World RX – Kristoffersson claims dramatic Catalunya win
2020 World RX of Pirineus-Barcelona 2030 – Spherical 8 – Report
- Johan Kristoffersson claims victory at Logitech G FIA World RX of Catalunya
- Timmy Hansen and Anton Marklund take spherical eight podiums
- Andreas Bakkerud and Mattias Ekstrom star however miss out on high outcomes
Sweden’s Johan Kristoffersson claimed a dramatic victory on the Logitech G FIA World RX of Catalunya, spherical eight of the FIA World Rallycross Championship introduced by Monster Power (18 October).
The Kristoffersson Motorsport Volkswagen Polo driver’s twenty fourth profession victory ensured Kristoffersson maintained his benefit on the high of the Drivers’ standings, as he targets a record-breaking third crown.
Kristoffersson initially misplaced floor to KYB Staff JC’s Mattias Ekstrom, from Sweden, within the race for Drivers’ Championship factors on the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, as he certified fifth within the Intermediate Classification, with Ekstrom the highest qualifier.
Double World RX Champion (2017 and 2018) Kristoffersson received the higher hand over 2016 Champion Ekstrom within the semi-final phases, and used superior tempo to beat 2019 Drivers’ Champion Timmy Hansen, from Sweden, within the remaining.
Kristoffersson began second within the remaining and survived contact with Norway’s Andreas Bakkerud on the first nook to take the lead of the race. The flip one incident – during which Monster Power GCK RX Cartel’s Bakkerud was compelled into the wall on the within of the observe – ended the Norwegian’s race, his Renault Megane getting hit by the Audi S1 of KYB Staff JC’s Robin Larsson from Sweden, who additionally retired.
Kristoffersson led the ultimate for the primary three laps earlier than taking his joker lap – an alternate route that each driver should take at the least as soon as in each race – which gave Staff Hansen’s Timmy Hansen, from Sweden, the lead. Hansen took his joker on lap six and Kristoffersson moved again into the result in take victory. Hansen (Peugeot 208) added a second place to his victory from spherical seven within the Logitech G FIA World RX of Pirineus-Barcelona 2030. Sweden’s Anton Marklund, the GCK Bilsten driver, claimed his first podium of the season with third in a Renault Megane RS RX.
Ekstrom was labeled fourth after an issue within the remaining along with his Audi S1. He did nonetheless declare victory in spherical eight of the Champion Quick Begin Award and KYB Staff JC continues to guide the World RX Groups’ Championship standings.
“I had a terrific begin within the remaining, I noticed Andreas drop again, I didn’t count on him to be there – I believed he was additional again than he was. I couldn’t do something totally different be sincere, however from there on we jokered earlier than Timmy right this moment, I noticed Timmy had 4 new tyres however I had two new tyres and I gave it completely every part to handle to beat him. I’m simply so glad, we had tempo all day however couldn’t actually present it, I had visitors in each session. The semi-final was very good after which within the remaining we had good tempo. It’s an enormous aid,” stated winner Kristoffersson.
Hansen holds third within the World RX Drivers’ standings. “For the weekend as a complete, it’s a implausible end result, we’ve been placing in quite a lot of work and it’s actually paid off. The win yesterday will certainly be the spotlight, I’ll carry that with me. As we speak it didn’t fairly go our approach, I feel our tempo was perhaps higher at factors, however the race didn’t go our approach. I used to be fortunate within the remaining with the carnage, I got here out fairly properly and after that I attempted to take the battle to Johan however right this moment it went to him, so congratulations to him. I’m very glad, it’s been a implausible weekend for us,” he stated.
Marklund was delighted to attain his first podium of 2020. “It’s an enormous aid as a result of we had a podium in spherical one at Holjes the place we completed third, however sadly received a punishment and received moved down. After that we haven’t actually had the tempo and the group has been working so laborious. Bilstein has been working so laborious too and now it begins to repay. The automotive is behaving very properly and we now have the tempo. It was a little bit of a wrestle within the remaining as a result of I used to be on 4 used tyres, and already on lap one I believed the others had been too fast for me, however we managed to carry it collectively and climbed as much as third place. I’m actually happy,” stated Marklund.
GRX Taneco’s Niclas Gronholm, from Finland, and Timur Timerzyanov, from Russia had been fourth and fifth within the group’s Hyundai i20s in semi-final two. Belgium’s Enzo Ide made his first ever World RX semi-final for Staff JC Raceteknik and completed sixth in semi-final two with an Audi S1. Staff Hansen’s Kevin Hansen (Peugeot 208), from Sweden, certified for the entrance row of semi-final one with third within the Intermediate Classification however misplaced time in visitors and ended up fourth. Germany’s Timo Scheider was fifth in semi-final one with ALL-INKL.COM Muennich Motorsport’s Seat Ibiza and Hungary’s Tamas Karai (Audi S1) completed sixth.
ALL-INKL.COM Muennich Motorsport’s Mandie August (Seat Ibiza), from Germany, certified thirteenth within the Intermediate Classification in her second ever World RX begin. Xite Racing’s Oliver Bennett (BMW Mini), from Nice Britain was 14th, France’s Patrick Guillerme (Hyundai i20) was fifteenth and Monster Power GCK RX Cartel’s Liam Doran (Renault Megane), from Nice Britain scored the ultimate Championship level in sixteenth.
Switzerland’s Yuri Belevskiy (Audi A1) claimed his second victory of the weekend in spherical two of the FIA European Rallycross Championship for Super1600. The Volland Racing driver took most factors from the Intermediate Classification, semi-final and remaining victory to increase his Championship lead. Russia’s Marat Kniazev (Audi A1) completed second and Hungary’s Gergely Marton (Audi A1) accomplished the rostrum. Russia’s Artur Egorov (Audi A1), Portugal’s Joao Ribeiro (Skoda Fabia) and Czech Republic’s Josef Susta (Skoda Fabia) accomplished the ultimate finishers.
Paul Bellamy, Senior Vice President of Motorsports Occasions at IMG, concluded: “Congratulations to Johan for an additional victory in his quest to win the 2020 World RX Drivers’ Championship. It was good to see our 2019 title protagonists, Timmy Hansen and Andreas Bakkerud battling again on the entrance the place they belong this weekend and it’s an enormous disgrace that Andreas was unable to problem for a podium end right this moment. Properly accomplished to Timmy and Anton for ending on the rostrum and to Yuri for his double victory in Euro RX Super1600 this weekend. I’m positive all the groups and drivers shall be working laborious now forward of the subsequent spherical at Spa-Francorchamps.”
The ninth spherical of the FIA World Rallycross Championship takes place on the Spa World RX of Benelux (21-22 November).