World RX – Hansen victorious in Catalan thriller
2020 World RX of Pirineus-Barcelona 2030 – Spherical 7 – Report
- Timmy Hansen takes victory in Catalunya to grow to be fourth 2020 World RX winner
- Johan Kristoffersson takes second and extends Drivers’ standings lead
- Kevin Hansen makes it double-podium for Group Hansen
Sweden’s Timmy Hansen raced to victory on the Logitech G FIA World RX of Pirineus-Barcelona 2030, spherical seven of the FIA World Rallycross Championship offered by Monster Vitality (17 October), his first victory since successful the 2019 Drivers’ title.
The reigning champion certified for the entrance row of the ultimate with a full set of recent tyres at his disposal on Group Hansen’s Peugeot 208 Supercar. Sweden’s Johan Kristoffersson, the 2020 Drivers’ Championship chief with three victories to his identify, began from pole place and led the ultimate race within the opening section, however when he took his joker lap – an alternate route that each driver a lot take as soon as in every race – on lap six, Hansen moved into the lead following a sequence of near-perfect laps, and Kristoffersson needed to accept second on the end line.
Hansen’s victory – by lower than half a second – makes him the fourth totally different 2020 winner from seven rounds, and lifted him to 3rd within the Drivers’ standings. Kristoffersson Motorsport’s Kristoffersson, driving a Volkswagen Polo, had taken the TQ (high qualifier) place within the Intermediate Classification, and the win in semi-final one and second within the last helped the 2017 and 2018 World RX Champion lengthen his 2020 standings result in 25 factors.
Sweden’s Kevin Hansen was second to staff mate and older brother Timmy Hansen in semi-final two and completed third within the last to repeat the double-podium for Group Hansen from the Catalan spherical in 2019.
Finland’s Niclas Gronholm, the GRX Taneco driver, battled his strategy to fourth within the last. He overtook 2020 title challenger and 2016 Drivers’ Champion Mattias Ekstrom, from Sweden, in the course of the last. KYB Group JC’s Ekstrom overcame technical challenges along with his Audi S1 in the course of the seventh spherical of the season to complete fifth and stays in title rivalry with three rounds of the season remaining. KYB Group JC maintained its place within the lead of the Groups’ Championship standings.
Monster Vitality GCK RX Cartel’s Andreas Bakkerud, from Norway, delivered his strongest efficiency of the season to this point. He set the quickest time in Q2 and completed sixth within the last.
“It appears like I’ve simply crushed the unbeatable one. For therefore a few years now we have chased that Volkswagen, as a non-public staff, as a manufacturing unit staff with Peugeot and now as a non-public staff once more. The fellows have achieved some magic again house, we’ve been testing actually arduous however we’re onto one thing and we got here right here feeling we had the tempo. However, I wanted to get the whole lot out of myself in that last, it was arduous simply to maintain up with Johan at first, then from the second I took the joker I wanted to get each single nook 100% proper. I have to say I used to be even a bit fortunate a few instances on these laps, however that was the whole lot I’ve received. Johan has once more achieved a implausible weekend however lastly I managed to beat him in a last and it feels implausible to be the winner,” mentioned Timmy Hansen.
Kristoffersson was happy with one other robust factors haul. The Swede additionally gained the spherical seven Champion Quick Begin Award. “It’s been particulars right here and there at the moment. Q2 was not optimum, the beginning within the last was additionally not good, however nonetheless I managed to get out first after the beginning. However all these issues are small particulars, for the general image I’ve to be very blissful, to take 27 factors and lengthen the lead within the Championship. The tempo was implausible from free apply one, now we have to be blissful and respect our rivals as effectively, Timmy and the entire Hansen staff have achieved a implausible job between the races, I’ve seen they’ve been testing and pushing on and that’s what retains us on our toes as effectively,” mentioned Kristoffersson.
Kevin Hansen’s podium was his second of the season. “What a day. Timmy has achieved completely extremely, Barcelona and him is a magic mixture. I noticed in his eyes earlier than the ultimate that he wished the win at the moment. For me it was a great flip one within the last, I got here out third however simply missed a little bit of velocity to Timmy and Johan forward. In the present day they have been in a category of their very own. I’m super-pumped to be on the rostrum once more, and for the staff to get one other double podium in Barcelona. Lastly it’s some payback for all of the work we’re doing and placing our life, sole and fervour into it,” he mentioned.
Russia’s Timur Timerzyanov, the GRX Taneco driver, was fourth in semi-final one in a Hyundai i20 after he misplaced time at the beginning. Xite Racing’s Oliver Bennett, from Nice Britain, made a return to World RX and was fifth. Germany’s Timo Scheider, racing for ALL-INKL.COM Muennich Motorsport, retired on the second lap of the primary semi-final with a technical drawback. GCK Bilstein’s Anton Marklund, from Sweden, set high thrice in qualifying and completed fourth in semi-final two, forward of KYB Group JC’s Robin Larsson, from Sweden. Larsson made it into the semi-finals as the primary reserve. He initially certified thirteenth within the Intermediate Classification following a retirement from his Q2 race and a penalty for first nook contact, he then battled with Marklund on the primary lap of the semi-final however ended up fifth. Monster Vitality GCK RX Cartel’s Liam Doran, from Nice Britain, was labeled sixth in semi-final two.
Belgium’s Enzo Ide was thirteenth within the last classification. On his first begin of the season the Audi S1 driver, racing with Group JC Raceteknik certified in twelfth however withdrew forward of the semi-finals with a technical situation. That lifted KYB Group JC’s Robin Larsson into the highest 12. Hungary’s Tamas Karai was 14th, France’s Patrick Guillerme was fifteenth with in a Hyundai i20 and on her debut in World RX, ALL-INKL.COM Muennich Motorsport’s Mandie August, from Germany scored a Championship level in sixteenth.
The primary spherical of the FIA European Rallycross Championship for Super1600 additionally befell on the Logitech G FIA World RX of Pirineus-Barcelona 2030. Switzerland’s Yuri Belevskiy, the Volland Racing Audi A1 driver, began on the entrance row of the grid for the ultimate and overtook teammate Gergely Marton, from Hungary, on lap one of many race to take victory. Finland’s Rasmus Tuominen drove to 3rd place on his European Championship debut with a SET Promotion Renault Twingo. Norway’s Marius Bermingrud (Audi A1), Russia’s Arthur Egorov (Audi A1) and Portugal’s Joao Ribeiro (Skoda Fabia) accomplished the ultimate finishers.
Paul Bellamy, Senior Vice President of Motorsports Occasions at IMG, concluded: “What an excellent day of motion we’ve had on the Logitech G FIA World RX of Pirineus-Barcelona 2030. The native organisers have achieved an awesome job to ship his double-header weekend in difficult international circumstances, and the drivers did the enterprise on observe. Congratulations to Timmy, Johan and Kevin for ending on the rostrum, it reveals simply how aggressive the Championship is that this yr that we’ve had 4 winners in seven rounds and we are able to’t wait to do all of it once more in spherical eight tomorrow within the Logitech G FIA World RX of Catalunya earlier than the fourth version of the brand new RX After Observe fuelled by Monster Vitality on our Facebook and YouTube channels.”
The eighth spherical of the FIA World Rallycross Championship takes place tomorrow (18 October), additionally at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya for the Logitech G FIA World RX of Catalunya.