Date: May 26–27, 2018
Track: Silverstone Circuit, 24 km south of Northampton
Track length: 0.972 km
Surface: 40 % tarmac, 60 % gravel
Turns: 3 left, 7 right
Top speed: approx. 162 km/h
Lap record: Timmy Hansen (S), 37.872s (2018)
Average speed: approx. 92.08 km/h
Winner in 2018: Johan Kristoffersson (S), 4m 00.899s
Silverstone Circuit is hosting a World RX round this year for the first time. The track on which the Formula 1 World Championship held its inaugural race on May 13, 1950 succeeds the “Home of Rallycross” at Lydden Hill.
Huge celebrations in Silverstone (Great Britain): in his fourth event for EKS Audi Sport in the FIA World Rallycross Championship (World RX), Andreas Bakkerud made the step onto the winners’ podium for the first time after finishing second. Mattias Ekström completed the strong showing of the powerful 580 hp Audi S1 EKS RX quattro with fourth place. The first outing for the World Rallycross Championship on the traditional race track in Silverstone was a complete success. Thousands of spectators celebrated for three long days the Speedmachine festival, at which they enjoyed incredibly exciting motorsport. As was the case in the opening three World Championship rounds, Audi, Peugeot and Volkswagen battled on a totally equal footing on the new race track.
For the third time this year, both EKS Audi Sport drivers qualified for the final featuring the best six. Starting alongside each other on the second row, Bakkerud held a better line in turn one and in doing so secured second place behind Johan Kristoffersson in the Volkswagen. The Norwegian missed out on victory by a mere 0.859 seconds. Ekström initially lay immediately behind the leading duo. After the joker lap, the Swede was passed by Sébastien Loeb and ultimately had to settle for fourth place.