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201501 Dec

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Sweden’s Robin Larsson has won his first FIA World Rallycross Championship event after triumphing at this weekend’s Rallycross of Argentina.  Mattias Ekstrom finished Argentina RX in second place, while Norway’s Petter Solberg was crowned the 2015 World RX Champion after securing the third podium spot. 

 

Argentina marked the final round of this year’s World RX presented by Monster Energy and both Solberg and Team Peugeot-Hansen’s Timmy Hansen could have taken the 2015 World RX drivers’ title in South America.  With a 26 point-lead going into the event, however, Solberg had successfully gained enough points at the Intermediate Classification to be crowned the 2015 World Champion.

 

“It’s unbelievable to win another championship – and I want to thank my hard working team, who have travelled all round the world with me and share my passion for this fantastic sport,” grinned World RX Champion Solberg, who last week celebrated his 41st birthday. “It is not easy winning your second World RX title: nothing in rallycross is certain and I have been a bag of nerves today.  Rallycross is full of talented drivers and my team have fought so hard for this all year.  We have a lot of meetings coming up, and with some manufacturers, so we will see what happens.  What is most important is that I have a fantastic team and family that support me.  I will be back in 2016 for sure!”

 

Larsson’s win today makes him the eighth different driver to take a victory in this year’s World RX.  He also won the final Monster Energy Super Charge Award of 2015 after beating the others to the first corner of today’s final.

 

“I will remember this win my whole life – I can’t stop smiling,” said Larsson, whose father Lars is a two-time European Rallycross Champion.  “We have one of the smallest teams in the paddock and my guys work so hard – it means an incredible amount to take this win, especially at the end of the year.  The final was like driving on ice and Mattias [Ekstrom] was so close behind me, it was a great battle.  I’m sure there will be a big party tonight!”

 
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