Johan Kristoffersson and Petter Solberg are new teammates in FIA World Rallycross Championship.
The Vice-Champion and 4th in the Championship from 2016 will work together in the PSRX Team, and will be supported by Volkswagen Sweden, and will participate with a Volkswagen Polo RX. While Kristofferson already has driven this Polo model in WorldRX for a bit more than two seasons, it will be a totally new experience for Solberg, who has been campaigning the Citroen DS3 and Citroen Xsara models.
It will be Solberg’s PSRX Team who will run the operation, though with technical support from Volkswagen Motorsport in Hannover, as stated in their press release.
Petter Solberg said: “This is the dream. With backing from Volkswagen Sweden and the top-notch Johan Kristoffersson as my team-mate, everything is possible. From the start, we are aiming at gold in the championship, this is my priority for 2017: I want to take this for my PSRX Team and for Volkswagen Sweden.”
“My team has worked so hard for so many years to be in the position to make this deal and now we’re here, it’s fantastic. It really is the dream for me. We have so much potential now, but we also have a lot of work to do – but what an incredible future we are working towards now. Everything in the world is possible and achievable now.”
Kristoffersson added: “I am incredibly proud to be part of this extremely exciting project with Petter and Volkswagen Sweden – it’s a dream come true in every way. Together we will do everything in our power to achieve success – I intend to grab this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity with both hands.”
Volkswagen Motorsport Director Sven Smeets summed it up: “We are very much looking forward to working together with Petter, Johan and Volkswagen Sweden in the FIA World Rallycross Championship. Petter’s team and Volkswagen Sweden will take care of the operation of the whole project. This strong co-operation provides everything needed to be successful.”
The WorldRX season starts on April 1st and 2nd in Barcelona.