See the RallyCross roadshow roll into Belgium

The thrills and spills came thick and fast as the big beasts of WRX hit the Mettet Circuit.
By Tim Sturtridge

Were there really people doubting the drama of the World RallyCross Championship ahead of this weekend's race meeting in Belgium? OK, so Mattias Ekström had got his title defence off to a faultless start with three wins, but with three quarters of the season remaining things were never going to be that straight forward.

And so it proved at the World RX of Belgium. Not only was Ekström denied his fourth consecutive win, but there was electrifying racing from Q1 through to the final.

Get Timmy Hansen's take on his brother's big crash in Belgium here and scroll down for explosive images from the race.

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Mattias Ekström arrived in Belgium on a roll
Mattias Ekström at the FIA World RallyCross Championship Mettet Circuit in Belgium on May 14, 2017.
Mattias Ekström arrived in Belgium on a roll The Swede hit the track at the Mettet Circuit having got the defence of his World RallyCross Championship off to the perfect start with wins in Spain, Portugal and Germany. © @World/Red Bull Content Pool
Loeb looking to apply some pressure
Sébastien Loeb at the FIA World RallyCross Championship Mettet Circuit in Belgium on May 14, 2017.
Loeb looking to apply some pressure Having reached the final race in the last two rounds, Sébastien Loeb had ambitions of cutting the gap to championship leader Ekström. © @World/Red Bull Content Pool
The rookie is on the move
Kevin Hansen at the FIA World RallyCross Championship Mettet Circuit in Belgium on May 14, 2017.
The rookie is on the move Teenager Kevin Hansen started his weekend with impressive results in Q1 and Q2 as he pushed his Peugeot 208 to the limit. © @World/Red Bull Content Pool
It’s a family affair
Timmy Hansen at the FIA World RallyCross Championship Mettet Circuit in Belgium on May 14, 2017.
It’s a family affair It’s also looking good for Kevin’s elder brother, Timmy, who’s getting quicker with each passing lap. © @World/Red Bull Content Pool
The weekend came to a premature end for Kevin
Kevin Hansen at the FIA World RallyCross Championship Mettet Circuit in Belgium on May 14, 2017.
The weekend came to a premature end for Kevin Kevin Hansen: “I rolled and my weekend came to a halt in Q3. I’m okay, apart from a few pains – especially my shoulder – which should clear up in a few days’ time. I will be ready for Lydden Hill.” © @World/Red Bull Content Pool
The brothers are going to work it out
Timmy Hansen and Kevin Hansen at the FIA World RallyCross Championship Mettet Circuit in Belgium on May 14, 2017.
The brothers are going to work it out Timmy Hansen: “It was hard to stay focused. My brother, Kevin, had a scary high-speed accident. He made a very small mistake at around 100kph and lost the rear of the car, hit a kerb on the second corner of a chicane and rolled the car.” © @World/Red Bull Content Pool
Loeb spins and misses out on the final
Sébastien Loeb at the FIA World RallyCross Championship Mettet Circuit in Belgium on May 14, 2017.
Loeb spins and misses out on the final Sébastien Loeb: “I was forced out to the outside of Turn 1, but I managed to fight back. Then a turbo hose came free and stopped the car. I hope things will go better for me at the next round at Lydden Hill.” © @World/Red Bull Content Pool
Another semi-final result for Heikkinen
Toomas Heikkinen at the FIA World RallyCross Championship Mettet Circuit in Belgium on May 14, 2017.
Another semi-final result for Heikkinen Team EKS RX driver Toomas Heikkinen added more points to Audi’s hunt for the WRX Constructors’ Championship. © @World/Red Bull Content Pool
Timmy Hansen hits the front
Timmy Hansen at the FIA World RallyCross Championship Mettet Circuit in Belgium on May 14, 2017.
Timmy Hansen hits the front Timmy Hansen: “To be able to drive such a fantastic car is what I live for! Unfortunately, I punctured on the last lap and I finished my joker lap in second place. How frustrating! I had victory in my grasp, but it’s still great to have finished on the podium again.” © @World/Red Bull Content Pool
Ekström’s winning run comes to the end
Mattias Ekström at the FIA World RallyCross Championship Mettet Circuit in Belgium on May 14, 2017.
Ekström’s winning run comes to the end Mattias Ekström: “I don’t care about records, I’m still leading the #WorldRX Drivers’ Championship.” © @World/Red Bull Content Pool