There was plenty on offer during the ninth round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship in Lohéac. 75,000 spectators saw exciting races. At the heart of the action were also Audi and EKS – and especially World Champion Mattias Ekström. The Swede finished third in the final.
Quagmire

After heavy rainfall on Sunday the final race Brittany became a mud festival featuring many overtaking moves. “Saturday sun and Sunday rather more swimming and sliding, a varied weekend,” said Ekström smiling. “I’m actually quite satisfied with my third place, but I’m a little annoyed because we weren’t so far from the front.” Reinis Nitišs and Toomas Heikkinen has less reason to smile. Although they both reached the semi-final races for the twelve fastest drivers again, they drew the short straw. Nitišs had to contest his last race blind after contact with opponent Andreas Bakkerud – his windscreen wiper stopped working. Heikkinen narrowly missed making the final after a collision with Ken Block. Before, the Finn struggled with his pace. His excursion through the gravel bed then put paid to any hope of getting further. 

Luckless debut

Nico Müller celebrated an impressive debut. The Swiss set fast lap times from the word go on his rallycross debut, but unfortunately missed the semi-final after finishing 17th overall due to two collisions that were not of his doing. The tenth of twelve World Championship rounds is held in Riga on September 16–17.

Circuit de Lohéac

The race in numbers

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World RX Lohéac