2003 World Rally Champion Petter Solberg took a sensational victory in the World RX of France on Sunday, round eight of the FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy.

The result marks the third win of the season for Solberg and sees him extend his lead at the top of the overall World RX standings.

"I'm tired, exhausted, sweaty and happy - this has been an unbelievable weekend," said Solberg. "Yesterday was not perfect - we struggled with tyre wear but my mechanics worked really hard on the car [the Citroen DS3 Supercar] until 1am this morning and I noticed a big change overnight.

"I have a lot of new parts for the next race in Germany so as long as we keep scoring points, everything looks very good for the Championship."

Ford Olsbergs MSE driver Reinis Nitiss and Team Peugeot-Hansen's Timmy Hansen finished second and third respectively.

"Last year I won in Super1600 in Loheac so I am really happy to be back on the podium again but this time in the Supercar. I love this event - there are so many fans and the circuit is amazing with lots of flat out sections," said Nitiss.

"I am a little disappointed to finish third but I know that I won't be tomorrow morning as it is a great result for the team," added Hansen, who won three out of the four heats and showed extraordinary pace in his Peugeot 208 Supercar.

"I gambled a bit in the semi-finals - I had the RPM too low and didn't have the best start. I was at the back of the grid for the final but I think I had one of the best races of my life as I fought my way up to second place before dropping to third. I know we've had a fast car this year and I'm really happy to have been able to have been able to produce a podium for Peugeot in front of the manufacturer's home crowd."

Blazing sunshine greeted more than 70,000 fans at Loheac in north-west Brittany over the weekend to watch 79 cars battle it out across the Supercar plus the Super1600 and TouringCar categories. As well as an experienced field of 32 French drivers, the line-up in France also included star-studded names such as American Gymkhana star Ken Block who made his second appearance in World RX - and finished fourth.

Team EKS RX driver Pontus Tidemand meanwhile was awarded the Monster Energy Super Charge Award after his rapid pace off the line during the all-important final. In what was only his fourth World RX outing this year, Tidemand consistently challenged the World RX permanent drivers in the Audi S1 Quattro Supercar and is proving to be one of the sport's brightest prospects. He finished fifth.

The FIA World Rallycross Championship now heads to Germany next, with round nine taking place at Estering in two weeks time (20-21 September).



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