EKSRX‘s Mattias Ekstrom has continued his current trend in 2016 by leading the overnight standings after the first day’s action at this years World RX of Belgium.
Ekstrom leads the standings after setting the second fastest time in Q1 and then going on to be fastest in Q2 in his Audi S1, however the driver who currently sits in second will be a surprise to many: Sebastien Loeb.
The Team Peugeot-Hansen driver went fastest in Q1 in his 208 WRX and then followed this up by going seventh fastest in Q2. Completing the top three is World RX Team Austria’s Timur Timerzyanov where the Russian driver was seventh fastest in Q1 before going second fastest in Q2, less than two-tenths of a second behind Ekstrom.
Following these three drivers in fourth place is Volkswagen RX Sweden’s Johan Kristoffersson, who made his intent clear in Free Practice by going fastest in both sessions. Kristoffersson followed this up by setting the fourth fastest time in Q1 and went third fastest in Q2.
Portugal winner Petter Solberg lies in fifth place ahead of the second World RX Team Austria Fiesta of Janis Baumanis. Kristoffersson’s team-mate Anton Marklund is in seventh place with Timmy Hansen eighth fastest and OlsbergMSE guest driver Francois Duval in ninth place. Duval has already made it clear he is looking for a Semi-Final spot and is already halfway to achieving that target.
Completing the vital top twelve positions are Meunnich Motorsports Renis Nitiss in the SEAT Ibiza RX with regular OlsbergMSE driver Kevin Eriksson in eleventh place ahead of Peugeot-Hansen Academy driver Davy Jeanney.
World RX of Hockenheim Finalists Robin Larsson and Liam Doran currently sit in thirteenth and fourteenth respectively with work to do.