Hoonigan’s Bakkerud tops practice at Lydden Hill World RX

FIA World Rallycross round 4. Lydden Hill Race Circuit, Wooton. Picture: Matt Bristow

Andreas Bakkerud left it until late in practice for the 2016 FIA World Rallycross Championship World RX of Great Britain to top the time sheets at Lydden Hill with a time of 41.945 seconds.

Championship leader Mattias Ekström lead the way for the majority of the session but was pipped to the top spot by the Norwegian in the closing stages of the session as he finished just 0.078 seconds down.

Tanner Foust set about getting reacquainted with the Volkswagen Polo as he completed 19 laps to finish the session just behind Anton Marklund. The American is no stranger to the Kent circuit having previous won here in 2012 and 2013 and will be looking to take another victory after starting the year strong in the Red Bull Global Rallycross championship.

Timmy Hansen lead the Team Hansen Peugeot efforts with a time strong enough to finish in fifth place ahead of EKS RX‘s Topi Heikkinen.

Defending World Champion Petter Solberg completed 17 laps to finish the session in seventh place, just 0.002 seconds ahead of the Hoonigan Racing Ford Focus RX of Ken BlockSébastien Loeb and Kevin Hansen rounded out the top 10.

British rally star Guy Wilks finished the session down in nineteenth place and will be looking to improve over the course of the weekend after finishing in sixth place at the 2015 event. JRM‘s Liam Doran completed four laps as he gave the 2.0 litre engine its first competitive run out in the BMW Mini.

Cyril Raymond topped the times in RX Lites, while British rising star Dan Rooke put in the sixth fastest time on his début. Artis Baumanis was fastest of the Super 1600 runners.