World RX: Double triumph for EKS RX team
EKS RX team celebrates a double triumph in the 2016 World RX season’s finale today in Argentina. After Mattias Ekstrom secured drivers’ title in the penultimate championship round in Germany, his team clinched another world’s title today at Autodromo Rosario, beating Team Peugeot-Hansen by 35 points.
The decisive moment in the championship fight for team’s title was Timmy Hansen‘s 13th place after four qualifying rounds, so Swedish driver didn’t qualify for the Semifinal round. His teammate Sebastien Loeb was fourth among qualifiers. On the other hand, both EKS RX drivers finished among Top 12 qualifiers – Ekstrom was third and Toomas Heikkinen was ninth. To confirm their leading position, both Ekstrom and Heikkinen entered Final round while Loeb was only fifth in his SF group.
Johan Kristoffersson is a championship runner-up after Solberg’s misfortune
Petter Solberg marked the first part of the Argentinian round, winning all four qualifying rounds, becoming only second driver in the World RX history to do that. Unfortunately, Solberg’s luck changed its side in the Semifinal. He started from pole, lost his lead at the start from Ekstrom and later crashed out, to finish fifth in his Semifinal group.
Solberg was one of three drivers who fought for the runner-up spot in the championship. His misfortune in the Semifinal put him in the third place of the final standings, tied in the points with today’s winner Andreas Bakkerud. Johan Kristoffersson, who finished second today, is also second in the championship, collecting just one point more than his Norwegian rivals.