There’s a good chance you’ll have seen it by now. On the afternoon of Sunday 16 October, Kevin Eriksson lined up on the second row for the final race of the German round of the World Rallycross Championship.
Going into the first bend, he was stuck near the outside and in roughly fourth place (it’s hard to tell), until the five drivers inside him slowed for the corner and started bundling their way through it. Eriksson, outrageously, slung his Ford Fiesta sideways – virtually backwards – and turned in across the noses of all five other cars and, with all four wheels spinning, drove into the lead.
It’s one of the most spectacular, audacious and ludicrous overtaking manoeuvres in recent motor racing history and, within the space of three days, has been seen more than three million times online via official video channels alone – and countless millions more through social media.
Here's the video:
On the same day, France’s Sébastien Ogier won his fourth World Rally Championship in a row, coming straight off the back of Sébastien Loeb’s nine. Only two car makers and two drivers have won the WRC title since 2004, and were I in charge of the World Rally Championship and watching Eriksson’s move in Germany, I’d shudder. To me – to millions – World RX is where it’s at.