SOLBERG BECOMES FIRST DOUBLE WINNER IN WORLD RX
iON Camera Athlete – Petter Solberg took a sensational lights-to-flag victory in the World RX of Canada to become the first double winner in RX this year.
Volkswagen Marklund Motorsport’s Anton Marklund and Team Peugeot-Hansen’s Timur Timerzyanov finished second and third respectively, both drivers securing podium spots for the first time this season.
Staged at the Trois Rivieres street circuit as part of the annual Grand Prix Trois-Rivieres (GP3R) motorsport festival, the seventh round of World RX attracted crowds of more than 30,000 people to watch 18 flame-spitting Supercars and nine RX Lites cars in the Intercontinental Cup. Three Canadian stars also helped draw a passionate home crowd as F1 World Champion Jacques Villeneuve, former IndyCar star Patrick Carpentier and multiple Canadian Rally Champion Antoine L’Estage took to the all-new RX circuit.
Villeneuve was denied a place in the semi-finals after a fuel tank issue meant he was forced to withdraw but Carpentier wowed the crowds on his World RX debut, reaching the final and eventually finishing sixth.
“I am so, so happy right now but it hasn’t been the easiest day,”
Admitted Solberg who has extended his lead at the top of the standings by 20 points thanks to three heat victories, plus a win in both the semi and the final. The former WRC World Champion, who was also awarded the Monster Energy Super Charge Award, added:
“The morning didn’t start so well – we had similar problems to Belgium but the mechanics worked really hard on the car and I want to credit this win to my team. I wouldn’t be here without them – they work harder than anyone. It’s always been my dream to become the first person to win two World Championships and now that dream is getting closer but there are still five races to go and this sport is tough. I’d also like to thank the Canadian organisers – it’s fantastic to come to a new event, they have done a great job.”
Round eight of the FIA World Rallycross Championship will return to European soil as the World RX crews prepare for the hugely popular French RX event which will be staged in Loheac from 6-7 September.
For the full breakdown of results from Canada, please visit www.rallycrossrx.com/results
DRIVER POINTS AFTER ROUND 7, WORLD RX OF CANADA
1. Petter Solberg, 155 points
2. Topi Heikkinen, 135 points
3. Reinis Nitiss, 133 points
4. Andreas Bakkerud, 113 points
5. Anton Marklund, 111 points
TEAM POINTS AFTER ROUND 7, WORLD RX OF CANADA
1. Volkswagen Marklund, 246 points
1= Ford Olsbergs MSE, 246 points
3. Team Peugeot-Hansen, 185 points
4. PSRX, 147 points
5. Monster Energy World RX Team, 83 points
6. Albatec Racing, 25 points