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No Magic Weekend

We started the “magic weekend” with great ambitions. Even without Mattias, who was on DTM-duty at Norisring, we intent on continuing our 2014 and 2015 successes when went home as the winner. This year, however, even the qualifying sessions revealed that the necessary pace was lacking. On Saturday, Reinis as the best our campaigner was ranked only in position twelve and, as a result, would have just barely qualified for the semi-finals. “Our lap times were more than half a second short of those of the front runners throughout the weekend,” Reinis said. Plus, on Sunday, there were some technical issues. In the final qualifying session, the suspension of the Latvian’s car broke, dashing all hopes of making it into the semis.

Consequently, it was up to Topi to finish the weekend that left something to be desired as the best-placed EKS driver. However, position 14 was anything but a perfect result. “It wasn’t a magic weekend from start to finish,” said the 2014 world championship runner-up. For Topi, a victory in the third qualifying was followed by a setback in the last race when the Finn, after a collision with Timo Scheider and a subsequent spin, was only able to drag his damaged Audi S1 EKS RX quattro to the finish line. Mattias’ stand-in P-G Andersson in 17th overall complemented the worst result achieved by us since May 2015. The last time we completely had missed the semi-final rounds was at the Hockenheimring exactly 792 days ago. Coming up next is the season’s first overseas race. On August 6 und 7, the World RX is going to visit Trois-Rivières between Montreal and Quebec City in Canada.

2017 FIA World RX – round 7, Höljes – final results

1 Johan Kristoffersson (S) 4m 14.579s
2 Andreas Bakkerud (N) +2.363s
3 Sébastien Loeb (F) +2.901s
4 Timmy Hansen (S) +6.194s
5 Kevin Eriksson (S) +6.805s
6 Janis Baumanis (LV) +12.650s

2017 FIA World RX drivers’ standings (after 7 of 12 rounds)

1 Johan Kristoffersson (S) 181 points
2 Petter Solberg (N) 150 points
3 Mattias Ekström (S) 143 points
4 Sébastien Loeb (F) 125 points
5 Andreas Bakkerud (N) 124 points
11 Toomas Heikkinen (FIN) 58 points
13 Reinis Nitišs (LV) 48 points

2017 FIA World RX teams’ standings (after 7 of 12 rounds)

1 PSRX Volkswagen Sweden 331 points
2 Team Peugeot Hansen 246 points
3 EKS 201 points
3 Hoonigan Racing Division 201 points
5 MJP Racing Team Austria 142 points