Johan Kristoffersson had a good feeling all through the weekend at the third round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship at Mettet in Belgium. He fought every meter of the way, but a technical problem in the final gave him a sixth place. Still he climbed up to third place in the drivers’ championship.
Johan Kristoffersson once again proved winning pace from the Volkswagen Polo RX Supercar by setting fastest time in both Saturday morning Free Practice sessions and moved up to third in the drivers’ championship standings. He enjoyed competing on the Mettet circuit in Belgium and was fourth after the qualifying heats, but wasn’t able to capitalise from third position on the grid in the final due to a technical issue.
“I had a pretty good feeling through the whole weekend. I like the track here and I know the car suits it well. I came here with good confidence, we had the speed to win both of the first two events and I knew we would have the pace here,” said Johan. “Me and my teammate Anton finished side-by-side in Q1 but after that in every race I started in P3 or worse. The start position here is so crucial; if you get stuck in the dust, there are too many fast guys to make up the one or two positions to score the big points in the qualifying races. It’s just so competitive now. I was driving within myself and we used new tyres for the semi-final and things were looking pretty good. It feels like we still have a big headwind but the team is really great and we know we have the speed, so that is very positive.”
The fourth round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship takes place at Lydden Hill, Great Britain (May 27 – 29).