Johan Kristoffersson (PSRX Volkswagen Sweden) has won the 2018 Gumtree World RX of South Africa, his 11th win this season.
A day late but absolutely not a dollar short. While Johan Kristoffersson’s title winning Volkswagen Polo R Supercar missed Friday scrutineering because of a hold-up during shipping, when the Swede eventually did get behind the wheel he crushed the competition in true record breaking style.
Continuing the form that has seen the 29 year old ace take two consecutive World RX Drivers’ Championship titles, and win every race this year except for one (round three in Belgium); Kristoffersson romped to victory at ever wheel turn at the 2018 World RX of South Africa. In all, Johan was one win short of a perfect score weekend – netting three qualifying race victories – ranking him as top qualifier overall – followed by a semi final and final victory at the Killarney Raceway in Cape Town.
“What can I say? Winning is what we are here for,” Johan told us. “This win really means a lot – and I know I said that every time I won a race, but it’s really true! When you come to the last race of the season, it’s really important to go to the winter with a win. We all know you’re only as good as your last result, so to start round one in 2019 off the back of this is nice.
“This team is so special. Everything I have achieved this year has come because of the hard work all of the guys, everybody has put in – all the team in Torsby; everybody in Volkswagen Motorsport in Hannover and, of course, with the great support from Volkswagen Sweden. Talking now, I actually feel really quite emotional – the title has sunk in a little bit and this win is such a nice way to end a fantastic, fantastic season.
“Winning 11 from 12 is really nice – makes me a little bit frustrated about [World RX of] Belgium where [Sébastien] Loeb won – but that 100 per cent record gives us something to work towards next year! I’m just joking… But to make nine wins in nine races is also something special for me; I remember watching Sebastian Vettel winning the last nine races of the 2013 [Formula 1] season and just thinking how incredible that feeling must be, to have so much success in one season. And now I did that. Unbelievable. I will never forget this season, it’s such a special one.”
“It was quite a long shot for me to make the silver medal this weekend and in the end it wasn’t possible,” said Solberg. “That’s kind of the way the season has gone for me. I’m really happy that I’ve been able to show such good speed through this weekend. It’s true that the start of the event was a little bit difficult, not having the cars here on time made it quite stressful, but Pernilla and the rest of the team did a fantastic job in getting everything ready in such a quick time.
“It was a bit like a rally from the old days, we had to make everything ready in really quick time – and we have good experience and a lot of success in rallying to help us through this situation. I really wanted the win here this weekend. Like Johan says, to go to the winter with the win is a special feeling. Like the rest of my season, it just didn’t work out as I wanted it to. But, I must say, when I think back to the middle of the year, when I was struggling to get fit – I am coming back so much stronger now. I want next year to start next week!”
The wheel to wheel action in South Africa isn’t over for Johan and Petter yet. The PSRX Volkswagen Team Sweden duo are gearing up for a full throttle attack on the 2018 Gymkhana GRiD Finals, set to go live next weekend in Johannesburg.
Check out the final below: