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23/05/17

Time to say goodbye

50 years after the first race at the “home of rallycross,” World RX will be moving on to Silverstone in 2018. We have many memories of the Lydden Hill Race Circuit. Track sections such as Devil’s Elbow and Hairy Hill enjoy cult status. “This year, we’ll be on the grid for the third time at Lydden Hill and the races have always been great fun,” says Mattias. “Especially my duels with Petter Solberg are legendary.”

In 2016, when Mattias clinched victory there, fans were treated to racing in a class of its own. In the final, he relegated Petter Solberg to second place following a fierce battle, his advantage at the finish amounting to a mere 1.142 seconds. “We didn’t have an easy weekend,” Mattias says in retrospect. “In Q1, we had engine issues and in Q4, I had a puncture. We kept cool, took it easy on our tires for the semi-finals and the final, and had the necessary amount of fortune to clinch victory.”

Featuring many fast sections on tarmac, the track suits circuit racers well. The gravel section, Pilgrims, has repeatedly made for daredevil overtaking maneuvers and headlines. The track layout is generally fluid and offers many good overtaking opportunities. “I really like the circuit,” says Topi. “Devil’s Elbow is one of the best turns on the whole World RX calendar.” Reinis competing in our third Audi S1 EKS RX quattro is equally enthusiastic: “A fantastic track! In 2015, I was in the final and came fifth. This time I want to be in contention at the very front.”

About Lydden Hill RX

Track Lydden Hill Race Circuit, some 5 kilometers away from Dover
Track length 1.335 km (Joker lap: 1.420 km)
Surface 60% tarmac, 40% gravel
Turns 3 left, 4 right
Top speed approx. 173 km/h
Entries 24 supercars
Lap record Petter Solberg (N), 40.848s (2016)
Winner 2016 Mattias Ekström (S), 4m 17.809s
Race duration 4 laps (qualifying), 6 laps (semi-finals and final)

Schedule, local time (CEST – 1 hour)

Friday, May 26
16.00–16.15 Press conference and grid announcement Q1

Saturday, May 27
10.00–12.00 Free practice
12.30–13.40 Qualifying 1 (Q1)
14.50–16.00 Qualifying 2 (Q2)

Sunday, May 28
11.00–11.30 Qualifying 3 (Q3)
12.00–13.00 Qualifying 4 (Q4)
15.00–15.50 Semi-finals and final