Rallycross: Notorious initial dilemma of Estering awaits EKS Audi Sport

In 2017, Mattias Ekström won a German World Rallycross Championship turn during Buxtehude; in 2016, a Swede took home an early pretension on this circuit with his Audi S1 EKS RX quattro. “It’s one of a venues on a World RX calendar that we have a best memories of,” saysEkström. “The Estering will always have a special place in my heart.”

The brief 925-meter march has tender a Swede – quite a hairpin hook after a start-finish straight. “It’s a illusory corner,” says a Audi driver. “You proceed it during high speed, lift a handbrake tough and slip sideways. It’s a many fantastic mark on a Estering and one of a best on a World RX calendar.”

In a other passages, overtaking is probably impossible, and this creates a start during a Estering decisive. The opening to a supposed Joker Lap, where a lane aspect changes from tarmac to gravel, is generally tricky: something that Ekström schooled from experience. Because a thoroughfare ends usually before a finish line, a leader during a Estering is mostly usually motionless when a mottled dwindle drops. In 2015, Ekström finished usually 0.005 seconds behind Petter Solberg. It was a many closely-contested finish in a story of a World Rallycross Championship.

Similarly tighten is a stream conflict for second place in a drivers’ championship behind a already crowned universe champion Johan Kristoffersson from Sweden. With dual rounds left on a calendar, Mattias Ekström (Audi/204 points), Petter Solberg (Volkswagen/202 points), Andreas Bakkerud (Audi/200 points) and Sébastien Loeb (Peugeot/195 points) are distant by usually 9 points. “Obviously, we all wish a runner-up title,” says Ekström’s teammate Andreas Bakkerud. “It’s good to know that in new years Audi has always finished good during a Estering.”

SPORT1 broadcasts live from Buxtehude on Sunday (October 14) from 1.30 to 3 PM CEST on the categorical channel.Live streaming on www.sport1.de and coverage on SPORT1+ start during 1 PM.