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Lydden Hill hosts Nitro Rallycross as Swede Robin Larsson scores commanding victory


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Lydden Hill hosted its first international rallycross meeting since 2019 at the weekend – and Swede Robin Larsson put in a commanding performance.

The 29-year-old dominated Nitro Rallycross’s first event outside America as the championship's new Group E electric era began.

Lydden hosted the first Nitro Rallycross round outside America. Pictures: Nitro Rallycross
Lydden hosted the first Nitro Rallycross round outside America. Pictures: Nitro Rallycross

Ten 1,000bhp FC1-X machines entered the meeting, which featured a new 90ft table-top jump and a banked first bend called 'Talladega'.

Larsson, a two-time European Rallycross champion, secured the top qualifier position on Saturday before backing that up on Sunday with a lights-to-flag drive in the eight-car final.

The Monster Energy RX Cartel driver led home team-mate Andreas Bakkerud and Finnish star Niclas Gronholm, who was a last-minute stand-in for injured Swede Kevin Eriksson.

"It was really important to have pole position and to control the race from there," Larsson said.

"It's been a perfect weekend for me and the team; I couldn't have asked for more.

Larsson, centre, celebrates with team-mate Andreas Bakkerud and Niclas Gronholm
Larsson, centre, celebrates with team-mate Andreas Bakkerud and Niclas Gronholm
Chesson's Drift has been turned into the new 'Talladega' turn
Chesson's Drift has been turned into the new 'Talladega' turn

"The electric cars need a completely different driving style to what I've driven before, especially on the tarmac – you can't send it into the fast corners like we used to with the normal car."

Jenson Button, the 2009 Formula 1 world champion, has signed up to Nitro Rallycross this season but was unable to race at Lydden due to a clashing commitment with Sky Sports F1 at the Canadian GP.

He was replaced in the Xite Energy Racing squad by five-time World Rally Championship event winner Kris Meeke, who qualified on the front-row for the final but was hit by reigning Nitro champion Travis Pastrana at the first bend.

In the supporting Supercar category, Adisham's Tristan Ovenden – fresh from claiming his first British Rallycross Supercar victory at Mondello Park in Ireland – took fourth spot in his Citroen DS3.

Larsson flies over the new table-top jump
Larsson flies over the new table-top jump

Jamaican Fraser McConnell (Hyundai i20) beat Audi S1 pilot Yury Belevskiy, with 18-year-old Patrick O’Donovan in third.

The next rallycross at Lydden Hill will be on November 5-6 when the British Rallycross Championship 5 Nations Trophy returns for its season finale. Click here for details

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