VW Takes First and Second at Lydden Hill Rallycross
Petter Solberg was on sparkling form this weekend, taking his first win of the season at the historic Lydden Hill Circuit. The win was made even sweeter as teammate Johan Kristoffersson was on the second step to keep him company.
Solberg’s win is only the second for the team so far this year, following Kristoffersson’s victory last weekend in Belgium. Despite that, PSRX Volkswagen Sweden has a healthy lead in the team classifications, and as a result of this weekend’s strong performance, now have a driver on top of the drivers’ classifications too.
The VWs now flank last year’s champion, Matthias Ekström in his Audi A1, with Kristoffersson in first place and Solberg in third.
This weekend’s win was an important one for Solberg, who’s reputation for being hard on tires has dogged him this season, keeping out of first place so far. In Sunday’s English Rallycross final, though, Solberg showed his true pace, pulling away easily from everyone else in the race.
“It has been a while since the last time I stood on the very top step of the podium,” said Solberg. “It is an incredible feeling to have done it again. And to have Johan up there next to me is perfect. We had a fantastic weekend this time. Everything worked out exactly as we hoped.”
For Kristoffersson, meanwhile, it’s another example of his aptitude as a driver. Despite not winning this weekend’s race, the Swede scored admirably this weekend, as he has done all season. The result of his solid season is a four point lead over defending champion Ekström in the drivers’ standings.
The Lydden Hill Rallycross was also a bittersweet one for the sport, though. The UK track is considered by many to be the birthplace of rallycross, but last weekend’s was the last at the track, as next year the UK leg of the championship will be held at Silverstone.
To celebrate the occasion, rallycross organizers invited cars from every decade of the sport’s existing, including the Porsche 911 that won the first ever event on February 4, 1967.
Result Lydden Hill:
1 Petter Solberg, 4m 09.602s
2 Johan Kristoffersson, 4m 11.292s
3 Andreas Bakkerud, 4m 12.919s
4 Sébastien Loeb, 4m 16.332s
5 Mattias Ekström, 4m 23.758s
6 Timmy Hansen, 5m 07.622s
1 Kristoffersson, 124 points
2 Ekström, 120 points
3 Solberg, 117 points
4 Hansen, 91 points
5 Loeb, 81 points
6 Bakkerud, 73 points
1 PSRX Volkswagen Schweden, 241 points
2 Team Peugeot-Hansen, 172 points
3 EKS, 166 points
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