Friday 5th of May 2017

Sweden’s Mattias Ekstrom heads to the third round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship this weekend at Hockenheim targeting his third 2017 victory in a row, and it was at the famous German Formula 1 venue where the EKS driver scored his first victory of 2016, twelve months ago. 

As he is again this weekend, Ekstrom competed in both World RX and the opening round of the DTM at Hockenheim last year, and claimed victory in the World RX final after overtaking EKS team mate Topi Heikkinen at the end of the third lap, to claim the first EKS one-two. Scoring the first podium for the Ford Focus RS RX, America’s Ken Block finished third, the Hoonigan Racing Division driver only making it into the semi-finals when Peugeot-Hansen’s Timmy Hansen was excluded from Q4 for his car being underweight after a Q3 fire. 

Block, Norway’s Petter Solberg and semi-final two winner Liam Doran fought for position on the opening lap of the final, following one of the most memorable races of the 2016 season in semi-final two, where Sweden’s Johan Kristoffersson led for most of the race despite having a rear puncture on his Volkswagen Polo. Behind him, Latvia’s Janis Baumanis, Doran and Solberg fought amongst themselves, Doran eventually taking the lead and going on to win, claiming a front-row start in the final, followed by Solberg and Block. 

In the final, both Solberg and Robin Larsson were fortunate not to roll their cars after hitting a wall on the same lap. Solberg finished fourth, Doran was fifth and Larsson sixth.


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