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03/09/17

We are back!

In front of 75,000 spectators, Mattias was only beaten in the final by Johan Kristoffersson and local matador Sébastien Loeb. In the overall standings, Mattias is third behind Johan and his team mate Petter Solberg – also like we are in the team classification. Following heavy rain, the final race in Brittany became a mud festival featuring many overtaking moves. “Saturday sun and Sunday rather more swimming and sliding, a varied weekend,” confirmed Mattias. “I’m actually quite satisfied with my third place, but I’m a little annoyed because we weren’t so far from the front. In the dry and in the rain we were just missing a tiny bit, but we can certainly build on the performance.”

Reinis and Topi once again made the semi-final races for the twelve fastest drivers, but drew the short straw at this stage. “After contact with Andreas Bakkerud my wipers stopped working, from there on I was running blind,” summarized Reinis and added: “I’m disappointed with the result because it doesn’t show our real performance.” Topi missed the final after a collision with Ken Block. “I initially had problems with the pace, but at least made the semi-final, but after skating through the gravel bed that was it.” Audi DTM driver Nico Müller celebrated an impressive debut. In our fourth Audi S1 EKS RX quattro, the Swiss set fast laps from the very beginning on his rallycross premiere. Unfortunately he missed the semi-final after finishing 17th overall due to two collisions. “Even though the result is not what I’d hoped for, the weekend was great fun and I’d love to come back,” summarized Nico. After the weekend in France a long journey is on the schedule for us. We must travel around 2,600 kilometers to the next round in Riga. The tenth of twelve rounds is held in the Latvian capital on September 16–17.

FIA World Rallycross Championship 2017 – round 9, Lohéac – Result Final

1 Johan Kristoffersson (S) 4m 08.408s
2 Sébastien Loeb (F) +3.581s
3 Mattias Ekström (S) +4.586s
4 Andreas Bakkerud (N) +7.386s
5 Petter Solberg (N) +38.690s
6 Timmy Hansen (S) +3 laps

Drivers’ standings FIA World Rallycross Championship 2017 (after 9of 12 races)

1 Johan Kristoffersson (S) 241 points
2 Petter Solberg (N) 195 points
3 Mattias Ekström (S) 180 points
4 Sébastien Loeb (F) 169 points
5 Timmy Hansen (S) 155 points
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8 Toomas Heikkinen (FIN) 86 points
14 Reinis Nitišs (LV) 55 points


Team standings FIA World Rallycross Championship 2017 (after 9 of 12 races)

1 PSRX Volkswagen Sweden 436 points
2 Team Peugeot Hansen 324 points
3 EKS 266 points
4 Hoonigan Racing Division 241 points