Despite earning its most points so far this season, this weekend’s Belgian rallycross event was only a qualified success for Volkswagen RX Sweden. Although, the team managed to get both of its FIA Rallycross Championship VW Polo RXs into the final race of the season’s third round, neither car achieved its full potential.


It was a strong showing for young buck, Anton Marklund, who had good pace this weekend and made it into the same semi-final race as his teammate, Johan Kristoffersson.

There, Kristoffersson earned a pretty easy second place in the semi, which got him into the finals. Marklund, meanwhile, got into drag race down the final straight to finish in third, and get himself into his first final of the season.

It was in the final that Marklund gave his best performance of  the season, launching off the start and going wide around the first corner to get into second place from back row. Once there he showed great pace, keeping up with the race leader and eventual winner Mattias Ekstrom. Unfortunately, excitement got the better of him and on the second lap he carried too much speed into a chicane and came out of it in second last place.

Meanwhile, Kristoffersson was limping around the track in last place, having broken his car off the start. The bad luck continues for Kristoffersson, who for the third round in row drove well all weekend only to be let down by a broken car late on Sunday.

Marklund, undaunted by his mistake, raced hard and worked his way back into a healthy fourth place, his best result of the season.

Despite not realizing its full potential, this is still Team Volkswagen RX Sweden’s best round so far, with both drivers getting points in the final race. Following the action in Belgium, the team is in second place with 83 points, leading third place by 6 pts. Unfortunately, they now trail race-winner Mattias Ekstrom’s Team EKS (racing Audis) by 41 points.

As for the drivers, Kristoffersson is still in third place this season, while Marklund jumps ahead to 11 th place. The teams are now headed to England where they’ll be joined by Tanner Foust for the fourth round of the championship at Lydden Hill Race Circuit.