With fourth place in the Jurassic X Prix, the team of 2016 Formula 1 champion Nico Rosberg, consisting of Johan Kristoffersson and Molly Taylor, went on to 155 points in the overall standings, even with Lewis Hamilton’s X44.
But having won the inaugural event in Saudi Arabia, then in Senegal and Sardinia, the RXR team got the better of the X44 team, which had failed to score a victory by reaching the final despite a 100% qualifying record. This happened despite Cristina Gutierrez and Sebastien Loeb dominating the UK test.
The popular vote ‘GridPlay’ awarded the actual poleman and winner of semifinal one, the X44 team, with the choice of the starting slot, while Loeb and Gutierrez opted for the central part. The RXR team cars were close, according to a new rule for the final round of the season, which required the driver to start the last race.
Gutierrez used his 400kW hyperdrive to move forward at the start and take the lead in the first corner, while Taylor had a slow initial stint, knowing fourth place was enough to clinch the title.
Meanwhile, an incredible start for Mikaela Ahlin-Kottulinsky, under the JBXE team, moved from the right side of the grid, relegating Andretti United to third place. Ahlin-Kottulinsky then chased after Taylor, using the four-second hyperdrive activation to get even with the Rosberg X team car, leaping into second place with the ‘Knife Edge’ jump.
While Gutierrez amassed a 6.4-second lead in his team X44 car, RXR finished even further behind, with Catie Munnings leaving Taylor behind to fight Laia Sanz to take the title, now far from Rosberg’s team.
But a spin from the Sanz eased the pressure, as Munnings had to aim for reverse after losing the rear when braking to avoid colliding with the JBXE car on approach to the driver change zone, where speed is limited. Gutierrez finished his two-lap stint in 3.3 seconds with the JBXE leaving the car for Loeb, and his free time was only touched by a recovery from Munnings.
As the Andretti United car headed for its slot in the pits, Gutierrez exited, but Munnings picked up the X44 driver’s seat and took him back to the street. Loeb came out with a 4.4 second margin on JBXE, which he turned into victory at the Bovington Military Base Tank Test Ground.
This, combined with the five-point bonus for setting the fastest round time through the designated sector and qualifying stunt throughout the year, brought X44 with 155 points. But four-time World Rallycross Champion Kristoffersson took home the RXR car, which was lagging behind on the grid after a last-minute front inverter change, in a necessary quarter. Success early in the season handed the title to him and Taylor.
Kevin Hansen finished second in the final with JBXE to take third in the teams championship, away from his brother Timmy Hansen and his teammate Andretti United Munnings. While Kristoffersson crossed the line 15 seconds behind Loeb, the margin was the same that separated two-time Rally world champion Carlos Sainz Sr.
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