Norway’s star driver Petter Solberg won the World RX of France this weekend during round eight of the FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy. The race event was attended by more than 70,000 fans at Loheac in north-west Brittany to watch 79 drivers battle out for the win. Monster Energy had brought out its whole crew; Ken Block who was taking part in the race and pro drifter Vaughn Gittin Jr in his Mustang for show purposes.
Solberg made this his third win of the season and he sits atop the standings but what impresses most is the fact that if he wins the championship, he will be the first double winner to win two FIA championships. Solberg is a former WRC champion. Second place in the Supercar category went to rookie from Ford Olsbergs MSE, Reinis Nitiss while Team Peugeot-Hansen’s Timmy Hansen finished third.
Ken Block who had hundreds of Hoonigan fans out to support him finished in fourth ahead of the Audi S1 of Team EKS RX driver Pontus Tidemand. Timur Timerzyanov who retired during the race finished with enough points in sixth to give Peugeot a push in the standings. A total of 18 French Supercar drivers also took part in this event, with notable names like reigning French Rallycross Champion Jerome Grosset-Janin.
Frenchman Steven Bossard took the win in the Super1600 FIA European Rallycross Championship category which had 33 cars in total. Russia’s Nikita Misyulya finished second while France’s Andrea Dubourg gave the country a double podium in the event. Elsewhere, Norway’s David Nordgaard driving a Ford Fiesta won in the TouringCar category ahead of Daniel Lundh and Anders Braten.
Round nine of the FIA World Rallycross Championship will head over to Germany at Estering on September 20.