Lydden World Rallycross: Petter Solberg beats Mattias Ekstrom

World Rallycross Championship leader Petter Solberg won the British round at Lydden Hill, beating DTM star Mattias Ekstrom by just three tenths of a second in the final

Lydden World Rallycross: Petter Solberg beats Mattias Ekstrom

The pair won a semi-final apiece to start on the front row for the Motorsport News World RX of Great Britain, from where Solberg took the standard route around Chessens Drift while Ekstrom dashed straight for the joker lap.

Solberg led out front for the first five laps, leaving his compulsory joker until the start of the final tour, returning over the jump on the joker exit side-by-side with Ekstrom and just getting out ahead.

For the remaining three-quarters of the final lap, Ekstrom pushed Solberg as hard as he could but there was no way by the Norwegian, who extends his lead at the head of the championship over third-placed Johan Kristoffersson.

"The whole weekend at Lydden has been brilliant," said 2014 champion Solberg. "The first day was absolutely fantastic, then I was very lucky in the third heat because I had a problem with the fuel pump.

"It was a big fight in the final. Mattias put up a really big fight and it's great to win."

OlsbergsMSE pair Andreas Bakkerud and Reinis Nitiss finished fourth and fifth to take the lead of the teams' championship, while Guy Wilks was the highest-placed British runner by making it to the final on his rallycross debut, driving a Mini RX for the JRM Racing team.

Wilks had won a close duel with Frenchman Davy Jeanney in the second semi-final to land a place in the final. The former JWRC driver followed Ekstrom and Bakkerud into the joker on lap one of the final and held third despite suffering a left-rear puncture.

Former British Touring Car champion and Team Peugeot-Hansen wildcard Andrew Jordan set the fastest time overall in the third heat and ran third in the opening laps of the second semi-final but dropped to fifth with a last-lap joker and didn't make it into the final.

FINAL RESULTS:

Pos Driver Team Car Laps Gap
1 Petter Solberg SDRX Citroen 6 4m25.064s
2 Mattias Ekstrom EKS Audi 6 0.341s
3 Johan Kristoffersson Volkswagen Team Sweden Volkswagen 6 2.628s
4 Andreas Bakkerud Olsbergs MSE Ford 6 2.876s
5 Reinis Nitiss Olsbergs MSE Ford 6 4.234s
6 Guy Wilks JRM Mini/BMW 2 4 Laps
7 Andrew Jordan Team Peugeot-Hansen Peugeot 0 6 Laps
8 Timmy Hansen Team Peugeot-Hansen Peugeot 0 6 Laps
9 Tord Linnerud Volkswagen Team Sweden Volkswagen 0 6 Laps
10 Davy Jeanney Team Peugeot-Hansen Peugeot 0 6 Laps
11 Manfred Stohl World RX Team Austria Ford 0 6 Laps
12 Robin Larsson Audi 0 6 Laps
13 Per-Gunnar Andersson Marklund Motorsport Volkswagen 0 6 Laps
14 Anton Marklund EKS Audi 0 6 Laps
15 Toomas Heikkinen Marklund Motorsport Volkswagen 0 6 Laps
16 Tanner Foust Marklund Motorsport Volkswagen 0 6 Laps
17 Marc Laboulle Citroen 0 6 Laps
18 Andy Scott Albatec Racing Peugeot 0 6 Laps
19 Ollie O'Donovan Ford 0 6 Laps
20 Janis Baumanis Hansen Talent Development Peugeot 0 6 Laps
21 Guttorm Lindefjell CircleX Ford 0 6 Laps
22 Max Pucher World RX Team Austria Ford 0 6 Laps
23 David Binks Albatec Racing Peugeot 0 6 Laps
24 Kevin Procter Ford 0 6 Laps
25 Rene Munnich All-Inkl.com Munnich Motorsport Audi 0 6 Laps
26 Julian Godfrey Ford 0 6 Laps
27 Alx Danielsson All-Inkl.com Munnich Motorsport Audi 0 6 Laps
28 Liam Doran SDRX Citroen 0 6 Laps
29 Timur Timerzyanov Namus OMSE Ford 0 6 Laps


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