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Emotional Estering!

The 2017 FIA World Rallycross Championship is visiting Germany for the second time this year. Following the round at Hockenheim in May, the Estering in Buxtehude will host the penultimate event of the season. Mattias is battling for the fourth victory this season at the track, where he became the drivers’ world champion last year. “My memories of 2016 are still very much present,” says Mattias. “That’s when a dream came true. The World RX title in spite of fifth place in the final – incredible!” The tradition-steeped track near Hamburg features one of the most spectacular corners on the whole rallycross calendar. The narrow Turn 1 on the short, 952-meter track separates the wheat from the chaff and keeps delivering spectacular maneuvers. Like in the 2016 final when Kevin Eriksson from position five passed the field to take the top spot. The following sections are marked by full-throttle ones in which overtaking without mistakes by rivals is near-impossible. That is why a perfect start and the right tactics on the Joker lap are all the more important.

We have tested this year at the Estering, so entering the race weekend with respective self-confidence. “We’re traveling to Buxtehude loaded with confidence,” says Topi. “The test at the Estering provided us with a lot of valuable data that we can now use to finish far at the front.” Reinis shares this view: “In 2016, I was condemned to spectating, but this year’ I’m going for all-out attack again. The most recent round at Riga gave us a lot of new findings. Our minimum aim is to make it into the semi-finals of the twelve drivers with the best points scores with all Audi S1 EKS RX quattro cars.”

About Estering RX

Track Estering in Buxtehude, 35 km southwest of Hamburg
Track length 0.952 km (Joker lap: 0.890 km)
Surface 60% tarmac, 40% gravel
Turns 3 left, 6 right
Top speed approx. 176 km/h
Entries 23 supercars (World RX)
Lap record Robin Larsson (S), 35.971s. (2015)
Winner 2016 Kevin Eriksson (S), 3m 51.944s
Race duration 4 laps (qualifying), 6 laps (semi-finals and final)

Schedule World RX, local time (CEST)

Friday, September 29
16:00–16:30 Press conference

Saturday, September 30
10:15–11:30 Free practice
12:30–13:30 Qualifying 1 (Q1)
15:00–16:00 Qualifying 2 (Q2)

Sunday, October 1
10:00–10:45 Qualifying 3 (Q3)
11:45–12:30 Qualifying 4 (Q4)
15:00–15:50 Semi-finals and final