The fifth round of the world championship will take place in Hell on 9 and 10 June, a venue that played an important part in the history of EKS Audi Sport. It was there where it all began for Mattias Ekström’s rallycross team in 2014. It is the home round for Andreas Bakkerud.
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Because the preparation dragged on for so long in 2014, the engine for the second car had to be delivered by helicopter during the world championship debut of EKS in 2014. The challenging circuit with many elevation changes near Trondheim is not necessarily one of Mattias Ekström’s favourite tracks.

This is quite different for Bakkerud, who not only competes in front of his enthusiastic fans in Hell. In 2016, he became the first driver in the history of the World Rallycross Championship to have a perfect weekend, whereby he won all six races and claimed the maximum available points.

Race facts

At no other circuit on the world championship calendar are there so many ups and downs. Immediately after the start, in the rush for the first corner, there is a dip and then the first hill climb, when the decision must be made: normal or joker lap?

The middle sector of the track, which lies on a plateau next to a quarry, leads the drivers into a deep trough, – not just topographically speaking for some. If you don’t get the tight corner passages just right, you lose momentum and time in the climb to the finish.

The circuit in Hell is 1.019 kilometres long and is 63 percent asphalt and 37 percent gravel.