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SOLBERG TAKES THREE QUALIFYING WINS IN A ROW

Norway’s Petter Solberg was fastest for the third qualifying session in a row at the fifth round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship at Lydden Hill. 

The two-time World RX Champion led his team mate Johan Kristoffersson and 2016 Champion Mattias Ekstrom in the last race of Q3, the top three maintaining their positions from Q1 and Q2 yesterday. Solberg led the race and took his joker on lap three, re-taking the lead when Kristoffersson took his joker on lap four. 

Behind the top three, Norway’s Andreas Bakkerud and Sweden’s Timmy Hansen battled over fourth place in the race and were fifth and seventh in Q3, Hansen’s Team Peugeot-Hansen team mate Sebastien Loeb was fourth and America’s Ken Block sixth, the two drivers continuing their battle from Saturday at Lydden Hill. 

Like he was in Q1, Finland’s Topi Heikkinen was eighth fastest in Q3 to return to the top twelve after he was slowed with an engine problem in Q2. Sweden’s Kevin Eriksson also won his race in Q3 and was ninth fastest, with Heikkinen’s EKS team mate Reinis Nitiss 10th. Finland’s Niclas Gronholm was also inside the top 12 along with Sweden’s Kevin Hansen. Great Britain’s Andrew Jordan is currently in the semi-final places for the MJP Racing Team Austria team, in 11th, despite being slowed with technical problems at the end of his race in Q3. 

Find full Q3 results here.

 

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