Rallycross world champion Kristoffersson to compete in the Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR in WTCR 2019
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– Two-time rallycross world champion Johan Kristoffersson (S) switching fields
– Volkswagen and Sébastien Loeb Racing will be competing with four Golf GTI TCR
– Rob Huff (GB) and Mehdi Bennani (MA) also confirmed as 2019 drivers
Volkswagen is extending its partnership with the Sébastien Loeb Racing team into 2019. A new addition to the team is two-time rallycross world champion Johan Kristoffersson.
The 30-year-old Swede is moving within the Volkswagen family from the Polo R Supercar to the Golf GTI TCR and will compete in the WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup for the first time in 2019. Kristoffersson does, however, have some previous experience with race touring cars made in Wolfsburg, having recently won the drivers’ title in the TCR Scandinavia in a Golf GTI TCR.
The SLR team will be competing in four Volkswagen works-supported cars next year, with Kristoffersson joining his new teammates Rob Huff (GB) and Mehdi Bennani (MA), both of whom have already been confirmed as being in the 2019 team. The name of the fourth driver will be made known at a later date.
‘The World Touring Car Cup is an excellent platform for the Golf GTI to show off its sporty performance to a global fan base,’ emphasises Volkswagen Motorsport Director Sven Smeets.
In addition, the competition is stiff, and this is reason enough for Volkswagen to up its involvement. I’m delighted that we will have Rob Huff and Mehdi Bennani on board once again next year in the GTI. Together with our rallycross champion Johan Kristoffersson, this makes for a very strong line-up of drivers for us in 2019.’
World champion facing a new challenge: Kristoffersson in the WTCR
Eleven wins in twelve races, nine of which were consecutive wins – Johan Kristoffersson (S) set new benchmarks in the 2018 FIA World Rallycross Championship (WRX) season. In 2012 and 2018 the Swede clinched the drivers’ titles in the STCC series with Volkswagen. With his switch to the WTCR, Kristoffersson will now tackle a new competition.
‘I’m very much looking forward to the WTCR,’ says Kristoffersson. ‘After four years of rallycross, 2019 will be my first full touring car season on the international stage since 2013. Most of the circuits are entirely new territory for me and therefore represent a huge challenge. I’m also looking forward to working with my new teammates, especially touring car world champion Rob Huff. What’s more, Sébastien Loeb Racing is an experienced team and I’m delighted to be moving within the Volkswagen family.’