- The Swedish driver wins the 2021 FIA World Rallycross Championship after a breathtaking finish at the legendary Nürburgring track in Germany.
- Belgian Guillaume de Rider becomes the first world champion in the electric rallycross history after confirming his dominance in the RX2e category.
Once again this year the FiA World Rallycross Championship season finale has been another epic chapters in motorsport history. Swedish Johan Kristoffersson has been once again the great winner of the world championship. A championship highlighted by the battle against Timmy Hansen and that has not been decided until the final held yesterday under spectacular snow conditions and with one of the motorsport cathedrals as a witness, the legendary Nürburgring circuit.
Dramatic tie between Kristoffersson and Hansen.
Nobody expected to see a tied season after it’s star at ting at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya last July, but reality overcomes fiction and if rallycross has proved something is that it is a kind of motorsport that offers excitement until the very last corner. Timmy Hansen, who arrived at the German circuit as leader with a 17-point lead over Kristoffersson, saw the crown slip away at the last second.
Leaving Lohéac at the beginning of September, Kristoffersson ate away from the championship, 28 points off the top of the standings after an eventful start to the championship. Disqualified from Q1 in Catalunya at the curtain-raiser due to a disconnected data logger and the victim of a double puncture at home in Höljes and transmission problems in France, despite subsequent wins in Latvia and Belgium, he traveled to Germany 17 points behind Timmy Hansen.
A third win of the season in Saturday’s opening round, allied to a disqualification for Hansen, reduced that deficit to just four points heading into Sunday’s all-important World RX return leg in Germany. Hansen described his effort as “all or nothing in an incredible race,” and Kristoffersson joked that his own performance had been “just a little bit better than Hansen’s” as he gave his compatriot the fastest time.
After the three Qualifiers Kristoffersson took the top qualifier and managed to wrest another point from Timmy Hansen to stay just 3 points behind, the excitement was on for the last semifinals of the season. Kristoffersson won his respective semi-final, but while Hansen set a better time overall, he was later penalized seven seconds for contact that caused Niclas Grönholm to make a half-turn. That reduced his lead to a single point before the final, and more significantly, meant that while Kristoffersson would start on pole position, Hansen would be at the back of the grid.
Grand Final, green lights and epic ending
Kevin, the youngest of the Hansen was the one who took the lead in the final, but his goal was not the victory, was to delay as much as possible to Kristoffersson to find a gap in which Timmy Hansen could steal the position and ensure a world championship that escaped him after each curve of the final, and it could not be for the Hansen. Final result: tie between the top two in the standings and fourth crown for a Johan Kristoffersson who is crowned one more year as undisputed king of rallycross.
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“What an incredible weekend, just crazy! We had a tough start to 2021, and since I came here 17 points back, only to finish on level points, it will take some time for it all to sink in, to be honest. To win the championship after starting with a new team and a new car this year is just fantastic. It means a lot. “What an incredible weekend, just crazy! We had a tough start to 2021, and since I came here 17 points back, to then finish on level points, it’s going to take some time for it all to sink in, to be honest. To win the championship after starting with a new team and a new car this year is just fantastic. It means a lot. Said a delighted Kristoffersson after the great final victory.
De Ridder is the electric rallycross king
Guillaume De Ridder became the first FIA RX2e electric rallycross champion at the Nürburgring today. Eight points clear of arch-rival Jesse Kallio, the Belgian dragged the Finn away from the start line and raced to his third win of the season, fending off late pressure from Kallio to cap a great performance this season. A first podium finish for Pablo Suarez secured the Spaniard third place in the overall points table.
Guillaume De Ridder, 2021 FIA RX2e FIA Champion, said: “I promised myself I wouldn’t cry, but the tension was so high that the tears were flowing. I had a lot of pressure on my shoulders this weekend; I had everything to lose, and Jesse was super fast throughout, as he has been all season. He’s been a fantastic competitor. It’s such an amazing feeling, I don’t think I’ve fully realized what we’ve accomplished this year.”
Possibly the only person with a bigger smile than De Ridder at the end of the weekend was Kristoffersson. Snow began to fall on the podium as he collected his trophy, but the Swede didn’t care: he had just been crowned four-time world champion.
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