I wanted to get the win in South Africa. That was what I was aiming for. I really think it was possible.
The start of my semi-final was mad. I got so many huge hits. I was in front and I turned into Turn 1 then bam bam bam and, at one point, I was facing the opposite direction!
I had nose to nose contact with Seb (Loeb) and that put me back in the right way to go. We had to joker in the right moment to get out in front and win the race.
It was nice to hear from my girlfriend, who was watching from the grandstand, that when we lined up for the final I was called a small favourite by the announcer over the speakers.
I was treated a bit rough in the final, though, as there were a lot of strategic moves from Mattias (Ekstrom) and Petter (Solberg) who were going for second place in the championship plus it is not so often that you are able to catch Johan (Kristoffersson) as he has been almost invincible this season.
It was a good way to end the season with a second place. I can’t regret anything I did in this final stop. I did everything I could in every moment. I had good lap times all the way through. I won Q1, Q4 and the semi, but it was not quite enough to win the final.
It is quite cool that a lot of people recognise me here now and it makes it much more equal with the more well known guys like Seb. The fans can’t be disappointed after what they have seen here. They have been really open to World Rallycross as a sport and I am sure it will grow. It was a sell out with 23,000 apparently. They were absolutely crazy.
I am actually really proud of how consistent I have been this season. I reached 11 finals out of 12 races, so just me and Kristoffersson that did that. That was one of my biggest challenges earlier in my career. That is what I am going to take away with me the most.
I always have that extra 1% with me in the final when it is really needed. First full season for Kevin too and he has really progressed as well with two finals in a row.
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