14 October 2016

World RX moves to Germany

The penultimate round of this year’s FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy will take place in Buxtehude in Germany this weekend (14-16 October), writes Trish Whelan.

In the overall driver standings, it’s Mattias Ekstrom that tops the leaderboard with a 27 point lead over Johan Kristoffersson who is second.  If Ekstrom – who has forfeited the final round of DTM to compete in World RX - is able to establish a gap of more than 30 points this weekend, he will win the 2016 title.

Buxtehude also marks the final round of the FIA European Rallycross Championship for Super1600 and TouringCars. Twenty S1600 cars will compete in Germany where Denmark’s Ulrik Linnemann currently leads Krisztian Szabo by six points. The title race in TouringCars is set to go down to the wire between Ben-Philip Gundersen, Magda Andersson and Fredrik Magnussen who are separated by just ten points. Germany’s Ralf Evers makes his first start in the category driving a BMW E87.

The Estering is the second oldest track in the World RX calendar (Lydden Hill is the oldest), with the circuit having hosted international events since 1973.  Set 30 miles south of Hamburg, the traditional German RX track is only 950 metres long but is among the fastest of the year with a long, downhill run between turns one and two.