In theory rallycross should be able to provide the answer to the age-old question: who’s fastest - race or rally drivers?

Why? Because as the name implies, rallycross is part-rally and part-race, with up to six cars at a time lining up on the part-asphalt, part-dirt track to do battle over a handful of laps. As such, it should be a level playing field for drivers from both sides of the fence. Certainly the World Rallycross event at Lydden Hill proved last weekend that it is a sport that provides plenty of thrills.

But did it answer that age-old question? In the racing corner there were headline acts such as former DTM saloon car champion Matthias Ekström and British Touring Car Championship winner Andrew Jordan. Representing the cream of World Rally Championship talent were former world champion Petter Solberg and Junior World Rally Championship event winner Guy Wilks.

As for the answer, well, Solberg emerged as victor, but by just four-tenths from Ekström. Jordan starred for the second year in succession, despite his outings being one-offs, setting fastest time in the heats and making the semi-finals. And Wilks, after three years out of competition and in a car with a less powerful engine than everyone else’s, rocked the establishment and made the final.