Mattias Ekstrom made it three out of three World Rallycross wins in 2017 despite ending the opening day of qualifying ninth overall. He however went on to win his semi-final and then controlled the final race when he seized the lead as Kristoffersson’s Volkswagen bogged on the start line and the Swede would not relinquish it for the rest of the race as he led Kristofferson and Timmy Hansen’s Peugeot home.
Ekstrom’s EKS teammate, Toomas Heikkinen also made a great start from the back row to tackle former World Rally champions Sebastien Loeb and Petter Solberg after the first corner, Heikkinen and Loeb running side-by-side into the Sachs Kurve before Solberg made it three-wide to claim two positions from one move and run fourth.
Solberg moved to third when Hansen took his joker on lap two, but using the dryer inside line with more grip, Hansen re-passed Solberg into the first corner of lap three, and remained third to score his first podium of the season. Loeb jumped Solberg when the Norwegian took his joker on lap three, but moved back ahead of the Frenchman when also he took his joker on the final tour, the pair finishing fourth and fifth, with Heikkinen sixth