Johan Kristoffersson wins the 2021 FIA World Rallycross Championship at the Nürburgring. On a thrilling Advent weekend, the decision was made in the very last race. In cold and snowy conditions, spectators followed the action on gravel and asphalt at the Müllenbachschleife. The race track operators were satisfied after the successful premiere.
"That was totally crazy - an incredible finale," said Johan Kristoffersson. In a breathtaking race shortly before, he won the 2021 World Championship just in front of his rival Timmy Hansen. After the heats and the two semifinals, the two were separated by just one point in the overall standings. Whoever comes out on top in the final will be the 2021 World Rallycross Champion. And the final rounds of the year really had it all. The two Swedes fought a bumper-to-bumper duel from start to finish - with the better end for the now four-time world champion Kristoffersson. He was correspondingly happy after crossing the finish line.
The operators of the Nürburgring also look back with satisfaction on the premiere weekend, when the new track was used for the first time by the world's best rallycross drivers. The approximately one-kilometer-long course of gravel and asphalt had been laid out with great effort. The rallycross drivers drove against the actual direction of travel of the Nürburgring. And on Saturday morning an additional challenge awaited: freshly fallen snow and changing weather conditions. WRC third-placed Niclas Grönholm even spoke of the craziest rallycross race of his career.
The appearance at the Nürburgring was also the end of an era in the World Rallycross Championship. Starting next year, the series will switch from combustion engines to pure electric racing vehicles. The fans also got a first impression of this at the Nürburgring. The legend among rally cars, the Lancia Delta Integrale, was presented in the E version for the 2022 season.
The rallycross finale also marked the end of the racing season at the Nürburgring. Now the Nordschleife and Grand Prix circuit will be prepared in the coming weeks. As early as March, fans can look forward to the sound of engines in the Green Hell again. Then with the start of the season of the Nürburgring Endurance Series (26.03.2022).