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FOUR FIGHT FOR SILVER IN SOUTH AFRICA "THE OUTSIDER"

No less than four drivers enter the final round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship, the World RX of Cape Town in South Africa with a chance of finishing second in the Drivers’ Championship.

France’s Sebastien Loeb, a two-time World RX round winner has finished on the podium six times in 2018 with Team Peugeot Total’s Peugeot 208, including winning the World RX of Belgium and is the only driver to win a round this year apart from PSRX Volkswagen Sweden’s Johan Kristoffersson.

Loeb is the driver with the most ground to make up if he is to take second or even third in the World RX Drivers’ Championship. Fifth in the standings with 205 points, the Frenchman is 23 points behind the driver currently in second, EKS Audi Sport’s Mattias Ekstrom. With 30 points available for a maximum score, Loeb must hope that Ekstrom, EKS’ Andreas Bakkerud and PSRX’s Petter Solberg run into trouble in Cape Town if he is to finish on the podium at the end of his third World RX season.

At the last race in Germany, Loeb lost ground to the overall podium by not qualifying for the final after contact with Olsbergs MSE’s Kevin Eriksson in the semi-finals. “Until the final Qualifying session, I never had a clean run throughout the weekend, which was pretty much the story of Germany this year for me Unfortunately, if you don't have a clean run from the beginning in rallycross, you are always catching up and this is what happened to me all weekend,” he said. “The track in Germany is quite complicated, because it does not have many overtaking opportunities, which means that it's hard to get out of the traffic. We had the potential, but if you’re stuck in the middle of the pack you can’t use it and anything can happen. The car actually felt good, but the circumstances worked against us again.”

Team Peugeot Total’s Timmy Hansen would also be in the fight for second – and ahead of Loeb in the points – but two engine penalties have cost him 30 points in the standings.

 

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