Volkswagen Adds Double Champion to RX Team

Although Volkswagen dominates rallycross racing in the US, it’s been a little less successful in Europe’s FIA World Rallycross Championship. This year, though, VW’s getting serious about the sport with the addition of former WRC and WRX champ, Petter Solberg.

More than just driving for the team, though, Solberg’s team PSRX will run the cars throughout the year. The relationship between teams is a little complicated, but basically it goes like this: the team will be called Volkswagen Sweden—the same banner under which it ran this year—the two Polo RXs will be run by PSRX, and they’ll get technical help from Volkswagen Motorsport, who developed the 560 hp cars.

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“My team has worked so hard for so many years to be in the position to make this deal and now we’re here, it’s fantastic,” says Solberg. “It really is the dream for me. We have so much potential, but we also have a lot of work to do – but what an incredible future we are working towards now. Everything in the world is possible and achievable.”

Solberg will be joined on the grid by teammate Johan Kristoffersson, who raced for VW Sweden in 2016. While Solberg has more championships to his name, it was Kristoffersson who actually preformed better this season, earning himself second place through hard work and consistency.

“I am incredibly proud to be part of this extremely exciting project with Petter and Volkswagen Sweden – it’s a dream come true in every way,” says Kristoffersson. “Together we will do everything in our power to achieve success, and I intend to grab this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity with both hands.”

The teammates will look to take down reigning champion, and famed Audi driver, Mattias Ekstrom this season. The tires will hit the pavement (then the gravel, then the air briefly) for the first time on March 31 in Barcelona.