San Luis World Rallycross: Petter Solberg dominates 2014 finale

World Rallycross champion Petter Solberg finished his title winning season in style by dominating the final round at San Luis in Argentina

San Luis World Rallycross: Petter Solberg dominates 2014 finale

The Norwegian was on top at the Intermediate Classification, then won his semi-final and started on pole position for the final.

Reinis Nitiss joined Solberg on the front row, with the pair running side-by-side towards Turn 1.

They were challenged by second-row starter Toomas Heikkinen, who made a mega getaway and tried a move around the outside but wasn't able to pull it off. He then immediately took his joker.

Solberg and Nitiss waited until the final lap to take their jokers, with Solberg exiting in the lead and securing his fifth win of 2014, while Nitiss had a relatively quiet run to second.

"It's been a fantastic year," said Solberg, who won on three of the four continents visited by the series in 2014.

"Probably the biggest development we had on the car all year has been before this race, and to win the last race of the season is very important for me and all of the mechanics. It's a fantastic feeling."

Third place was harder-fought. After Heikkinen's early joker, Andreas Bakkerud was chased by debutant Kevin Eriksson and Peugeot driver Timmy Hansen.

Hansen was next to take his joker on lap two, returning to the main circuit behind Heikkinen, while Bakkerud took to the extra route on lap three but lost time.

Eriksson rose to third and waited until the last lap for his joker. Heikkinen passed him into the penultimate corner only to spin, handing the position back to the RX Lites champion and giving him a podium on his Supercar debut.

Hansen finished fourth, Heikkinen recovered to finish fifth with Bakkerud crossing the line sixth, his Ford Fiesta slowing in the closing stages.

Nitiss's podium finish and a strong points haul for Bakkerud through the event was enough to give Olsbergs the teams' championship, ahead of factory Volkswagen outfit Marklund.

Former World Rally Championship driver Manfred Stohl had a strong event in the second PSRX Citroen DS3, but crashed out of his semi-final.

Albatec Racing had its strongest weekend of the season, with both Andy Scott and Jacques Villeneuve's replacement Ollie O'Donovan making the semi-finals.

Returning British driver Liam Doran had a torrid weekend and failed to make the semis, with LD team-mate Henning Solberg also eliminated early.

FINAL RESULT - 4 LAPS:

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Petter Solberg PS 110% AB Citroen 50.290s
2 Reinis Nitiss Olsbergs MSE AB Ford 1.190s
3 Kevin Eriksson Olsbergs MSE AB Ford 3.868s
4 Timmy Hansen Team Peugeot-Hansen Peugeot 4.124s
5 Toomas Heikkinen Marklund Motorsport Volkswagen 7.362s
6 Andreas Bakkerud Olsbergs MSE AB Ford 2.397s
7 Anton Marklund Marklund Motorsport Volkswagen 4 Laps
8 Timur Timerzyanov Team Peugeot-Hansen Peugeot 4 Laps
9 Andy Scott Albatec Racing LTD Peugeot 4 Laps
10 Manfred Stohl PSRX Citroen 4 Laps
11 Miguel Angel Baldoni Skoda 4 Laps
12 Ollie O'Donovan Albatec Racing Peugeot 4 Laps
13 Derek Tohill LD Motorsports Citroen 4 Laps
14 Jos Jansen Ford 4 Laps
15 Henning Solberg LD Motorsports Citroen 4 Laps
16 Bohdan Ludwiczak Ford 4 Laps
17 Liam Doran Monster Energy World RX Team Citroen 4 Laps

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