Kristoffersson’s weird WTCR weekend
Johan Kristoffersson experienced the high of his maiden victory in WTCR / OSCARO and the low of a heavy crash when he took on the Nürburgring Nordschleife last weekend.
A double FIA World Rallycrosss Championship winner, Kristoffersson was unbeatable in Race 2 from the reverse-grid DHL Pole Position. But hopes of more success came to an abrupt halt when his SLR Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR hit the barriers at high speed in the final race of the Germany weekend, as the Swede avoided an incident between Nicky Catsburg and Yvan Muller.
“I had a very good take off from the launch and from there I was in wrong place at the wrong time after the start, so I was dead last,” Kristoffersson said of his first corner collision with fellow Sébastien Loeb Racing driver Mehdi Bennani. “From there on I had a good race, picking up lots of positions and was enjoying the first lap pushing. Then on the second lap after Bergwerk there was a lot of dust and I couldn’t really see, and I ended up on the grass at very high speed. From there I was just a passenger and went into the Armco. But I’m fine, but I’m not so sure about the car.”
Of his Race 2 success, which came eight years after his last Nordschleife appearance in 2011, Kristoffersson said: “I had a good car throughout the whole race, I could push really hard in the first two laps and the car was working fantastic. It was a bit tricky the first few corners, but from there on I could drive my own race and I was pushing as much as I could the first two laps.”
Kristoffersson also earned the TAG Heuer Best Lap Trophy for his Race 2 performance.