Johan Kristoﬀersson overcame contact with PSRX Volkswagen team-mate Petter Solberg in the semi-ﬁnal stages of the first ever Silverstone World Rallycross event to claim victory.
The Volkswagen pair started side-by-side in semi-ﬁnal one but on the entry to the ﬁrst corner, Kristoﬀersson’s Polo made contact with the left-right wheel of Solberg’s sister car, throwing the reigning champion’s machine into the air and then the tyre barrier on the inside.
The incident moved the tyre wall onto the new Silverstone Rallycross circuit which forced the race to be stopped, Kristoﬀersson able to re-take his grid position for the restart.
The Swede subsequently led the race throughout to secure pole position for the ﬁnal, as Solberg retired with technical problems on lap two.
The drama wasn’t over for Kristoﬀersson after the semi-ﬁnal ﬁnish, his Polo stopped after the line and had to be recovered to the Silverstone paddock.
He did make it to the ﬁnal grid, from where he repeated his semi-ﬁnal performance by leading throughout to score his third victory of the season and extend his points lead over Sebastien Loeb, who was third in the British round.
At the start of the ﬁnal, Kristoﬀersson covered the inside line into Turn 1, as fellow front-row starter Loeb made a slow getaway and dropped to sixth by the ﬁrst corner.
EKS Audi pair Mattias Ekstrom and Andreas Bakkerud shared the second row of the grid but it was Bakkerud who moved to second in the opening corners, around the outside of his teammate. Loeb immediately re-passed Kevin Hansen for ﬁfth.
The Audi pair hassled Kristoﬀersson for the opening half of the race, as Loeb ducked out of the traﬃc on lap three by taking his joker.
Ekstrom responded by taking his extra route on the next tour and initially held track position ahead of Loeb, the Frenchman then diving up the inside into Turn 1 to take track position and maintain his 100% podium record in 2018.
Both Bakkerud and Kristoﬀersson subsequently took their joker laps in the closing stages of the race and held track position.
Niclas Gronholm produced another solid performance to make the ﬁnal for the second time in 2018.
He was the top non-works-backed driver in GRX’s Hyundai i20 in ﬁfth, while Kevin Hansen was slowed with mechanical problems on the ﬁnal lap.