Browne back on Rallycross duties after long lay off
By Sean Moriarty
The FIA World Rallycross Championship gets underway this weekend at the Holjes circuit in Sweden.
The two-day event marks the return of Firies motorsport engineer Richard Browne who is in charge of Johan Kristoffersson’s attempt to win a third world ralycross title.
Kristoffersson’s last World RX appearance was in the final round of his record-breaking 2018 season, when he won 11 of the 12 rounds to take his second title. After a year racing in circuit racing and rallying the Swedish ace has returned to rallycross for 2020, and already raced in three events.
Driving in the first three rounds of the RallyX Nordic series with the Kristoffersson Motorsport Volkswagen Polo Kristoffersson took two wins, one of them at Holjes.
He will switch to the factory built Polo GTI for the World Championship, also run by Kristoffersson Motorsport, as an individual entrant under Volkswagen Dealerteam BAUHAUS.
Browne is an engineer with Volkswagen Motorsport in Hanover in Germany and is in Sweden to oversee Kristoffersson’s efforts.
Speaking ahead of this weekend’s double header Kristoffersson said: “I aim for a third gold medal, we have what it takes to fight for the title. It’s a big difference compared to when I drove for PSRX Volkswagen Sweden [2017-2018] and we can’t compensate for everything, but we will do everything we can to perform on our highest level. I only needed a couple of laps to find the right feeling again when we tested at Strangnas in Sweden last week. Racing in the Nordic races has been very important to build up to World RX. My driving was much better in the second weekend, in Arvika, than in Holjes and doing those races also helped me perform better in Strangnas. The upcoming season is of course very special, with Coronavirus tests, face masks and no fans allowed at the events, but with doing two races a weekend, you have to be on your toes already from the start,”
Races on Saturday and Sunday each count as round one and two of the championship – CET is one hour ahead of Ireland so subtract one hour from above timings