2018 FIA World Rallycross Championship – countdown to Round 8
Round 8 of the 2018 FIA World Rallycross Championship in Bretagne (France) is approaching fast. With just 5 of the 12 races to go, let’s take a look at the key developments in this electrifying season.
Can anyone stop Johan Kristoffersen?
The sensational Swede has not finished lower than 3rd since 2015 and is in scintillating form. Having won the last 4 legs of this year’s competition, he has a comfortable 55-point lead over his nearest rivals, Sébastien Loeb and Timmy Hansen (tied on 140 points).
If the man in the Polo R can make it 5 in a row in Bretagne, can anyone stop him from taking the 2018 Rallycross crown?
What’s happened to Mattias Ekström?
Ekström, another Swede with historic good form, has failed to steer his Audi to victory this season, despite having made almost every final. 6th overall, some believe him unlucky not to get a win; others say he has simply not been good enough.
Surely a win must be on the cards for this talented 2016 FIA World Rallycross Champion?
A comeback for Andreas Bakkerud?
Only 6 points separate 2nd and 6th place and the rankings battle is fierce. One man who badly wants a place on the podium is Norwegian Andreas Bakkerud.
He had a strong start to the season, driving in the first 6 finals. But Canada proved unkind: after suffering damage to his Audi’s rear-left suspension, he was eliminated in the semi-final.
No doubt he’ll be looking to return to winning ways with a 4th podium in France.
So far, the Peugeot team has put in a great performance: 3 of their drivers – Timmy Hansen, Kevin Hansen and Sébastien Loeb – are currently in the top 7.
Second-placed Loeb has been picking up podiums with ease in his revamped Peugeot 208 WRX Evo. “We’re competing against the top-factor cars now and have made great strides in the competition,” says the Frenchman.
Can Peugeot cement its position as leading Rallycross team by the end of the 2018 Championship?
Sunday 2 September 2018 – watch Round 8 of the FIA World Rallycross Championship LIVE from Bretagne on EDGEsport. Find out how you can watch it here.
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