship

Kristoffersson wins in France and sets new record.

Johan Kristoffersson has won the nineth race of the FIA World Rallycross Championship in Lohéac, securing his fifth victory of the season. It was also his fourth win in a row, making the Swedish driver the first to record such an achievement in the World Rallycross Championship. In rainy conditions on a very slippery circuit, the world championship leader from the PSRX Volkswagen Sweden team put on a commanding display to claim the win in the final, well ahead of local hero Sébastien Loeb (Peugeot), who led the event on Saturday evening, and Mattias Ekström (Audi). “I have never been so comfortable in a car in rainy conditions before,” said Kristoffersson after his win. “While it was dry yesterday, Sébastien Loeb put us under quite a bit of pressure but the team did a great job today and put out a superb car.”

The weekend in Brittany did not go according to plan for team-mate Petter Solberg. The Norwegian driver did make it to the final but tyre problems with his Volkswagen Polo GTI Supercar caused some problems for the former world rally champion. “We took a big step forward with the car and that is positive for the team,” concluded Solberg. “We have set ourselves an objective this year and we are giving 110 percent for the title. And for Johan’s drivers’ title too, of course!” With three races remaining, Kristoffersson leads the standings with 241 points, ahead of Solberg (195) and Ekström (180). The next WRX race is on 15th September in Riga, Latvia.

More information: www.fiaworldrallycross.com


FIA European Rallycross Championship

Marklund in fourth place at Lohéac final.

Anton Marklund reached the final in the seventh race of the FIA European Rallycross Championship season at the Lohéac circuit, claiming fourth place in difficult conditions. After some sunny weather in Brittany on Saturday, the circuit was transformed overnight by an area of low pressure into a wet and slippery course that took everything out of the drivers. Marklund won two heats and claimed second place in another in his Volkswagen Polo, before a strong performance from the Marklund Motorsport driver in the semi-final saw him finish second, behind local favourite Firmin Cadeddu. Marklund’s team-mate Magda Andersson reached the semi-final and finished in ninth place overall. The fourth-place result allowed Marklund to cement his lead in the European Rallycross Championship. He now has 99 points and stays ahead of Thomas Bryntesson, who claimed victory in the Lohéac final.


Thursday, 31/08/2017


FIA World Rallycross Championship

Loeb’s front yard.

The FIA World Rallycross Championship has returned from the summer break. That is good news for championship leaders Johan Kristoffersson and Petter Solberg from the PSRX Volkswagen Team Sweden. They are heading to France for the ninth race of the season; to Lohéac in Brittany, to be exact. Solberg and Kristoffersson want to rediscover the right rhythm as a team and continue their run of success. In Canada just four weeks ago, Volkswagen recorded the fifth straight win this season. 

 

“I love the race in Lohéac and I really like it as a place too,” says current drivers’ world championship leader Kristoffersson - 35 points ahead of Solberg. His team-mate Solberg adds: “Like at all the races, the atmosphere and the organisation are outstanding. Of course everyone here cheers for Sébastien Loeb, it’s as if he’s driving in his front yard.”

 

Solberg and Kristoffersson have both done well at Lohéac in past years. Solberg won in 2014, while Kristoffersson claimed an historic victory in 2016.

  

Kristoffersson continues: “The team is concentrating on the team world championship. But of course I would like to be the champion; that’s what everyone dreams of. When Petter and I talked about the season at the start of the year, of course we discussed the importance of teamwork and of having a precise plan. We have stuck to this, which is why we are where we are.”

 

Team-mate Solberg agrees: “I have been in a few teams where everyone is pulling in different directions. That simply does not work. However, we are working well together, with one goal in mind. Things are going very well for us at the moment.”

 

The same is true for the further development of Volkswagen Polo GTI Supercar, the tool of their trade. “It doesn’t matter whether we are on asphalt, gravel, or mud. We can drive in dry conditions or in the wet. We have made the car competitive in all conditions. We then worked on improving the interplay between Johan and myself. We owe everything to teamwork this season,” says Solberg.

 

Heats one and two in the WRX Supercar class take place on Saturday at 14:00 and at 15:20 CET. Heats three and four follow on Sunday, at 10:05 and at 10:40. The semi-finals start at 15:00, followed immediately by the final. 

 

In selected countries, the two-hour WRX Show is available as a Youtube livestream on Sunday, at 14:00. You can find more information about TV broadcasts here: www.fiaworldrallycross.com/tv_listings.

Wednesday, 16/08/2017


FIA World Rallycross Championship

Comeback with 570 hp: Dieter Depping at the Estering in the Polo GTI Supercar.

Surprise coup for the German round of the World Rallycross Championship in Buxtehude: Volkswagen test driver Dieter Depping will contest the race for PSRX Team Volkswagen Sweden in a third Polo GTI Supercar in addition to Petter Solberg and Johann Kristoffersson. This will be the first time that the former three-time German rally champion and Dakar driver has competed since the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring in 2010. As a test driver and racing driver, Depping drove countless rallies and circuit races – Rallycross has been missing from the experienced rally driver’s career to date.

“When Motorsport Director Sven Smeets asked me if I could envisage starting at my home race in Buxtehude, I didn’t need to think about it for long,” explained the 51-year-old, beaming. “I’m really looking forward to the races at the Estering, but I also have a huge amount of respect for them – particularly the start.” No surprise, considering that the Rallycross fireballs such as the Polo GTI are faster than a Formula 1 car when accelerating from zero to one hundred. “I will prepare well for the races and am already looking forward to the great setting at the Estering. My thanks also go to Petter Solberg’s team, who are taking me and my Polo under their wing for this competition.”

“Dieter Depping has done a valuable job for Volkswagen as a test driver and racing driver for many years now. He was part of the Dakar team, was involved in the development of countless racing cars and, last but not least, played a major role in Volkswagen bringing home a total of twelve world championship titles with the Polo R WRC,” said Volkswagen Motorsport Director Sven Smeets. “The start in Buxtehude is a way of thanking Dieter Depping for his fantastic work, but we are also delighted to have a local hero lining up at the Rallycross highlight in Lower Saxony.”

German rally champion, Nordschleife ace, Dakar driver and maker of world champions

Depping, born on 7 August 1966 in Hannover, first came into contact with motorsport as a rally spectator when he was 18 years old. Then in 1990, he contested his rookie season in the German rally trophy in a Golf he built himself, winning the competition at the first time of asking. Between 1992 and 1994, he won three titles in the German rally championship, three victories at ADAC Rally Germany (1994, 1996, 1997), and finished runner-up twice in the European championship in 1994 and 1995.

Then he took a break from professional racing and devoted himself to the family business, before joining Volkswagen Motorsport as a test driver and works driver in 2001. He made his debut in a Volkswagen Tarek at the Rally Dakar in 2003, as the team-mate of Jutta Kleinschmidt. In 2009, he made his second appearance, in a Race Touareg. He also contested circuit races for Volkswagen, including the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring. As of the end of 2011, as a test driver, Dieter Depping made a crucial contribution to the development of the Polo R WRC, which also formed the basis for the Polo for the World Rallycross Championship.

Monday, 14/08/2017


Global Rallycross

Speed wins twice to take championship lead.

 

Back on top: Scott Speed (USA) dominated the sixth race weekend of the Global Rallycross Championship (GRC) to regain the overall lead in the Drivers’ Championship. The Andretti Autosport driver, at the wheel of a 560-hp Volkswagen Beetle GRC, won both races in the double-header in Atlantic City (USA). In doing so, he leapfrogged ahead of his team-mate Tanner Foust (USA) in the overall standings. Foust was plagued by bad luck in Atlantic City. Arriving at the event as championship leader, he was forced to retire shortly after the start of Saturday’s race, following a crash. He then came home ninth in Sunday’s final. Speed, on the other hand, dominated proceedings throughout the entire weekend, winning three of the five heats and taking victory in both finals. Speed’s third win in a row was enough to move him to the top of the overall standings with 535 points, ahead of team-mate Foust (528). As such, he is now well-placed to successfully defend the title for the second time in a row. Volkswagen continues to lead the Manufacturers’ Championship with 39 points, ahead of Honda (31). The next GRC races will take place in Seattle (USA) on 9 and 10 September, when fans can again look forward to a double-header.

 

“The Volkswagen Beetle GRC felt like it was on rails, and it was very quick,” Speed said. “At the same time, you have to say that it is getting closer and closer. The other drivers are closing the gap. I am really looking forward to an exciting second half of the season, in which we must continue to work flat-out. Fortunately, we scored a lot of points this weekend and regained the lead in the championship. Our goal is now to defend that lead.”

 

More information: www.redbullglobalrallycross.com

Friday, 11/08/2017


Global Rallycross

Go big or go home – Atlantic City.

 

“Go big or go home” will be the motto for the Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross team this weekend in Atlantic City, which is situated roughly 200 kilometres away from New York City at the US East Coast. However, the drivers of Global Rallycross will be focussed on tyre choice more than on gambling.

 

Team members and Volkswagen Beetle GRC drivers Scott Speed and Tanner Foust are agreed on one thing: the Bader Fields circuit in Atlantic City is their favourite. Scott: “Atlantic City was one of our favorite stops last year,” Speed said. “Heading back for a double-header, it will be a very pivotal race in our comeback this year.”

 

However, Foust believes the 1.45-kilometre track at Bader Fields will pose a few challenges: “This year at Atlantic City, the track is certainly different. It looks tighter, a little narrower and should make for some close racing. With three weekends to go, there’s still a huge number of points to be won or lost in the series. As always, there is an element of things that are out of your control that can happen, but I’m totally focused making sure I do my job to put us in the best chance of grabbing those points”.

 

Foust currently leads the championship with 488 points, followed by team-mate Speed in second place with 462 points. Volkswagen is first in the Manufacturers’ Championship with 34 points. 

 

More information: www.redbullglobalrallycross.com

Monday, 07/08/2017


WRX

One-two in Canada: Kristoffersson wins, ahead of Solberg.

 

Perfect weekend for PSRX Team Volkswagen Sweden: Johan Kristoffersson (S), at the wheel of the Volkswagen Polo GTI Supercar, won round eight of the FIA World Rallycross Championship in Trois-Rivières (CDN). Team-mate Petter Solberg (N), also driving the 570-hp Polo GTI, finished runner-up to complete the team’s second one-two of the season. This latest victory was Kristoffersson’s third in a row, and the fifth successive win for PSRX Volkswagen Sweden. And the list of achievements goes on: Kristoffersson took his place on the podium for the seventh time in a row in Canada – a new record. The team, which was formed in the run-up to this season, gave a clear statement of its intent on Saturday, when the two drivers overcame adverse conditions to end the day in first and third place.

Kristoffersson and Solberg dominated the semi-finals on Sunday, and both started the final from the front row of the grid. In the end, it was the Swede who took victory, crossing the finish line with a lead of about one second over his Norwegian team-mate. In doing so, Kristoffersson extended his lead in the Drivers’ Championship: after eight of the twelve rounds, he now holds a 35-point advantage over Solberg. PSRX remains the dominant force in the Team Championship: the Volkswagen team is already a full 108 points clear of the opposition. 

 

Johan Kristoffersson: “It’s incredible. What a brilliant result. Yesterday was quite tough with the conditions, but that’s when this team really pulled together and came through. Everything went to plan this time. Once again, it was crucial that Petter and I went into the semi-finals in first and second so we could capitalise and try to get first and second on the grid in the final. I have a huge thanks to the team and to Petter for this weekend. We fly home a very happy team!”

 

More information: www.fiaworldrallycross.com

Thursday, 03/08/2017


WRX

Summer Fairy Tale.

 

Had anyone approached two-time champion Petter Solberg at the start of the year and asked him for his prediction on how the FIA World Rallycross Championship would look after seven of the season’s twelve races, then never in his wildest dreams could he have imagined the current championship table. That’s odd really, as what has happened since the new PSRX Team Volkswagen Sweden was announced back in January is rather like a dream. 

 

The paint on the 570-hp Volkswagen Polo GTI Supercar had barely had chance to dry properly, and the team hospitality had not yet been completed, when two-time world Rallycross champion Petter Solberg fired up the engine in Barcelona and finished fourth at the first WRX event of the season. His team-mate Johan Kristoffersson came home sixth in the final. This was followed by an impressive run of success for the PSRX team, with victories in Belgium, England, Norway and Sweden. Some courtesy of Kristoffersson, some Solberg.

 

“How could anyone have seen that coming?” is Solberg’s response to the remarkable way the season has panned out so far. “We obviously hoped we would be successful, and perhaps win the odd race, but everything – absolutely everything – was new. We have made a dream come true within eight months. We must now do everything in our power to ensure that we wake up at the end of the season with a smile on our face, and win both the Driver and the Team championships.”

 

Key to achieving this will be the eighth of this season’s twelve WRX events this weekend in Trois-Rivières, Canada. PSRX Volkswagen Sweden leads the Team competition in the World Championship with 331 points, followed by the Peugeot Hansen team (246). In the Drivers’ Championship, Kristoffersson holds the top spot with 181 points, ahead of team-mate Solberg (150).

 

“After the five-week summer break, I am really looking forward to Canada,” says Kristoffersson. “Not being able to take my place in the Polo GTI for such a long time has been tough. I would prefer to be out driving every day, if I could. The track in Canada is a fantastic one, and the atmosphere there is simply incredible. Compared to the circuits in Sweden and Norway, the track in Canada is not quite as rough. Furthermore, the event also features a number of other fascinating races – one of which with the youngest member of our team: Petter and Pernilla’s son Oliver. Nicolas Hamilton, the younger brother of Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton, will also be making his Rallycross debut. It is always great to check out a bit of the action in other series.”

 

Incidentally, Solberg was victorious the first time the WRX visited North America, back in 2014 – a success he would love to repeat this time out. Solberg: “That would be a dream!”

 

Heats one and two of the WRX Supercar class take place at 20:00 and 22:30 CET on Saturday. They are followed on Sunday by heats three and four at 15:30 and 17:15 CET. The semi-finals start at 21:00, followed immediately by the final.

In selected countries, it is possible to watch the two-hour WRX Live Show via live stream on YouTube from 20:00 on Sunday. You can find more information on TV listings at www.fiaworldrallycross.com/tv_listings.

Monday, 10/07/2017


Global Rallycross

Thursday, 06/07/2017


Global Rallycross

Back at the Mecca of motorsport.

 

It is the capital of American motorsport, venue of the biggest motorsport event in the USA, and home of Andretti Autosport – Indianapolis. Only a matter of weeks ago, Andretti Autosport won the iconic Indy 500 race. The Andretti team now returns to Indiana from 08 to 09 July, this time with the Global Rallycross Championship (GRC). The Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross team’s 560-hp Beetle will drift its way round the Lucas Oil Raceway for the first time, as the 1.2-kilometre circuit, located not far from the famous Indianapolis Oil Raceway, makes its debut on the GRC calendar. 

 

Beetle driver Tanner Foust is also pleased that fans there will be able to witness a new, spectacular form of motorsport at the weekend: “I love it when the fans experience the spectacle and crazy acceleration of the Rallycross cars for the first time. Indianapolis is the capital of US motorsport, and I believe we will win a few Indy fans over to our sport.” 

 

Team-mate and reigning champion Scott Speed adds: “Indianapolis is also the home of Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross. A lot of friends and family of the drivers, mechanics and engineers will be there to cheer us on. That obviously gives us extra motivation.” 

 

In the Driver Championship, Foust currently tops the standings with 418 points, followed by Steve Arpin (391). Volkswagen team-mate Speed is third with 381 points. Volkswagen also leads the Manufacturer Championship.

 

More information: www.redbullglobalrallycross.com

Moday, 03/07/2017


FIA World Rallycross (WRX)

Kristoffersson claims home victory and extends WRX lead.

 

Johan Kristoffersson claimed his third win of the season for PSRX Volkswagen Team Sweden at round seven of the FIA World Rallycross in Höljes. In front of more than 45,000 passionate fans, the Swede in the Polo GTI Supercar dominated proceedings, seemingly at will. Kristoffersson had already triumphed in qualifying and the semi-final, and victory never looked in danger in the final.

 

The impressive home win also means that the 28-year-old has extended his lead in the world championship. Now with 181 points to his name, he leads team-mate Petter Solberg (150), who failed to qualify for the final in Sweden, by 31 points. PSRX Volkswagen continues to lead the Team competition with 331 points, followed by the Peugeot Hansen team (246).

 

Kristoffersson said: “Saturday was a very good day. We were out in front at the end of the day, but I was fully focussed on the final day. After all, that is what it is all about. As always, the car was perfect. I have to thank everyone in the team. Not only those here on site, but everyone who works so hard for us at Volkswagen Motorsport.”


FIA European Rallycross (ERX)

Marklund wins in Höljes, second place for Hedström.

 

Anton Marklund (S) has added another win to his tally in the FIA European Rallycross Championship. The Swede won at the wheel of a Volkswagen Polo in front of his home crowd in Höljes. He took the chequered flag in the final ahead of fellow Volkswagen driver and compatriot Peter Hedström (S). Third place went to René Münnich (D).

In total, three Volkswagen Polos made it into the ERX final in Höljes. Marklund and Hedström were joined in the final showdown by Alexander Hvaal (N).

Monday, 19/06/2017


Global Rallycross

Monday, 12/06/2017


FIA World Rallycross Championship


FIA European Rallycross Championship

Marklund maintains championship lead with third place.

Anton Marklund achieved a podium result at round five of the FIA European Rallycross Championship in Hell and, in doing so, defended his overall lead in the European championship. The Swede crossed the finish line third at the end of a hard-fought final to score valuable points towards the championship. With four race weekends remaining, Marklund tops the table with 55 points. Second place in the championship is currently occupied by Robin Larsson (Audi, 44), who was victorious in Hell, followed by Tamas-Pal Kiss (Peugeot, 43), who was runner-up in the final. In total, three Volkswagen Polo cars progressed to the final race in Hell. Marklund was followed over the line by Alexander Hvaal in fourth and Peter Hedström in fifth. Höljes will host the next race weekend in the European Rallycross Championship on 1 and 2 July.

Friday, 09/06/2017


FIA World Rallycross (WRX)

From heaven to Hell – the WRX heads to Norway.

 

Petter Solberg and Johan Kristoffersson of PSRX Volkswagen Team Sweden are in seventh heaven at the moment. After back-to-back World Championship victories at the rounds in Belgium and Great Britain, the Volkswagen drivers can now look forward to their home events. First up is Solberg in his native Norway, followed by Kristoffersson’s home races in Sweden at the start of July. These two rounds are also home events for the majority of the team. As such, they represent a special challenge for the whole team, which has its headquarters in Torsby, Sweden.

  

“Neither Johan nor I have really shone in Norway or Sweden in the past. As such, these two events are very important for us and the team. Sure, the same number of points are up for grabs at every round of the World Rallycross Championship, but home races are always very special for everyone,” says Petter Solberg.

 

Solberg is quite certain that Volkswagen Motorsport has found what it takes to make round six of the World Championship in Norway another highlight for the team. “I have to confess that I have always struggled to get my cars working at this track. That shouldn’t be the case this year. We have made progress in many little areas with the Polo since the start of the year. We did not make even the slightest mistake last time out at Lydden Hill. Everything ran absolutely perfectly.”

 

The racing promises to be exciting from the very first corner. As such, tactics will play a particularly important role at the circuit in Hell. 

 

“I have always been very cautious in Rallycross,” says Petter. “I am not the type of driver who sticks his car in any little gap. Sometimes you get through doing that, but usually it does not come off. There is always a risk involved, and it is a very big risk at this point in the season. Leaving an event empty-handed can cost any of the top drivers any chance of winning the World Championship. As a team, we have to err on the side of caution, as we have done all season so far.”

 

World Rallycross Championship leader Johan Kristoffersson will also be playing it safe.

 

 “Norway is always one of the most complicated races of the entire year. It will definitely be important not to make any mistakes all weekend,” says Kristoffersson.

 

“We have made a fantastic start to the season, and both the car and the team are improving all the time. To be honest, I can still hardly believe what we have achieved as a team in such a short time. And that was just the start of things to come. The focus is definitely on carrying the momentum we have into Hell. However, we obviously also have to keep an eye on the big picture – the two championships.”

 

Qualifying rounds one and two for the WRX Supercar class take place at 11:00 and 14:00 on Saturday. Qualifying sessions three and four follow at 10:00 and 12:00 on Sunday. The semi-final then starts at 15:00, followed immediately by the final.

 

In selected countries, it is possible to watch the two-hour WRX Live Show via live stream on Youtube from 15:00 on Sunday. You can find more information on TV listings at www.fiaworldrallycross.com/tv_listings

Monday, 05/06/2017


Global Rallycross

First win of the season for Foust, Speed defends championship lead.

 

Tanner Foust (USA) claimed his first victory of this season’s Global Rallycross Championship (GRC) at the double-header in Thompson (USA). The American won Saturday’s opening race in the 560-hp Volkswagen Beetle. He was followed home by Scott Speed (USA), who completed the second one-two of the season for the Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross team. For long periods of race two on Sunday, Foust looked odds on to make it a brace of wins. Starting from pole position, he dominated proceedings until he was struck by misfortune with just a few laps remaining: Foust failed to spot a pothole, which damaged his car. He eventually ended the race down in ninth place. Team-mate Speed finished runner-up again. In doing so, he successfully defended the top spot in the championship. Victory in race two went to Steve Arpin (CDN, Ford). The next GRC race weekend will take place in Ottawa (CDN) on 17 and 18 June, when Rallycross fans can look forward to another double-header.

 

Tanner Foust (USA), Volkswagen Beetle GRC

“It was almost a perfect weekend. We qualified as fastest for the final on both days, and won all the heats, semi-finals and Saturday’s race. I was four seconds clear in race two, and was already focussed on avoiding all the potholes on the track – as I had done all weekend. I thought I had spotted all the potholes at this circuit, but I missed one. It is disappointing not to be able to give the team another win on day two, but the championship is still close.”

Friday, 03/06/2017


Global Rallycross


Global Rallycross

Scott Speed: “Rallycross worldwide is exploding!”

 

Scott Speed is one of the most popular and versatile race drivers in the USA. Born in California, Speed started his motorsport career with kart races. From there, he took on Formula 3 and GP2 all the way into the pinnacle of motorsports, the Formula 1. Since 2013, Speed has been on the team Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Series (GRC) team, claiming championship titles in 2015 and 2016 in his 570-hp Volkswagen Beetle.

 

We are just two races into the 2017 GRC season. Are you happy with your performance so far?

 

Scott Speed: I think we could not have asked for better results from a performance standpoint, the cars have been blistering fast; that shows for a promising year. The first race was pretty drama-free but the second race obviously had some drama in it. We were still able to manage a podium and put on one heck of a race, probably one of the most spectacular races that rallycross has had in the US so far. We have been the dominant car all weekend, so that is very encouraging for the rest of the year.

 

You are driving the new Volkswagen Beetle this season. What is your impression of the car? And what are the biggest differences in comparison with its previous model?

 

Speed: The biggest differences are that it is a new car and it is lighter. We have done some technical changes to the geometry and the suspension, which have also been a big help in the performance of the Beetle.

 

To some rallycross may still be a mystery, but its popularity has increased in recent years. Would you agree?

 

Speed: I think that rallycross worldwide is exploding and is such a great sport to be in. The last race was posted online and it has seen close to two million views of the main event. People are watching and all the reaction has been very positive. It is a great time in motor racing where something like rallycross is growing so quickly.

 

This weekend you and your team will face the first double-header of the season in the upcoming event in Thompson. Is there a different approach than usual?

 

Speed: If you base this double-header on the wild race like we had in Louisville, reliability and consistency will be the main focus here for the team. The racing is going to be very tough, and we will have to run a smart weekend in Thompson to win.

Monday, 29/05/2017


FIA World Rallycross Championship

Monday, 22/05/2017


Global Rallycross

Speed finishes third to defend his overall lead in the GRC.

 

Defending champion Scott Speed (USA) finished third at the second event of the season in the Global Rallycross Championship (GRC) in Louisville (USA). Speed’s team-mate at Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross, Tanner Foust (USA), narrowly missed out on a podium result in fourth place. Speed and Foust, who started the final from pole and second on the grid, both won two individual races and demonstrated the potential of the 560-hp Volkswagen Beetle GRC with a win each in their respective semi-finals. The final on the 1.13-kilometre track in Louisville was won by Sebastian Eriksson (S, Honda), followed by Steve Arpin (CDN, Ford).

“It was great fun here, and I am very happy for Sebastian Eriksson,” said Speed. “We did not give too many points away this weekend.” The two Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross drivers remain at the top of the overall standings. Speed leads the championship with 150 points, ahead of Foust (140). Rallycross returns on 3 and 4 June, when the GRC elite assemble in Thompson (USA) for a double-header.

Sunday, 14/05/2017


Best images Mettet.


FIA World Rallycross (WRX)

Maiden victory for the Polo GTI: Kristoffersson wins in Mettet.

 

Success at the fourth attempt: Johan Kristoffersson (S) earned PSRX Volkswagen Team Sweden its first victory in the FIA World Rallycross Championship (WRX). Kristoffersson, at the wheel of the 570-hp Volkswagen Polo GTI Supercar, won the fourth round of the season in Mettet (B), narrowly defeating Timmy Hansen (S, Peugeot) in a dramatic finale that came down to the finish straight.

 

“That is very special. What an incredible feeling,” said Kristoffersson, who had dominated the heats. Petter Solberg (N) started from pole position and crossed the finish line third to help extend PSRX Volkswagen Sweden’s lead in the Team competition. In the Drivers’ Championship, Kristoffersson made up ground on leader Mattias Ekström (S, Audi). The Volkswagen driver remains second behind his compatriot. The fifth of this season’s twelve rounds in the WRX will be held at Lydden Hill (GB) in a fortnight.



Result Mettet:

1 Johan Kristoffersson 4m02.316s

2 Timmy Hansen, +0.924s

3 Petter Solberg, +0.935s

4 Mattias Ekström, +3.057s

5 Kevin Eriksson, +11.269s

6 Andreas Bakkerud, DNF

 

Drivers’ championship positions:

1 Ekström, 101pts

2 Kristoffersson, 98pts

3 Solberg, 87pts

4 Hansen, 72pts

5 Loeb, 61pts

6 Bakkerud, 52pts

 

Teams’ championship positions:

1 PSRX Volkswagen Sweden, 131pts

2 EKS, 114pts        

3 Team Peugeot-Hansen, 95pts



Johan Kristoffersson:

“This is special. What an incredible feeling. I know Petter and I have talked about this a few times this year, but I think we are both so happy with the way the team is working with Volkswagen Motorsport and the speed we have had this weekend has shown that. The car has been perfect for me. From when we started the first practice, I have been driving with a huge smile on my face. The final was really good. It was a shame not to be on the front row alongside Petter for the start of the final, but the semi was a tough race and – in the end – it’s only the final that matters. I’m very, very happy with the start of the season. We all know, this is a new team with new people working together. It couldn’t have gone better, it’s the perfect relationship and, you know, we are getting faster and faster all the time. The teams’ championship is really a good place for PSRX Volkswagen Sweden and Petter and I both closed the gap a little bit to [Mattias] Ekström this weekend, which is fantastic as well.”

 

Petter Solberg:

“What a weekend! We have seen this kind of speed and race coming for a while. I’m so pleased for Johan, but I’m even more pleased for the whole team. The guys in Hannover at Volkswagen Motorsport and in our factory in Torsby have really come together for this result; the guys from Volkswagen brought the knowledge of the car and we have matched them with the knowledge of the sport. It’s made for a very strong partnership. There was maybe a little bit of frustration when we had the speed but not the results earlier in the year, but here we have really put it all together. It was some tough racing out there this weekend, sometimes I felt a little bit like the meat – or maybe the ham and cheese – in the middle of the sandwich; I was being pushed from the back and from the side, from every direction. But, you have to deal with that and you have to race with that pressure. It was intense, but we did it. On a personal level, three punctures this weekend really compromised my tyre strategy and for the final we really didn’t have much left to choose from – but we made it. Both cars in the final for the fourth consecutive race, two cars on the podium and PSRX Volkswagen Sweden’s first win. That is a good weekend!”

Monday, 08/05/2017


FIA World Rallycross (WRX)

Second place for Kristoffersson, lead extended in the Team Championship.

 

Johan Kristoffersson (S) finished runner-up at the third race weekend of the FIA World Rallycross Championship (WRX) in Hockenheim (D). The Swede from PSRX Volkswagen Team Sweden claimed his second podium finish in a row, having taken third place last time out in Portugal. Kristoffersson started the Hockenheim final from the front row in the Volkswagen Polo GTI Supercar. However, he did not get a great start on the wet surface and was eventually beaten by winner Mattias Ekström (S, Audi) after six hard-fought laps.

 

Kristoffersson’s team-mate Petter Solberg (S) overcame a difficult qualifying – a collision, through no fault of his own, cost him valuable points in the second race – to progress to the final, where he finished fourth. These latest results mean that PSRX Volkswagen Team Sweden now has 131 points to its name in the Team Championship. The team takes a 17-point lead over EKS (114 points) to Mettet (B), where the next round of the WRX will take place this coming weekend (12–14 May).

 

Kristoffersson about the Hockenheim weekend: “PSRX Volkswagen Sweden did an amazing job this weekend. This team is still really new – don’t forget we didn’t start until just a few months ago – but in round one the team was fourth in then final, last time we were third, this time we are second… in Belgium we will continue this progression and hopefully make first! Petter had a tough one, but for me things were a bit more straightforward. The Polo GTI Supercar is showing amazing speed and we did this again this time, but we came up against a really tough guy in the final. I have to pay tribute to Mattias [Ekstrom]. He drove six really strong laps in that last race. The big thing for me, for Petter and the team is what we are doing in the teams’ championship; 17 points clear is very, very impressive for this new team. We’re still learning, we’re still developing and we’re still getting faster – but this weekend we showed how to work as a team. I’m proud to be part of PSRX Volkswagen Sweden.“

 

Result Hockenheim: 

1 Mattias Ekström, 6:04.066 Mins.

2 Johan Kristoffersson, 6:04.774 

3 Timmy Hansen, 6:06.567 

4 Petter Solberg, 6:09.362 

5 Sébastien Loeb, 6:10.418 

6 Toomas Heikkinen, 6:10.889 

 

Drivers' Championship:

1 Ekström, 85 Points

2 Kristoffersson, 69 

3 Solberg, 62 

4 Loeb, 48 

5 Hansen, 47

6 Scheider, 41

 

Team Championship:

1 PSRX Volkswagen Schweden, 131 Punkte

2 EKS, 114 Punkte

3 Team Peugeot-Hansen, 95 Punkte

Thursday, 04/05/2017


Interview with Johan Kristoffersson

“Like Usain Bolt in the starting blocks.”

The WRX is coming to Hockenheim! A highlight of any season for Johan Kristoffersson of the PSRX Volkswagen Sweden Team. Ahead of round three of the world championship, the rapid youngster from Sweden talks about the special atmosphere in the Motodrom, missed Joker laps, and why he sometimes feels like sprint star Usain Bolt.

 

Johan, you unfortunately missed a Joker lap last time out in Portugal. Your father Tommy, who is your spotter, took responsibility for the mistake…is there now radio silence in the Kristoffersson house?

 

Johan Kristoffersson (laughs): No, of course not! It was a minor communication error. That kind of thing can happen in the heat of the moment. However, it has only happened to me twice: the first time, and the last!

 

Apart from that, you have enjoyed an outstanding start to the season. You set the fastest lap time in the Polo GTI Supercar in both Barcelona and Montalegre. Do you feel comfortable in the car?

 

Kristoffersson: Yes, the Polo GTI is extremely quick and has plenty of power – that makes life easier for Petter and me when we go racing. However, the fastest car in the field does not necessarily always come out on top. The whole package is key in the World Rallycross Championship. Everything, from the start and engine power to the set-up, has to come together at the crucial moment.

 

This will be your third race in Hockenheim on the same bill as the DTM. How do you like the track, and what is your goal this weekend?

 

Kristoffersson: The circuit is really great. We will be racing on the same layout as in 2016, with very fast, open asphalt sections and tight, technically demanding gravel passages. These extreme contrasts make finding the perfect set-up a big challenge. And then there is obviously the special atmosphere in Hockenheim. The DTM means we have big crowds and the atmosphere in the Motodrom is fantastic! It would obviously be important for the new team to claim our first win on such a big stage. For me personally, however, the focus is on scoring as many points as possible towards the world championship – a win and maximum points would be ideal.

 

Talking of circuits: you are also driving in the Swedish Touring Car Championship STCC this year. As a driver, what is the difference between Rallycross and circuit racing?

 

Kristoffersson: Fredrik Blomstedt and I drive a 350-hp Golf GTI TCR. Unfortunately, I must miss the opening round, as it clashes with this weekend. The difference is really easy to explain: although the races in the STCC are short sprints, the distance is relatively long compared to the WRX – long enough, at least, to recover from a mistake at the start. The WRX is more like a 100-metre race. There is a huge amount of adrenalin, and it is all but impossible to recover from a botched start. Sometimes, you sit in the cockpit and feel like Usain Bolt in the starting blocks.

Tuesday, 02/05/2017


Global Rallycross, Memphis.


Speed and Foust kick off new GRC season with a one-two.

Super start to the season for the Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross team in Memphis: Defending champion Scott Speed (USA) won the opening round of this season’s Global Rallycross Championship (GRC), with team-mate Tanner Foust (USA) following him over the line in second place to complete the first one-two for Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross. The dominance of the two 560-hp Volkswagen Beetle GRCs was clear to see, even before the final. Not only did Speed and Foust claim pole position and second on the grid in qualifying, but they also won all the individual heats. There was no beating the two Volkswagen drivers in the weekend’s two semi-finals at the 1.9-kilometre circuit in Memphis.

Scott Speed reached a special milestone, claiming the twelfth GRC win of his career to set a new record. This was also the 19th victory for Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross. The next race weekend in the Global Rallycross Championship will take place on 20 and 21 May in Louisville (USA).


Result, Memphis:

1. Scott Speed, #41 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross
2. Tanner Foust, #34 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross
3. Steve Arpin, #00 Loenbro Motorsports
4. Mitchell deJong, #24 Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE
5. Oliver Eriksson, #16 Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE
6. Cabot Bigham, #2 Bryan Herta Rallysport
7. Sebastian Eriksson, #93 Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE
8. Chris Atkinson, #55 Subaru Rally Team USA
9. Patrik Sandell, #18 Subaru Rally Team USA
10. Austin Dyne, #14 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing


Scott Speed, #41:
“It is obviously great to have more wins to my name in the GRC than any other driver. However, wins like this are only possible with a fantastic team – starting with Tanner Foust, I have an incredible teammate. The whole Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross team just worked this offseason. We put in the work, and when we wanted to stop we worked some more. When you show up to the first race and you put this kind of performance down, it just makes all that work worthwhile. Thanks so much, guys.”

Tanner Foust, #34:
“Memphis really is a tricky track, because that first corner is so fast. You kind of dive in there and wobble your way up the banking. Qualifying second on the new format was kind of rough, so I’m really excited to be able to come back and finish second after that. My teammate Scott [Speed] really put up amazing heats, so you just have to grab on to those heels and hang on. This track was awesome, the crowd was awesome, and what a great way to start the season.”

Friday, 28/04/2017


Global Rallycross, preview Memphis.


Mission title defence.

Four cylinders, two-litre displacement, and 560 hp: the 2017 Global Rallycross season is under starter’s orders. Four teams and twelve drivers have registered for this year’s competition, which comprises twelve rounds in total. The Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross team launches its title defence at the opening round of the season in Memphis, Tennessee (USA), on 28/29 April. They do so with a Volkswagen Beetle GRC that has been the subject of further development at Volkswagen Motorsport in Hannover.

 

“Winning the Driver and Team titles in 2016 was a great success for us,” said Volkswagen Motorsport Director Sven Smeets, who will attend the season-opener in Memphis. “However, we do not want to rest on our laurels. As such, we have once again worked hard this year to evolve the Volkswagen Andretti Beetle. It would be great to win another title.”

 

The two drivers – Scott Speed (USA), champion in 2015 and 2016, and two-time champion Tanner Foust (USA) – will again drive the four-wheel drive Beetle on the asphalt and gravel circuits. Speed is now in his fourth season, and already has two Drivers titles and eleven individual wins to his name. He is out to add more success to his CV this year.

 

“Together with Volkswagen Motorsport, our team has invested a lot of energy in developing and testing the Volkswagen Beetle. Only after the first race will we know whether all that effort has paid dividends. Memphis is a new circuit with a great layout. We obviously want to continue where we left off last year,” said reigning champion Scott Speed.

 

Champion Speed and last year’s runner-up Foust go into the season as title contenders. The 2017 calendar features twelve races, including five new venues, such as the opening round in Memphis, Louisville, Thompson and the Mecca of North American motorsport, Indianapolis. The teams also head across the Canadian border for the race in Ottawa. October’s season finale will take place in Los Angeles. “It is great to see the extent to which the GRC has developed over the last six years in the USA. I am pleased to be able to showcase the sport to fans in new cities and at new racetracks,” said Foust, commenting on the 2017 race calendar.

Monday, 24/04/2017


Best images Montalegre.


First podium and overall lead for PSRX Volkswagen Team.

Johan Kristoffersson (S) earned the first podium finish of the season for PSRX Volkswagen Team Sweden at round two of the FIA World Rallycross Championship in Montalegre (P). The Swede, at the wheel of the Volkswagen Polo GTI Supercar, finished third in the final behind Mattias Ekström (S, Audi) and Sébastien Loeb (F, Peugeot). 24 hours earlier, Kristoffersson had caught the eye with the fastest time of the day.

He is now second in the Drivers’ Championship. Team-mate Petter Solberg (N), also in a Volkswagen Polo GTI Supercar, qualified for the final as the fastest man in the preliminary rounds. However, he was hampered in the final itself by a puncture. Solberg did, however, manage to score valuable points in the Drivers’ Championship and currently ranks third behind Kristoffersson. The PSRX Volkswagen Team tops the team standings after two events. The third weekend of the World Rallycross Championship will take place from 5 to 7 May in Hockenheim (D).


Result:

1 Mattias Ekström, 3m 59.345s
2 Sébastien Loeb, 3m 59.912s
3 Johan Kristoffersson, 4m 00.254s
4 Timmy Hansen, 4m 01.074s
5 Reinis Nitiss, 4m 01.935s
6 Petter Solberg, 4m 30.488s


Petter Solberg
“My plan was to get away from the line as quickly as possible. We had the speed all weekend and the plan was for Johan to stay behind me in the beginning of the race. But then I picked up a slow puncture on the left rear and I just wanted to get out on the straight to let Johan past me. It came at the worst possible moment; I slowed him down and there was nothing I could do. Putting that behind us, I’m so happy with the way things are moving forward with the team and to be leading the championship is fantastic when you consider where we were just before the start of the year. I must say it’s very good for me to have Johan alongside me in the team – he did a great job of safeguarding our position today (Sunday). I am learning stuff from him and I hope I am able to teach him the odd thing as well! This is only good for PSRX Volkswagen Sweden.”


Johan Kristoffersson
“We went straight in behind Petter in the final, we had a plan to stay behind him for a while and it was all working well before he got the puncture. It was another really good weekend for the team, but it would have been nice to take the win – I think we both had the speed for it. Looking ahead, I have to say what an incredible job the team has done since Barcelona. Everybody worked really hard, we had some things on the car which needed some work and it’s all coming together now. I can’t wait for the next race where Petter and I are so determined to bounce back with the first win of the year for PSRX Volkswagen Sweden.”

Thursday, 20/04/2017


Portugal: A happy stomping ground.

 

3,2,1… If this sequence is to continue, there can be only one position for PSRX Volkswagen World RX Team Sweden at round two of the FIA World Rallycross Championship in Portugal this weekend – the very top step of the podium. However, they will face stiff opposition on their quest for victory.

 

Since the Portuguese hosted the World Rallycross championship for the first time in 2014, either Solberg or Kristoffersson have won every event in Portugal. Double world champion Petter Solberg dominated proceedings in 2014 and 2016. 2015 was all about Johan Kristoffersson, who claimed his maiden WRX victory in the Volkswagen Polo.

 

This weekend, both Solberg and Kristoffersson will be looking to add more success to what they have already achieved at the Portuguese circuit in Montalegre. Since the strong start to the season with the Polo GTI Supercar in Barcelona, PSRX Volkswagen Team Sweden has focussed intensely on further developing the 570-hp Polo.

 

“We had a fantastic start to the season, when you consider how little time our team had to prepare,” said Solberg ahead of the race in Portugal. The Norwegian has a special relationship with this event. “I really like the circuit in Portugal, and have enjoyed great success there for the last three years. It is awesome to win in front of the Portuguese fans. The track is fantastic, but it is not easy, as the weather is generally very unsettled. We are definitely well prepared after our test ahead of this round.”

 

Kristoffersson is equally optimistic about the second race weekend of the year: “I have very fond memories of Montalegre – particularly the last two years. In 2015, I kick-started the season with a win there, which was fantastic. As Petter says, we both seem to do well there. The track is great, because you can really attack and gain places. That is what I will be looking to do this weekend.” However, Kristoffersson and Solberg can both expect stiff opposition: the WRX field not only features world Rallycross champion and current championship leader Mattias Ekström, drift king Ken Block, DTM ace Timo Scheider and record rally champion Sébastien Loeb, but a grand total of 20 powerful supercars, all of which will be out to make life as difficult as possible for the two Volkswagen drivers as they set course for the final.

 

Qualifying races one and two of the WRX Supercar class take place at 13:30 and 15:00 on Saturday. Qualifying three and four follow at 10:30 and 12:00 on Sunday. The semi-final gets underway at 15:00 and is followed immediately by the final. 

 

In selected countries, the two-hour WRX Live Show will be available in live stream on YouTube from 15:00 on Sunday. You can find more information on TV broadcasts at www.fiaworldrallycross.com/tv_listings

Monday, 03/04/2017


Best images Barcelona.


Successful debut for PSRX Volkswagen in Barcelona.

Petter Solberg (N) of the PSRX Volkswagen team narrowly missed out on a place on the podium, finishing fourth at the opening round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship (WRX) in Barcelona. Solberg and team-mate Johan Kristoffersson (S) had both progressed to the final with the Volkswagen Polo GTI Supercar. Kristoffersson started from first place on the grid, but got away badly and eventually had to settle for sixth.

However, the newly-formed team did have something to celebrate: they top the Team standings, level on points with the EKS team of winner Mattias Ekström (S/Audi). Volkswagen also had cause for celebration in the European Rallycross Championship, where Anton Marklund (S) was victorious at the wheel of a Polo. The next race weekend in the WRX takes place in Montalegre (P) on 20 and 21 April.



Result:
1 Mattias Ekström, 4m 32.260s
2 Timo Scheider, 4m 32.622s
3 Andreas Bakkerud, 4m 34.128s
4 Petter Solberg, 4m 34.885s
5 Timmy Hansem, 4m 35.511s
6 Johan Kristoffersson, 4m 36.236s



Petter Solberg
“I am so, so proud of what we have all achieved here. The last few months have been really crazy, like really crazy getting everything sorted out. But we are here and we are racing. We hoped to be on the pace and we hoped to show ourselves in a good light. It was a dream for us to have two cars in the final today and the dream came true. I’m so happy with the performance and couldn't be happier with the team and for Johan, he showed such strong pace – he was the star driver for me.”

Johan Kristoffersson
“The team has put so much work in and everything is working so well from the first race. Naturally, I was a little disappointed with the final, I so wanted this result for the whole PSRX Volkswagen Sweden team – those guys worked so hard – but this is racing. The big thing is the pace we have from the car. It just makes me more determined do even better for the team at the second round.”

Friday, 31/03/2017


Interview with Petter Solberg

“Extremely excited and with positive anticipation!”

Finally! The new WRX season is getting underway in Barcelona. Joining the show is the PSRX team with Petter Solberg, Johan Kristoffersson and the brand-new Volkswagen Polo GTI Supercar. Ahead of the season opener in Catalunya, Petter Solberg talks about expectations, the new car and the athmosphere in Barcelona’s football mecca Camp Nou.

 

Petter, how does your new car made by Volkswagen feel?

 

Petter Solberg (laughs): The Polo GTI is a fast car – which we will hopefully see on Saturday. The philosophy behind it obviously stems from the WRC version, and together with Volkswagen Motorsport we have tried to transfer as much as possible from it to the WRX version. However, WRC and WRX are two completely different settings. During the short time we had available to do it, everybody has done an excellent job.

 

So far you have been a one-man show, now you have a young and extremely fast team-mate in Johan Kristoffersson. How do the both of you get along?

 

Solberg: We get along very well, and we have had a lot of fun during the test drives. Johan may be young but he brings a lot of rallycrosss championship experience to the table. And has been in a Volkswagen Polo already in the past. I am looking forward to the season with him, and it is our goal to win the team championship. I think this is possible! 

 

What can the fans expect from the 2017 rallycross season?

 

Solberg: Drivers and teams alike are extremely excited and feel a positive anticipation. You can feel it when you walk the pits. Nobody knows exactly how good your own car really is, before it will hit the tracks on Saturday. And there are at least ten drivers who compete for the title this year. The driver line-up in the rallycross championship has never been better.

 

Which of the twelve tracks is your favourite one?

 

Solberg: I really don’t have one. No matter where, no matter what the track conditions will be. Whether it’s rain or shine, I just love being fast with the WRX car. One thing I do care about, however, is the fans. When you feel their excitement and passion, it is a great source of inspiration. 

 

Final question: We are in Barcelona, you are a football fan – have you ever been to watch a game at Camp Nou?   

 

Solberg: Yes, last year I was invited by the President. It was fantastic. A great atmosphere inside the stadium, just amazing. They also had good food (laughs), and I was able to get my son a jersey as a surprise gift. It now hangs on the wall in his room at home. 

Monday, 27/03/2017


Test drive in Buxtehude

Solberg and Kristoffersson testing Volkswagen Polo GTI Supercar at the Estering.

Full throttle for the start of the season: last week, Petter Solberg (N) and Johan Kristoffersson (S) tested the new Volkswagen Polo GTI Supercar in Buxtehude (D). Both drivers were in action for one-and-a-half days with the 570 HP Polo as preparation for the start of the FIA World Rallycross Championship (WRX) in Barcelona (31/03–02/04). After completing practise starts, the team PSRX worked with Volkswagen Motorsport technicians on testing a range of set-up variations. The Estering, just outside Hamburg, will host the eleventh WRX race at the end of September. A total of twelve world championship events are scheduled for the 2017 season.

Tuesday, 21/03/2017


Best images of the car launch (10).


car launch in Stockholm

A Polo with added bite for Solberg and Kristoffersson.

The shape is a familiar one. The outline is already a symbol of success. The Petter Solberg Volkswagen Sweden team’s new Polo GTI Supercar for the FIA World Rallycross Championship is a winner, visually. At the official launch of Petter Solberg and Johan Kristoffersson’s new company car at the Volkswagen showroom in Stockholm, the two drivers were not the only ones to be excited about the look of the 570-hp monster Polo. The same could be said of the guests, media and sponsors invited to the event. The Rallycross Polo accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in just 1.9 seconds, making it without doubt the fastest Polo ever to grace a racetrack. 

 

“It is a dream for me,” said two-time FIA World Rallycross Champion Petter Solberg. “We have worked towards this for so long, and now we have made it. It is hard to put into words just how happy I am. Every time I climb out of the car at the end of a test, I do so with a broad grin on my face. Then I just want to get back in and continue driving. I am so happy to be able to work with Volkswagen Sweden and Volkswagen Motorsport this year. We now have the opportunity to make our dream a reality. The effort put in during pre-season preparations will pay dividends in the 2017 season. I have no doubt about that.”

 

Petter’s enthusiasm is shared by team-mate Johan Kristoffersson: “To line up with Petter, PSRX and Volkswagen Sweden is perfect for me. We have to convert this perfect start into a perfect middle, and then a perfect ending. We are driving for the Team competition in the championship, and obviously also have our sights set on the Drivers’ title. Petter has two titles to his name already, perhaps it is now time for him to help me out a little, as I strive to get my hands on my first!” 

 

Pre-season preparations have been successful, and this success has increased expectations and stoked interest, not least from partner Volkswagen Sweden. “We have followed the team’s preparations with great interest, and they looked very promising. Volkswagen Sweden and all our dealers are looking forward to the season getting underway. Petter, Johan, the team and the fantastic car – we are very proud to be part of this set-up,” said Sten Forsberg, Head of Volkswagen Sweden. A smiling Solberg recalls the winter: “Our preparations went really well. They were perhaps the best preparations the PSRX team have had – as you would expect when you have Volkswagen Sweden and Volkswagen Motorsport behind you. However, we know all too well that we still have a lot of work ahead of us. The cars are quick, getting quicker, and the opposition is passionate and determined.”

  

Volkswagen Motorsport Director Sven Smeets can hardly wait to see the Volkswagen Polo GTI Supercar in its natural environment – at the front of the field, out on the track. “We worked hard with PSRX and Volkswagen Sweden to get the car up and running in a very short amount of time. Now that the car is ready and we have tested it, we are all hugely looking forward to the first race in Barcelona. We all want to see how Petter, Johan and the Polo get on in an extremely strong field and an exciting championship.”

  

Bring on Barcelona. We’re ready!

Friday, 20/01/2017


Preview 2017 Race of Champions

Welcome to Miami!

Volkswagen drivers Scott Speed (USA) and Petter Solberg (N) are all set for the first Race of Champions in the United States of America. This weekend (21./22.01.), 18 top drivers from Formula 1, the World Rally Championship, Rallycross, NASCAR, Indycar and other series will go head to head in the Miami Marlins’ baseball stadium to determine the winner of the Race of Champions.

Two-time Global Rallycross champion Speed, who won the title in 2015 and 2016 in a Beetle run by Volkswagen of America and Andretti Autosport, will be making his first appearance at the Race of Champions. The 33-year-old Californian first takes on Indy 500 winner Alexander Rossi in the opening shootout. Should he win, the US star will then face four-time Formula 1 world champion Sebastian Vettel, record X Games winner Travis Pastrana, and three-time Indy 500 winner Helio Castroneves in Group A.

Norwegian rally legend and Rallycross champion Solberg, who only a few days ago announced that he would be working with Volkswagen Sweden in the 2017 FIA World Rallycross Championship (WRX), comes up against Formula 1 drivers Felipe Massa and Pascal Wehrlein in Group B, as well as two-time Indy 500 winner Juan-Pablo Montoya. Among the other stars in action are such motorsport greats as former Formula 1 world champion Jenson Button, NASCAR ace Kyle Bush, record Le Mans winner Tom Kristensen, and rally legend Marcus Grönholm. Once the winner of the individual competition is crowned on Saturday, Sunday will, as usual, be all about the battle of the nations. Speed partners Travis Pastrana in the USA Rally X team, while Solberg will race alongside Denmark’s Tom Kristensen in the Nordic team.

Monday, 16/01/2017


Volkswagen Beetle GRC tested in Phoenix.

Here we go again: Andretti Autosport’s preparations for the new season of the Red Bull Global Rallycross (GRC) began with a four-day test in Phoenix, Arizona. Scott Speed and Tanner Foust alternated at the wheel of the Volkswagen Beetle GRC. As well as fact-finding set-up drives, the pair also tested new components for the 560-hp Beetle, with which Speed has won the GRC drivers’ title for the past two years, and with which he and Foust claimed the manufacturers’ title for Volkswagen in 2016.

Wednesday, 11/01/2017


New dream team in the World Rallycross Championship: Petter Solberg and Johan Kristoffersson start with Volkswagen Sweden.

Rally legend Petter Solberg and rising star Johan Kristoffersson will start with Volkswagen Sweden in this year’s FIA World Rallycross Championship. The Norwegian superstar and the young Swede will contest all twelve rounds of the world championship – from the opening round in Barcelona (E) to the season finale in Cape Town (ZA) – with the 560-hp Volkswagen Polo RX Supercar.

“This is a dream come true,” said a delighted Petter Solberg. “Anything is possible with the support of Volkswagen Sweden and with Johan Kristoffersson as my team-mate. Right from the opening race, our top goal will be to win the world championship this year.” Solberg won the Drivers’ title in the World Rallycross Championship in 2014 and 2015, while Kristoffersson finished runner-up in 2016.

Similar to the commitment in the American Global Rallycross Championship (GRC), in which Volkswagen of America has fielded two Beetles with great success, the customer racing department at Volkswagen Motorsport will provide technical support for the Solberg team. “Following the great success with the Beetle in the GRC in the USA, and our new customer racing strategy, expanding towards the WRX is a logical step,” said Volkswagen Motorsport Director Sven Smeets. “We will assemble the cars and provide technical support, based on our experience and success in the GRC and the World Rally Championship. Petter Solberg’s team and Volkswagen Sweden will run the operation.” The team’s headquarters will be in Torsby (S).

The FIA World Rallycross Championship (WRX) begins on 31st March in Barcelona (E). In total, twelve rounds will be held in eleven countries, on three continents. The spectacular championship will make two trips to Germany for the races in Hockenheim (3 to 5 May) and in Buxtehude, near Hamburg (27 – 29 September). The season finale takes place in Cape Town (ZA) on 12 November.