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PETTER SOLBERG SETS PACE IN GERMANY RX Q3

Norway’s Petter Solberg won the last race of Q3 to set the fastest time in a session run in drying conditions at the Estering in Germany, round 11 of the FIA World Rallycross Championship.

Solberg’s time was over two seconds faster than Sweden’s Kevin Hansen, who won the fifth race of Q3 to initially be quickest. The 2016 Euro RX champion made a brilliant start from the outside of the grid, which was replicated by his Peugeot-Hansen colleague Sebastien Loeb in race six, the French driver then being passed by Solberg at turn one. Loeb was just faster than Hansen in the overall order to be second. Championship leader Mattias Ekstrom finished behind Solberg and Loeb in the final race of the session and was fourth quickest. Johan Kristoffersson was fifth and Andreas Bakkerud ended up sixth sixth, the pair both mathematically able win the championship and battled with each other on track in race five.

When the track was at its most slippery, Tanner Foust struck back from a difficult first day in Germany to win his race and be ninth fastest overall, sandwiched between Peugeot-Hansen team mates Timmy Hansen and Davy Jeanney in the end results. 13th fastest for Ken Block keeps the American driver inside the top 12 ahead of Q4 which takes place later this morning, with Topi Heikkinen and Kevin Eriksson also inside the semi-final qualifying positions. 

Supercar newcomer Cyril Raymond and experienced driver Anton Marklund had a close battle in race three, Raymond on wet tyres with Marklund on drys before Raymond was slowed by a problem.

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