Browne engineers his way to World Rallycross title

Germany-based motorsport engineer, Firies man, Richard Browne is celebrating winning the FIA World Rallycross title with his driver Johan Kristoffersson. 

Browne is an engineer with Volkswagen Motorsport in Germany and is the lead engineer on Kristoffersson’s Volkswagen Polo.  

The Volkswagen crew were declared champions after the final round of the series, the World RX of Germany at the Nurburgring, was called off.

The December 12 and13 event was the second event to be cancelled.

Last month’s Spa World Rallycross of Benelux had previously been cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions in Belgium and with the situation still unstable in neighbouring Germany the event there met the same fate.  

After the eight races that did go ahead. Kristoffersson held a 27-point advantage over title rival Mattias Ekström.  

The 2017 and 18 World Champion won half of the rounds that ran.  

Following Belgium’s cancellation, Germany was upgraded to a double-points scoring event, and even with 60 points available Kristoffersson was odds-on to secure a record-breaking third title.  

“We are delighted. Completely different year than in 2018 with the doubleheaders, a smaller team with limitations on team personal and one car instead of two. But in the end, there is no doubt who was the fastest man this year,” said Browne.  

The final race of the shortened season was the Barcelona double-header meeting in October.

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