Petter Solberg has secured his first victory of the year at round two of the FIA World Rallycross championship at Hockenheim to take the lead in the drivers' standings.

The former World Rally champion dominated at the German circuit, winning the final by 2.550 seconds ahead of Ford Olsbergs Reinis Nitiss, while Team Peugeot-Hansen's Timmy Hansen completed the podiums places.

World Rallycross made its debut at the famous German circuit alongside the DTM season-opener and the second round of the European Formula 3 championship.

A purpose-built rallycross circuit had been put together alongside the Sachs Arena, which saw defending champion Solberg leave victorious after winning four of his five races and was only denied a clean sweep by a flat tyre in his opening heat.

The SDRX Citroen DS 3 driver leads the championship standings by 15 points after overtaking Volkswagen Team Sweden's Johan Kristoffersson. The Swedish driver failed to progress from the semi-final stage and could only collect two championship points.

"I love big fights and tough competitions and that's why I love rallycross," Solberg said. "The fans seemed to love rallycross and it's been great to be in Hockenheim alongside DTM this weekend, it's been very well organised.

"It's not been an easy weekend. We had a bad start on Friday, there was little grip off the line and then I had a puncture in the semi-final. I had two choices going into Saturday, one was to go fast or the second was to go very fast - I went for the second option."

The World Rallycross series moves on to Belgium for round three at the Mettet Circuit on the 16-17 May.