Petter Solberg leads after Day 1 of World RX finale in Argentina

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Petter Solberg’s first-place and runner-up results in qualifying heats enabled him to take an overnight lead in the FIA World Rallycross Championship season finale at San Luis, Argentina.

Solberg has already clinched the driver’s championship, but the team championship remains up in the air. Olsbergs MSE – which won the American-based Red Bull Global Rallycross title earlier this month – has gotten out to an advantage over team title rivals Marklund Motorsport and Peugeot-Hansen.

Olsbergs’ Reinis Nitiss finished fourth and first in his two heats to sit second going into tomorrow by a deficit of 95-90 (intermediate points) behind Solberg.

Nitiss’ teammate, Andreas Bakkerud, finished fifth and third to move into fourth place in the standings with 81 points. Directly ahead of Bakkerud in third is Marklund’s Toomas Heikkinen with 85 points (finished second and fourth in heats).

In the team race, Olsbergs entered the weekend down by just four points to Marklund, while Peugeot-Hansen was farther back at 38 points behind.

Two more qualifying heats will be run tomorrow afternoon, followed by the semifinals and final. In World RX, the Top 16 drivers after all four heats are run will receive heat points, with the Top 12 going on to the semifinals. Two races of six cars each then ensue, and the Top 6 from the semis will enter the final.