BREAKTHROUGH 2012 SEASON
All drivers have a defining year. It can be one in which everything came together, or that kickstarts a career. For Johan Kristoffersson, 2012 was a mixture of both.
The Swede had done partial seasons in his domestic touring car championship between 2009 and ’11, with a best finish of third. The following year he embarked on
a dual campaign of the Swedish Touring Car Championship and Porsche Carrera Cup Scandinavia, winning both titles.
“2012 was my best season for sure,” he says. “It was a challenge for me to change cars and be competitive in these different series.”
As the STCC and Porsches shared the same calendar, he was constantly switching between front and rear-wheel-drive cars, with limited time between sessions.
“I learned so much that year, especially switching from the front-wheel-drive Scirocco to the rear-wheel-drive Porsche,” he says. “I had no plan to win both those championships in that year, I just ended up being competitive and put together two strong campaigns.”
Kristoffersson also found time to compete in the Italian-based Superstars Series in an Audi RS5. He defeated some big names – including Formula 1 exile Vitantonio Liuzzi and Gianni Morbidelli – to take the title despite having never visited most of the circuits before.
“You had to drive these cars in a certain way,” Kristoffersson recalls. “Sometimes you were competitive, other weekends not, so you had to make sure you got the best result possible at that round.
“In many ways, it was exactly like cross-country skiing. You have to be 100% in, otherwise you’ll fail. It’s all about the effort you put in.”
World Rallycross rival Timmy Hansen uses Kristoffersson’s
2012 feats as proof that combining disciplines has helped the reigning champion become what he is today: “Johan really shows us how to combine RX and circuit racing, and what he did in 2012 especially was really impressive. He has a good understanding of driving different cars fast, and he’s so consistent.”