Mattias Ekström is now the hunter in the FIA World Rallycross Championship. The Swede finished fifth in the fifth round of the season at Lydden Hill and, in doing so, surrended the overall championship lead.
Extracted the maximum

To mark the 50th anniversary of rallycross at the Lydden Hill Race Circuit Ekström and his team mates Toomas Heikkinen und Reinis Nitišs experienced a weekend with several obstacles. “I started well and held third place consistently in the qualifying sessions behind the strong Polos,” said Ekström. “In the semi-final things weren’t quite right, which is why I had to start the finale from the third row.”

 

After making a good start, a tyre failure dropped the Swede down the order. At the end, he finished fifth. “We have to be honest. Winning here was never on the cards, but a podium finish was. But to achieve this everything would have had to run perfectly.” The Swede had topped the standings for 253 days across two seasons. “I’m only four points behind Johan Kristoffersson,” said Ekström. “In rallycross things can change very quickly. It’s possible to score 30 points on a weekend. We’ll be back and will attack from the word go at the next round in Norway.”

Youngster unlucky

Heikkinen qualified for the semi-final but missed the final after finishing sixth. Nitišs fared much worse and was knocked-out early after finishing 16th overall. However, the Latvian has fond memories of the next event in Norway. In 2014, in Hell he became the youngest driver ever to win a World Championship round.

Lydden Hill Race Circuit

The race in numbers

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