ABOUT JOHAN KRISTOFFERSSON

Touring cars and rallycross or rallycross and touring cars. Which way around they come depends on which Mr K you’re talking to.

Johan’s father Tommy Kristoffersson hit the dirt first when he competed in the FIA European Rallycross Championship before heading for total black-top in the Swedish Touring Car Championship.

For Johan, it was the other way around. He honed his circuit race craft perfectly in a variety of race series, including STCC, Porsche Carrera Cup Scandinavia and Italy’s Superstars Series. Undoubtedly, the biggest year of Johan’s early career came in 2012, when he took all three of those titles (including all three Superstars’ categories: Italian, International and Rookie).

With circuits licked, it was time to cut to the loose and chase the sort of success his father enjoyed in RX.

Fortunately for Johan, his father had maintained the family motorsport team which had run his own campaigns, which is how Kristoffersson Jr came to drive a Volkswagen Scirocco at his home

round of the 2013 ERC.

A year on and a partial FIA World Rallycross Championship programme delivers instant success, when Johan puts his Volkswagen Dealer Team KMS Polo on the podium in Belgium. A full season follows in 2015 and starts in the best possible fashion with victory in the World RX opener in Portugal. A total of five podiums demonstrate there’s consistency to match his

pace and third in the championship is reward for both.

What’s better than third? The Swede’s solid silver 2016 second, that’s what.

And what’s better than second? The top step of the podium – the only one Kristoffersson hasn’t been found on at the end of the season. Can he put that right in 2017? That’s the plan for the second-generation racer from Arvika.