Round eight in a total of twelve will be held in Trois-Rivières and Mattias is returning to the wheel of our Audi S1 EKS RX quattro. After the summer break, during which we recharged its batteries, there is only one aim pursued for the overseas race: clinching the next victory. Three successes so far arent bad. But in Canada, were bent on winning our fourth big trophy, says Mattias. Thats absolutely realistic because this fast track suits me and our Audi S1 EKS RX quattro. It has a spectacular long straight and two jumps which are really good fun. Before round eight of the season, Mattias is ranking in third place of the drivers standings, just like we in the teams classification.
Topi has firmly set his sights on the next trophy as well. He was in the final in Canada the past three years, having clinched second place in 2015. My goal is to continue this string at Trois-Rivières. And of course Id like to be on podium again, says the Finn. In 2016, there were some rain showers immediately before the final. Petter Solberg and I were the only ones to enter the race on slicks. My start was perfect but on the wet track we werent fast enough to finish on podium.
On the street circuit, which also includes a section across a race track for horses, making it into the final is the minimum aim of our third driver Reinis as well. The Latvian used the summer break for a brief excursion into rally racing, finishing the Rally Latvia in fifth place overall. In addition, he tested the strength of his nerves in a bungee jump. Those were great experiences, but now Im happy that the World RX finally continues, says Reinis. I can hardly wait to get behind the wheel of my Audi S1 EKS RX quattro again in Canada and battling for championship points.
About Canada RX
Track Circuit Trois-Rivières, 125 km north-east of Montreal
Track length 1,370 m (Joker lap: 1,455 m)
Surface 59 % tarmac, 41 % gravel
Turns 4 left, 7 right
Top speed approx. 200 km/h
Entries 20 supercars
Lap record Timur Timerzyanov (RUS), 47.141s (2016)
Winner 2016 Timmy Hansen (S), 5m 17.826s
Race duration 4 laps (qualifying), 6 laps (semi-finals and final)
Schedule, local time (CEST 6 hours)
Friday, August 4
17.3018.30 Driver parade and press conference in Trois-Rivières (with Mattias Ekström)
Saturday, August 5
09.1510.55 Free practice 1 & 2
14.0015.00 Qualifying 1 (Q1)
16.3017.30 Qualifying 2 (Q2)
Sunday, August 6
09.3010.30 Qualifying 3 (Q3)
11.1512.30 Qualifying 4 (Q4)
15.0015.50 Semi-finals and final