Farewell to a home of rallycross: Audi and Ekström contend “Goodbye, Lydden Hill”

50 years after a initial competition during a “home of rallycross,” a World RX will be relocating on to Silverstone in 2018. Mattias Ekström and his team, EKS, have many memories of a Lydden Hill Race Circuit. Track sections such as Devil’s Elbow and Hairy Hill suffer cult standing in a World RX community. “This year, we’ll be on a grid for a third time during Lydden Hill and a races have always been good fun,” says Ekström. “Especially my duels with Petter Solberg are legendary.”

In 2016, when Ekström clinched feat there, fans were treated to racing in a category of a own. In a final, a Swede relegated his Norwegian competition Solberg to second place following a extreme battle, his advantage during a finish amounting to a small 1.142 seconds. “We didn’t have an easy weekend,” Ekström says in retrospect. “In Q1, we had engine issues and in Q4, we had a puncture. We kept cool, took it easy on a tires for a semi-finals and a final, and had a required volume of happening to bind victory.”

Featuring many quick sections on tarmac, a lane suits circuit racers well. The sand section, Pilgrims, has regularly done for daredevil overtaking maneuvers and headlines. The lane blueprint is generally liquid and offers many good overtaking opportunities. “I unequivocally like a circuit,” says Ekström’s teammate Toomas Heikkinen. “Devil’s Elbow is one of a best turns on a whole World RX calendar.” Reinis Nitišs competing in a third Audi S1 EKS RX quattro is equally enthusiastic: “A illusory track! In 2015, we was in a final and came fifth. This time we wish to be in row during a really front.”