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Sport Riga World Rallycross: Kristoffersson flawless for victory in Latvian opener

18:40  19 september  2020
18:40  19 september  2020 Source:   autosport.com

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Kristoffersson flawless for victory in Latvian opener World Rallycross championship leader Johan Kristoffersson played a perfect tyre strategy in the first instalment of the series' Latvian double-header to cruise to his third win of the campaign 1600527038 WRX.

World RX of Riga - Latvia , round six of the FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Like Ekstrom and Larsson, the Kristoffersson Motorsport team worked hard on the tyre strategy to have He beat Latvia ’s Janis Baumanis (Ford Fiesta ERX) to victory in the final after trading times with the

a train on a track with smoke coming out of a car: Kristoffersson flawless for victory in Latvian opener © LAT Images Kristoffersson flawless for victory in Latvian opener

World Rallycross championship leader Johan Kristoffersson played a perfect tyre strategy in the first instalment of the series' Latvian double-header to cruise to his third win of the campaign.

Having opened the day with the first fastest time in the qualifiers, Kristoffersson was beaten to top of the order in the Intermediate Classification by Niclas Gronholm, but come the semi-finals and final, Kristoffersson unleashed three and then two new tyres onto his Volkswagen Motorsport-built, Kristoffersson Motorsport-prepared VW Polo to dominate both races and claim his third win from five, and extend his points advantage.

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Johan Kristoffersson moved one step closer to claiming his first world title by qualifying top in the Intermediate Classification for the World Rallycross Championship in Latvia . The Swede claimed victory despite a huge sideways moment in Turn 3 when he dropped the left-rear wheel onto a kerb

The time schedule for rounds 5 and 6 of the 2020 FIA World Rallycross Championship ( World RX), round 2 of the 2020 FIA European Rallycross Championship (Euro RX) and the 2020 Projekt E Series at Riga (Biķernieki Sport Complex) in Latvia on September 19-20 is available now.

Such was Kristoffersson's margin that he pulled an almost two-second gap over Robin Larsson on the opening lap of the second semi-final, and with Gronholm beaten to victory in the first semi by Mattias Ekstrom, it was Kristoffersson who took pole for the final.

In the main event, Kristoffersson made the best start, while Ekstrom moved to the inside of the Bikernieki circuit, on the outskirts of Riga, to defend his position from a fast-starting Gronholm.

Ekstrom's KYB Team JC team-mate Robin Larsson meanwhile made a move around the outside of the tight left-hand turn one, but into the even tighter Turn 2 right-hander just a few metres later, Larsson clipped the rear of Kristoffersson's Polo, then in the scrum was spun around the front of 2016 champion Ekstrom's Audi.

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Swede Johan Kristoffersson began his first full campaign in the World Rallycross Championship with victory at the opening round in Portugal. Kristoffersson made a strong start in torrentially wet conditions and dove directly into the joker lap section, while Solberg led Peugeot driver Timmy

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Facing the wrong way, Larsson's Audi S1 was hit by Gronholm's Hyundai i20, while Timmy Hansen also lost time.

a person holding a sign: Kristoffersson flawless for victory in Latvian opener © LAT Images Kristoffersson flawless for victory in Latvian opener

Kevin Hansen in the sister Team Hansen Peugeot 208 meanwhile climbed to second behind Kristoffersson, having started sixth on the grid. The younger Hansen brother took his joker on lap two to cover off Gronholm, who had used the compulsory extra-route on the first tour, and maintained track position.

As the Swede fended off pressure from Gronholm, the Finn later spinning after the circuit's biggest jump on the fifth tour, Ekstrom took his joker on lap four, and returned to the main circuit in third.

Out front, Kristoffersson, using a pair of new front tyres, had pulled out a 1.4 second lead on the opening tour, took his joker on lap five and sailed to victory.

Timmy Hansen, who had not only lost time at the start of the final but also at the start of his semi-final when he and Andreas Bakkerud ended up in the loose gravel on the outside of Turn 2, jokered on lap six and beat his younger brother Kevin at the joker merge for the final podium place, behind Ekstrom.

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Nine-time World Rally champion Sebastien Loeb claimed his first World Rallycross victory by winning the final in Latvia . The Peugeot driver led home home Bakkerud finished fourth, with fifth place for Kristoffersson moving him to second in the points table ahead of Petter Solberg. The two-time World

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