Thursday 11th of May 2017

Sweden’s Mattias Ekstrom heads into the fourth round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship at Mettet in Belgium this weekend unbeaten in 2017, having already won at Barcelona, Montalegre and Hockenheim. 

This time last year, Ekstrom also won at Mettet, where he claimed a maximum points score for the weekend by finishing top at the Intermediate Classification, winning semi-final one and the final to take the Championship lead. Norway’s Petter Solberg also started on the front row of the grid for the final and was second on lap one, followed by a fast starting Anton Marklund and Sebastien Loeb.  Solberg and home hero Francois Duval were first to take their jokers on lap one as Marklund had a spin on lap two before taking his joker. 

Loeb chased Ekstrom at the front of the race and took his joker at the same time, lap six, Ekstrom claiming the race victory with Loeb beating Solberg in a race to the finish line to earn his first podium. Duval challenged for a podium finish but got a puncture on his OlsbergsMSE Ford Fiesta Supercar in the closing stages and lost fourth place to Marklund. Johan Kristoffersson retired on the opening lap of the race with engine problems. 

The 2016 event at Mettet also hosted the opening round of the FIA European Rallycross Championship for Supercar, where Kevin Hansen claimed his first of four victories on his way to the title, before moving up to World RX this year. 

Find the full 2017 World RX of Belgium event preview here.


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