Courtesy of Red Bull Media Service Team
The Swedish two-time World Champion wins on return from rallycross break.
Two-time FIA World Rallycross champion Johan Kristoffersson put on a wet-weather masterclass to seal a comeback victory on home soil at the ‘All-Star’ Magic Weekend in Sweden. Here is all you need to know:
– The ‘All-Star’ Magic Weekend took place over four days in Höljes and featured races in four classes – Supercar, Supercar Lites, CrossCar and CrossCar Junior.
– Kristoffersson, 31, reminded everyone of his talent by steering his rebuilt 2016 Volkswagen Polo to first place in the Supercar category, after a 20 month break from rallycross racing.
– He said: “When the sniff of a win was there, I felt I could be really threatening on pure pace. It was great to get back into a super-competitive mode, analysing everything and trying different lines in the rain when I had a gap behind me.”
– In the CrossCar category, WRC driver Thierry Neuville and current RallyCross world champion Timmy Hansen suited up for LifeLive Nordic, a a new partnership between CrossCar manufacturer LifeLive and Hansen Motorsport.
– Belgian Neuville, who has 13 WRC victories to his name and has finished second in the overall rankings for the past four years, excelled during the opening rounds to progress to the semi-finals.
– He said: “It’s been an enjoyable and challenging weekend. I was able to finish on a high with tricky conditions; I was able to win two races, Timmy won one as well, so quite an improvement for us. We’re really looking forward to coming back for more testing and development, so we’re able to improve the car.”
– Timmy Hansen added: “It was amazing to be back on a real racetrack and do a real race. It was also a big challenge for me to adapt to a completely different driving style in these little cars, up against the toughest competition. I’m happy that I gave this a try but now I’m really looking forward to get into my own World RX car.”