Having come to blows with Finn Niclas Gronholm on the first nook of the ultimate in spherical 4 of the sequence 24 hours earlier and spun out of rivalry, the Swede needed to give second-best to Gronholm within the general qualifying order.
Each drivers received their semi-finals to lock out the entrance row of the ultimate, however this time round Kristoffersson, beginning on the skin, not solely survived flip one but in addition made the higher launch and ran across the outdoors of the Finn, sideways in his EKS JC Audi to assert the race lead.
Chased by Gronholm, a returning Mattias Ekstrom and factors’ chief Timmy Hansen all through, Kristoffersson managed the race from the entrance and took his obligatory extra-route joker lap on the ultimate tour to lastly overcome the dangerous luck that has plagued him within the first 4 rounds of the season to face on the highest step of the rostrum for the primary time this yr, his twenty fifth profession win.
Behind, Gronholm shadowed Kristofferson all through, only a handful of tenths behind the chief however didn’t fairly have the tempo to problem for the victory.
Positions did change behind nevertheless with Ekstrom the primary of the highest 4 to take his joker lap. Hansen responded on the ultimate tour behind chief Kristoffersson, having moved as much as second on the street and beat fellow former champion Ekstrom to the ultimate step on the rostrum, as Gronholm moved forward to be second.
Ekstrom had been quickest in Q1 however suffered a damaged propshaft in Q3. Regardless he began on the entrance row of the semi-finals and made the finial, however simply missed out on a return podium on his debut with the Munnich Motorsport squad.
A couple of seconds additional again from Ekstrom within the closing, Kevin Hansen and Krisztian Szabo battled for fifth, Hansen popping out on prime, whereas Szabo solely made it into the final race of the weekend when Timo Scheider’s Munnich Motorsport Seat Ibiza’s propshaft failed throughout his pre-launch on the best way to the grid, Szabo graduating into the ultimate line-up as the primary reserve.
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