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17/09/17

Well done, Nico!

On the challenging track in the Latvian capital, the drivers had to deal with constantly changing conditions yet again. After sunshine on Saturday morning the heavens opened. On Sunday the track dried out very slowly before it started to rain lightly again just before the final. “Despite the changing weather conditions, it was a really good weekend for us,” said Mattias. “For the first time we had four cars in the semi-final and my second place. I’m especially pleased for Nico who made the final in only his second event.”

The Audi DTM driver beamed with joy after the final: “I’m mega happy,” summarized the Swiss. “It was fantastic to start in the final with Mattias. A big thank you to the entire team for the support.” Reinis missed making the final in front of his home crowd. Nevertheless the Latvian drew a positive upshot: “On the whole it was a good weekend. Unfortunately, I lost a little ground after the start in the semi-final, but it is always a special feeling to race in front of your own fans. I think we were a great advert for World RX.”

Topi’s weekend did not end as planned. After the first day, the Finn held the lead in the classification and justifiably hoped to finish well up the field. However, in the semi-final a driveshaft broke. “Unfortunately you can’t turn the clocks back. Now I have to look to the future,” said Topi. In just two weeks the 26-year old has the chance to strike back. The eleventh of twelve world championship rounds is held at the Estering close to Buxtehude on September 30 and October 1.

FIA World Rallycross Championship 2017 – round 10, Riga – Result Final

1 Johan Kristoffersson (S) 5m 06.673s
2 Mattias Ekström (S) +2.365s
3 Sébastien Loeb (F) +3.919s
4 Andreas Bakkerud (N) +4.534s
5 Janis Baumanis (LV) +10.053s
6 Nico Müller (CH) +20.976s

Drivers’ standings FIA World Rallycross Championship 2017 (after 10 of 12 races)

1 Johan Kristoffersson (S) 271 points (World Champion 2017)
2 Petter Solberg (N) 209 points
3 Mattias Ekström (S) 204 points
4 Sébastien Loeb (F) 194 points
5 Andreas Bakkerud (N) 165 points
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7 Toomas Heikkinen (FIN) 99 points
14 Reinis Nitišs (LV) 64 points


Team standings FIA World Rallycross Championship 2017 (after 10 of 12 races)

1 PSRX Volkswagen Sweden 480 points (World Champions 2017)
2 Team Peugeot Hansen 346 points
3 EKS 303 points
4 Hoonigan Racing Division 263 points