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The UK’s shortest road racing circuit, Lydden Hill Race Circuit, is also the birthplace of the sport of rallycross. This weekend, Europe’s premiere rallycross series, the FIA’s World Rallycross Championship, returns to its native territory for the fourth round of the series and Audi will be looking to extend its lead in the series.
Not only does team EKS, running a pair of Audi S1s, lead the team standings, its driver Mattias Ekstrom leads the driver’s championship, thanks to back-to-back victories in the previous two rounds.
Ekstrom will be eager to make it three, but he hasn’t always had good luck at Lydden Hill. Last year, he lost by a nose to reigning world champion, Petter Solberg.
Adding to the challenge will be Tanner Foust—in a Volkswagen Polo RX—who has won twice at Lydden Hill and who has won both Red Bull Global Rallycross races so far.
In all, 63 cars are entered in this weekend’s event, with 24 of them in the Supercar class, in which Ekstrom is competing.
The S1 has everything it takes to win this year. The car is fast, Ekstrom is on fire, and with any luck it will all come together for the hat trick.