Champ under pressure

By: snowgood

May 29 2017

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Category: Audi, Cars, Sport

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Here the 2016 WRX Champion Mattias Ekstrom hurtles the long way round Chessons Drift on his “Joker” lap.

Behind the EKS Audi S1 Timmy Hansen’s Peugeot 208 WRX applies the pressure.

Those of you unfamiliar with WRX may be unfamiliar with the format.

Each round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship features small grids, usually of no more than 5 cars.

The quickest “works” teams are four wheel drive mid-engined machines, pumping out between 560-600 bhp.

Unlike F1 cars these highly tuned cars are only doing five lap sprints, and get a few outings on Saturday mornings, before the racing starts in earnest.

They start door handle to door handle, and surge towards the first corner.

Five cars don’t fit that well on a tight broken surface, so there’s usually at least one car “taking a joker” which is a longer route that each driver needs to take once in each race.

Drivers often arrive with more speed than they carry through the tight chicane, and hurl the cars sideways to scrub off speed and get the best traction when rejoining the main track.

Yesterday the Audi’s had a torrid time.  One blew up, one hit a barrier and the third one never looked that convincing.

Surprisingly the Peugeots looked even less competitive, even with 7 times World Rally Champion Sebastian Loeb at the helm.

His team mate (seen here) managed finished the event in 6th place on Sunday.

To see what the racing is like click here.


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