Mattias Ekström has many good memories from the Estering. In 2016, the Swede became the drivers’ world champion at the venue, with one round to spare. He won the event in 2017. What will happen there on 13 and 14 October?
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At the Estering in Buxtehude, of all places, Mattias Ekström secured the world championship title during that season’s penultimate round. As it turns out, it also happens to be the track where his father Bengt triumphed in the European Rallycross Championship in 1990. In 2014, the Swede also suffered one of the narrowest defeats in motorsport history on the circuit near Hamburg – 0.005 seconds separated him from winner Petter Solberg.

Race facts

The Estering is home to one of the most spectacular corners in all of motorsport. The tight first corner, on the track that is only 925 meters long, separates the men from the boys and repeatedly provides some impressive manoeuvres. As was the case during the final in 2017, when Mattias Ekström successfully squeezed through the bottleneck and went on to win the event.

Further along the lap of the shortest circuit on the calendar it is characterized by full-throttle sections, where it is almost impossible to overtake without an error from the opposition. All the more important is a perfect start and the right tactics going into the first corner, as well as a good joker lap strategy.

The Estering is 0.925 kilometres long and is 60 percent asphalt and 40 percent gravel.