PETTER SOLBERG: Winner of the 2014 World Rallycross series and in the closest race win in history. Image: Supplied
• Six races,six different winners
• Closest finish in RX history
• Petter Soldberg takes title
A short video highlighting the best action from the 2014 World Rallycross championship has been released on the official World RX YouTube page. Get the background, take a look...
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The three-minute video captures the excitement of the season’s first half which saw six different winners from six races: Petter Solberg (World RX of Portugal winner), Andreas Bakkerud (UK winner), Reinis Nitiss (Norway), Tanner Foust (Finland), Mattias Ekstrom (Sweden) and Topi Heikkinen (Belgium).
The second half of the year saw rallycross break new ground as it travelled to Canada for the first time and Solberg became the first double winner in World RX. The French RX round which followed attracted a crowd of more than 70 000.
The 2014 season will also be remembered for producing the closest finish in rallycross history: Petter Solberg pipped double DTM champion Mattias Ekstrom by a mere 0.004sec to win in Germany. It was the closest winning margin in the sport’s 47-year history.
FIGHT ALL WAY TO ARGENTINA
Round 10 in Italy saw Solberg accrue enough points to become the inaugural World Rallycross champion with two events left. The PSRX driver also entered the record books as the first person to become an International Automobile Federation World champion in two disciplines.
Turkey RX was the penultimate round of the season and was staged at the former F1 venue, Intercity Istanbul Park, which Bakkerud went on to win.
The fight for the Teams’ championship went down to the final event in Argentina where Ford Olsbergs MSE clinched the victory over competitors Volkswagen Marklund and Team Peugeot-Hansen.