Three world champions have hit the headlines in the early rounds of the FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy, which heads to Lydden Hill for round five on 27-28 May.
The current World RX title-holder Mattias Ekstrom was a clear winner in Spain with his factory-supported Team EKS Audi S1. But double world champion Petter Solberg fought back, made improvements to his factory-supported Volkswagen Polo RX GTI and dominated in Portugal where he was leading the Final until he picked up a puncture. So Ekstrom won again.
As Solberg slowed he was unable to avoid baulking his team-mate Johan Kristofferson and so Sebastien Loeb, nine-times winner of the FIA World Rally Championship, powered past in his Peugeot 208 to snatch second place.
Third place for Kristofferson was enough to put the PSRX squad at the top of the teams’ championship.
“That was one of the hardest fought wins in rallycross,” admitted Ekstrom. “We weren’t on the pace throughout the qualifying process - both Johan and the Peugeots were very fast - but we concentrated on our own work. In rallycross, you have to fight until the bitter end, which is what we have proved today.”
The question is: will the three world champions still be on top when Britain’s round is fought out at Lydden Hill, the birthplace of the sport, on May 27-28?
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Photos courtesy of FIAWorldRallycross.com