Norway’s Andreas Bakkerud became the sixth different winner in the 2015 FIA World Rallycross Championship after triumphing at the World RX of Italy. Volkswagen Team Sweden’s Johan Kristoffersson finished as runner-up, with points-leader Petter Solberg third. Meanwhile, Team Peugeot-Hansen was crowned the 2015 Teams’ Champion with one round remaining – the Swedish squad has amassed a 63-point lead over Ford Olsbergs MSE.
Italy RX Supercar winner Andreas Bakkerud commented: “It is such a big relief to win today – and it means so much to take a victory in front of all of my fans who have come along to support me this weekend.”
Bakkerud, who drives for Ford Olsbergs MSE, was also awarded the Monster Energy Super Charge Award for his rapid start off the line in today’s final. He added: “Last week I finished first in the RX150 buggies at Croft at the British RX Championship and now I take a win in Italy, I could definitely get used to being on the podium. The rain has made today’s conditions really hard but I kept pushing, and tried to keep it as clean as possible. We had some unfortunate results over the summer but the team never gave up – they have worked so hard. I want to thank all my fans that are here this weekend and a big thanks to Ford Olsbergs MSE – without them this wouldn’t have been possible.”
Round one winner Kristoffersson spoke of his desire to take a win at the final round in Argentina next month. “I’m really pleased with second, but for sure, I would have liked to have won today. I’ve been on the podium for the last three events – the car has been working fantastic so hopefully we can continue our recent run of form for the final round next month,” explained the Swede.
Meanwhile, Solberg is one step closer to securing his second World RX Championship title following his performance in Italy. The Norwegian was able to capitalize on Timmy Hansen’s retirement in the semi-finals to secure crucial championship points. He now leads Hansen by 26 points going into the final round (a total of 30 driver points are available in Argentina).
EKS driver Anton Marklund finished fourth in Italy, the Swede securing his best result of 2015 in his Audi S1 EKS RX quattro. Rounding out the top five was an impressive drive from Manfred Stohl who made an extraordinary comeback following a roll on the first day. It also marked the first time both Stohl and World RX Team Austria have been in an RX final. Russia’s Timur Timerzyanov was sixth overall, the Ford Olsbergs MSE driver knocked out of podium contention after he lost time from a rear-left puncture.
The final round of the 2015 FIA World Rallycross Championship will take place in the all-new location of Rosario in Argentina from the 27th to the 29th of November.