Reigning Champion Mattias Ekstrom has won round one of the 2017 FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy in Barcelona after taking a lights-to-flag victory at the wheel of his Audi S1 EKS RX quattro. Germany’s Timo Scheider finished runner-up in his MJP Racing-run Ford Fiesta RXS Supercar after a stunning drive which saw the German also finish as top qualifier at the Intermediate Classification stage. Hoonigan Racing Division’s Andreas Bakkerud was third in the Ford Focus RS RX Supercar.
In the FIA European Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy (Euro RX), where Barcelona marked the first of five rounds it was Sweden’s Anton Marklund who took the victory in the Marklund Motorsport run Volkswagen Polo. Hungary’s Tamas Pal Kiss and Ireland’s Ollie O’Donovan finished second and third respectively.
“Yesterday was probably the most challenging of my RX career,