WRX Holjes: Kristoffersson dominates start of home round

Reigning World Rallycross champion Johan Kristoffersson continued his dominant run at his home round by topping the order on day one at the Holjes circuit

WRX Holjes: Kristoffersson dominates start of home round

Swede Kristoffersson set the fastest time in both of Saturday's qualifiers to head the field.

He took the lead of his Q1 race from the middle starting position, the reigning champion edging left on the run to Turn 1, making himself space to ensure track position at corner entry.

His PSRX Volkswagen team-mate Petter Solberg had also led his Q1 race but had a half spin entering the chicane in the joker lap section and lost track position to Sebastien Loeb, Andreas Bakkerud and Mattias Ekstrom.

In Q2, Solberg edged former European champion Timur Timerzyanov into the first corner and pushed hard to set the fastest time.

But it wasn't enough to beat Kristoffersson, who bettered Solberg's effort in the last race by over three tenths of a second to top the order, despite admitting to not feeling totally comfortable in the Volkswagen Motorsport-built Polo.

Racing in the same races in both Q1 and Q2, EKS Audi pair Bakkerud and Ekstrom took their joker laps together at the first opportunity in both encounters, the S1 pilots second and fourth in Q1 then fourth and fifth in Q2.

Third was Peugeot driver Timmy Hansen, the Swede was twice third fastest in the French marque's new 208 WRX.

Sebastien Loeb couldn't match his younger team-mate's pace, fifth and seventh in the opening races of the weekend he lies sixth at the conclusion of Saturday, just ahead of Timerzyanov.

The Russian was top privateer in both Q1 and Q2, driving Marcus Gronholm's GRX team's Hyundai i20 and is seventh ahead of the second day.

The first day of two-time DTM champion Timo Scheider's return to World RX didn't go well for the German, twice entering the Holjes sand traps.

In Q1 he was pushed into the Turn 1 run-off by Guerlain Chicherit before his Munnich Motorsport Seat Ibiza ended its day in the sand trap before the circuit's jump, with what appeared to be broken steering.

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