Formula E
14 Feb
-
15 Feb
Event finished
R
Marrakesh E-prix
27 Feb
-
29 Feb
Next event in
7 days
Formula 1 MotoGP
05 Mar
-
08 Mar
FP1 in
15 days
R
Thailand GP
19 Mar
-
22 Mar
FP1 in
29 days
NASCAR Cup
08 Feb
-
17 Feb
Event finished
R
Las Vegas
21 Feb
-
23 Feb
First Practice in
2 days
IndyCar
13 Mar
-
15 Mar
Next event in
22 days
R
Birmingham
03 Apr
-
05 Apr
Next event in
43 days
WEC
22 Feb
-
23 Feb
FP1 in
3 days
18 Mar
-
20 Mar
Next event in
27 days

Hockenheim WRX: Ekstrom scores third straight win

shares
comments
Hockenheim WRX: Ekstrom scores third straight win
By:
May 7, 2017, 11:25 AM

Championship leader Mattias Ekstrom has again completed a World Rallycross weekend turnaround, making it three out of three wins in 2017 so far.

The Swede, who had ended the opening day of qualifying ninth overall, went on to win his semi-final and then controlled the final race.

Fine rain fell ahead of the day’s three races and, having started on the front row of semi-final two, Ekstrom pressured polesitter and race leader Timmy Hansen throughout to claim the race win when Hansen made a mistake on the final lap and ran wide into the Sachs Kurve gravel trap.

Johan Kristoffersson beat semi-final one pole starter Sebastien Loeb to claim pole position for the final.

In the main race, Ekstrom seized the lead as Kristoffersson’s Volkswagen Polo bogged on the start line and the Swede wouldn't relinquish first place for the rest of the distance.

Taking his joker on lap four of the race, Ekstrom remained at the head of the order, shadowed by Kristoffersson in second.

Ekstrom’s great start was mirrored by that of his EKS teammate, Toomas Heikkinen, who from the back row of the grid fought with former World Rally champions Sebastien Loeb and Petter Solberg after the first corner, Heikkinen and Loeb running side-by-side into the Sachs Kurve before Solberg made it three-wide to claim two positions from one move and run fourth.

Solberg momentarily climbed to third when Hansen took his joker on lap two, but using the dryer inside line with more grip, Hansen re-passed Solberg into the first corner of lap three, and remained third to score his first podium of the season.

Solberg was jumped by Loeb when the Norwegian took his joker on lap three, but moved back ahead of the Frenchman when also he took his joker on the final tour, the pair finishing fourth and fifth.

Heikkinen finished sixth, unable to repeat the EKS double podium of twelve months ago, where he had finished second the Ekstrom.

The Finn had made a fantastic start in semi-final two from the outside of the grid to move into the lead, but on the slippery outside of the circuit couldn’t get the Audi S1 stopped and ran wide. He replicated the move in the final, but again on the outside couldn’t make the move stick, before battling with Loeb and Solberg.

The result means Ekstrom extends his lead in the drivers’ standings over Kristoffersson by two points, as the PSRX Volkswagen Sweden team pulled further ahead in the teams; championship by virtue of both Kristoffersson and Solberg making it into the final for the third event in a row.

Following the podium celebrations, Ekstrom hopped on a bicycle to rush back to the paddock and take part in DTM qualifying, where he finished 10th.

Semi-final 1

 DriverCarTeamPts
1  Johan Kristoffersson  VW Polo PSRX 6
2  Petter Solberg  VW Polo PSRX 5
3  Sébastien Loeb  Peugeot 208 Hansen 4
4  Kevin Eriksson  Ford Fiesta Austria 3
5  Kevin Hansen Peugeot 208 Hansen 2
6  Reinis Nitiss  Audi S1 EKS 1

Semi-final 2

 DriverCarTeanPts
1  Mattias Ekström  Audi S1 EKS 6
2  Timmy Hansen  Peugeot 208 Hansen 5
3  Toomas Heikkinen  Audi S1 EKS 4
4  Timur Timerzyanov  Ford Fiesta STARD 3
5  Timo Scheider  Ford Fiesta Austria 2
6  Ken Block  Ford Focus HRD 1

Final

 DriverCarTeamPts
1  Mattias Ekström  Audi S1 EKS 8
2  Johan Kristoffersson  VW Polo PSRX 5
3  Timmy Hansen  Peugeot 208 Hansen 4
4  Petter Solberg  VW Polo PSRX 3
5  Sébastien Loeb  Peugeot 208 Hansen 2
6  Toomas Heikkinen  Audi S1 EKS 1
Next article
Hockenheim WRX: Loeb ends qualifying on top

Previous article

Hockenheim WRX: Loeb ends qualifying on top

Next article

Belgium WRX: Kristoffersson leads overnight, Ekstrom only seventh

Belgium WRX: Kristoffersson leads overnight, Ekstrom only seventh
Load comments