Round 5 World RX of Sweden
Teams and drivers competing in the FIA World Rallycross Championship have had little time to rest as the FIA’s newest World Championship moved to Sweden for round five this weekend (5-6 July). A real highlight of the rallycross calendar, Volkswagen World RX of Sweden has attracted a record 40 Supercars – the biggest ever Supercar entry to be seen at Höljes.
Described by some as the jewel in the rallycross crown, Höljes is extremely popular with both drivers and fans alike. Located 120 miles north of the Swedish city of Karlstad, Höljes is a small town set in the woods of Värmland. Over 34,000 #WorldRX fans packed in to the Holjes Motorstadion for the fifth round of the 2014 FIA World Rallycross Championship, and the on-track action didn’t disappoint!
Double DTM Champion Mattias Ekstrom clinched his first-ever FIA World Rallycross Championship victory after a flawless drive in the Audi S1 Supercar at the fifth round of the World Championship.
Ekstrom is the fifth different winner and fourth different manufacturer to win in this year’s World RX. The EKS RX Team driver is also the first this season to score maximum points after being placed highest in the intermediate classifications and winning both the semi-final and final. Norway’s Andreas Bakkerud and Petter Solberg were second and third, despite both drivers incurring punctures in a dramatic final race.
iON sponsored driver Petter Solberg put on a fantastic show for the World RX fans, winning two heats and moving ahead of Bakkerud in the drivers’ standings thanks to a healthy points haul. “That was very exciting,” beamed the former World Rally Champion. “I tried everything I could in that race but I had a knock from Andreas in the final lap and I couldn’t get ahead. He is a tough young driver!”
Fellow iON driver Liam Doran had his best result of the season so far after finishing fifth in his Citroen DS3 Supercar. A likely podium contender, the 27-year-old British driver narrowly missed out on a higher placing due to his car being down on power during the all-important final.
Martin Anayi, World RX Managing Director for IMG Motorsport, concluded:
“What a sensational weekend it’s been in Holjes, it’s certainly one that will go down in history as one of the most action-packed. We’ve had everything we could have hoped for: over 100 entries, a sell-out crowd, excellent weather and bumper-to-bumper racing. It was the icing on the cake to have Mattias win in front of a home crowd – and I’m certain that the action would have made for excellent viewing for our broadcasters around the world too. Last year we had just over 29,000 fans in Holjes but this year we’ve had nearly 35,000 which is testament to just how quickly our Championship is growing at the moment. It’s good for the Championship to have five different winners in five rounds and it’s fantastic to see Audi on the top step of the podium for the first time too – many congratulations to the EKS RX Team for their tremendous efforts.”
Round six of the FIA World Rallycross Championship will take place at Mettet in Belgium next weekend (12-13 July) as the Championship prepares for its fourth race in five weeks.