Seven days in rallycross, August 7

by Tim Whittington |

In a generally quiet week for rallycross, Volkswagen Dealer Team KMS ventured in new territory in Sweden by contesting the national hillclimb championship at Bydalsfjallen, where lead driver Johan Kristoffersson won the Supercar class championship to add another to his and the team’s impressively well-stocked trophy cabinet.
The event was the first round of the Swedish Hillclimb Championship and also formed the single-event Supercar championship. Kristoffersson was fastest in all ascents and dominated the event in his first hillclimb.
“It feels good. I have never competed in the hill before, but it was really fun. The goal was gold and I would have been disappointed if I had not managed to do it, but it’s also here with Hillclimb completely new to me and we only got one practice run before the race,” said Kristoffersson who contested the event alongside team mate Ole Christian Veiby in their usual VW Polo rallycross Supercars.
“Both Johan and Ole Christian improved their times throughout the weekend without taking any unnecessary risks. Hillclimbs are a bit special with the long wait between the competition runs, and once in place in the car, you get an incredible adrenaline rush. In these conditions it is important to both perform and deliver, and it succeeded both with in an impressive way,” said team boss Tommy Kristoffersson.
Drivers and teams in the seventh round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship gathered in Trois-Rivieres in Canada for the first FIA event outside of europe. Albatec Racing’s Peugeot 208s appeared in new yellow livery in deference to new sponsor St-Hubert. The event which joins the Grand Prix Trois-Rivieres as a new high profile component to the long-established street event which expanded to four days to feature the rallycross.
Ahead of race day, the teams took part in media activities including a well-attended town-centre autograph session in Trois-Rivieres to which the racecars were driven on the streets of the town.




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