FLASHBACK: LAST TIME OUT AT LYDDEN HILL
The fifth round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship takes place in Great Britain this weekend, at the Lydden Hill circuit.
Twelve months ago, eventual champion Mattias Ekstrom scored his third win in the opening four rounds of the 2016 season at Lydden Hill, beating Norway’s Petter Solberg in the final after the reigning champion had been in dominant form in the qualifying stages to be top qualifier at the Intermediate Classification and win semi-final one. Ekstrom won semi-final two and took his joker on the first lap of the final from the front row.
When the joker lap strategies of the other finalist drivers played out, Solberg ended up second behind Ekstrom, the EKS driver claiming victory. Hansen brothers Timmy and Kevin were second and third behind Solberg in the opening laps before Kevin took his joker at the same time as Solberg, Timmy moving into lead until he took his joker on lap six, when he dropped to third behind Solberg and Ekstrom. Kevin Hansen finished fourth, as Russia’s Timur Timerzyanov and Norway’s Andreas Bakkerud both encountered problems. A drive issue for Bakkerud and steering problems for Timerzyanov slowed both drivers, but they did complete the six laps.
Britain’s Guy Wilks was the highest placed home driver in the event, in 17th. Driving an OlsbergsMSE Ford Fiesta Wilks suffered from gearbox problems in the qualifying stages of the event. Five-time British Rallycross Champion Julian Godfrey rolled his Ford Fiesta in spectacular fashion in Q3.
Find the full World RX Supercar entry list here.
Find the full Euro RX TouringCar entry list here.
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