On home soil at the Race Of Champions in Pite Havsbad, Sweden, four-time World Rallycross Champion Johan Kristoffersson defeated 2019 World Rallycross Champion Timmy Hansen in the round of 16.
Hansen was clearly in the lead until a hard driving mistake, but lost control of his car in a long left-hand turn, slid over the barriers into the opposing lane, only to drive back across the barriers into his lane again.
Kristoffersson then lost in the quarter-finals to Mattias Ekström and was eliminated from the Race Of Champions 2022.
It was the first clash between the two rivals, who last met in Rallycross cars at the World Rallycross Championship finale at the Nürburgring in early December.
In the World Rallycross Championship, the two will meet again in Sweden: At the 2022 World Rallycross Championship opener in Höljes at the beginning of July.