VW Tied for First After First Round of World Rallycross Championship

PSRX and Volkswagen’s 2017 World Rallycross Championship got off to a good, if rocky start start in Barcelona this weekend with Petter solberg finishing fourth and Johan Kristoffersson finishing sixth.

Despite neither driver making it onto the podium on Sunday’s final race, the drivers combined to earn enough points to put team PSRX Volkswagen in a tie for the lead.

The race was eventually won by sitting world champion, and VAG stablemate Mattias Ekstrom in his Audi A1.

Both VWs were on the starting grid for the final race of the weekend, with Kristoffersson—last season’s runner up—starting from the pole. Unfortunately, a bad start meant that he would eventually finish the race in sixth.

Barcelona marks the start of the 2017 FIA World Rallycross Championship, a series that will visit 11 other tracks around the world.

With their strong performances on the weekend, the PSRX Volkswagen drivers are fourth and fifth in the drivers’ championship standings. Kristoffersson leads Solberg 21 points to 19. Ekstrom, meanwhile, managed a mighty 29 points over the course of the weekend.