Sunday 4th of September 2016

Sweden’s Johan Kristoffersson dominated Q3 and Q4 at the eighth round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship at Loheac in France with a pair of fastest times, in challenging conditions.

The performance has lifted Kristoffersson to second in the Intermediate Classification, meaning he will start on pole position for semi-final two, with top qualifier Mattias Ekstrom continuing his day one form to finish top at the Intermediate Classification and as a result will start on pole position for semi-final one. “The track was drying in Q4, the conditions are perfect for me if it stays like this. My mechanics told me the time was close with Petter so I was pushing like crazy on the last lap,” said Kristoffersson. “We really needed this so I’m very happy. We used new tyres for this run, and I’m really looking forward to the semi-finals.”

Hoonignan Racing Division’s Andreas Bakkerud and Ken Block will both start on the front row of the two semi-finals, while former World Rally Champions Petter Solberg and Sebatstien Loeb will line up on the second row of semi-final’s one and two respectively. Loeb lost the lead of his Q3 race following two small mistakes, while Solberg jumped the start in Q4 and had to produce a demon drive to win his race and be second fastest and sixth overall.

Timmy Hansen, Robin Larsson, and Reinis Nitiss will also start in semi-final one, with Davy Jeanney, Kevin Hansen and Andy Scott making it four Peugeot 208s in semi-final two. Scott’s team mate and reigning European Rallycross Champion Tommy Rustad qualified in 13th overall and will be first reserve should any of the top 12 not make it out for the semi-finals. 

See full results here.


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