- Johan Kristoffersson wins on World RX’s return to Finland
- Home hero Juha Rytkonen rankings dream debut consequence
- Reigning Drivers’ champion Timmy Hansen makes it three teams on podium
Sweden’s Johan Kristoffersson claimed a coveted tidy sweep in spherical three of the FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Vitality, at the CapitalBox World RX of Finland, a hit every session to prolong his Drivers’ Championship lead at the recent time (29 August).
Kristoffersson Motorsport’s driver was as soon as TQ (top qualifier) within the Intermediate Classification, won semi-closing one and the closing to bag his 2nd get rid of of the season – following victory in spherical on at Holjes in Sweden closing weekend.
Finland’s Juha Rytkonen was as soon as a enormous name performer, racing a Hyundai i20 Supercar for the GRX SET crew. He was as soon as fourth in qualifying, won semi-closing two and carried out 2nd within the closing, one situation earlier than Sweden’s Timmy Hansen, the reigning World RX Drivers’ Champion struggling with aid from a fancy opening to the season per week within the past.
Hansen didn’t have the tempo to study Kristoffersson or Rytkonen at the entrance of the six-lap closing on the Kouvola circuit, but claimed the closing podium discipline in a drag for the attain line with Finnish massive name Niclas Gronholm. Competing at dwelling for GRX Taneco, Gronholm carried out fourth. Germany’s Timo Scheider, the ALL-INKL.COM Muennich Motorsport driver, was as soon as fifth and Crew Hansen’s Kevin Hansen, from Sweden, made the closing following an opportunistic overtake on lap some of the semi-closing two and carried out the closing sixth.
Kristoffersson’s 22nd occupation victory was as soon as accompanied by a hit spherical three of the original-for-2020 Champion Mercurial Delivery up Award. “The closing was as soon as very, very factual. I had a in point of fact factual launch, take care of I had all day and from there on, the music was as soon as corresponding to the plot it was as soon as within the semi-closing, so we also can adapt a dinky bit and accomplish some small changes for the closing which worked out successfully. I truly have to thank the crew at the recent time, we did reasonably a number of work and keep reasonably a number of effort into this weekend, in particular having easiest one automobile on a brand original music to be taught. It’s been reasonably tricky but it surely feels very good to get rid of practice, Q1, Q2, Q3, my semi-closing and closing at the recent time,” said Kristofferson.
Rytkonen’s 2nd situation marked the first podium of the season for a Gronholm RX Hyundai i20. “I’m truly ecstatic. The crew is terribly, very factual. I did not request of this in any respect. I appropriate kept pushing within the closing, I had Topi [Toomas Heikkinen] on the radio giving me records and he’s terribly factual, that helps lots,” said Rytkonen.
Despite not making it into the closing in spherical three, Mattias Ekstrom stays 2nd within the Drivers’ standings, with the Hansen brothers tied in third. Timmy Hansen was as soon as ecstatic to his first podium of the season at Kouvola. “It was as soon as a exhausting closing, I came out in third and from there it was as soon as a drag of tempo. When Rytkonen took the joker I knew that we were racing for discipline. Dad was as soon as pushing me so exhausting on the radio, in particular the two closing laps was as soon as entirely everything I also can give. It wasn’t ample for more than third at the recent time but I’m ecstatic for this. It’s a vast step from Holjes in Sweden closing weekend when we didn’t truly know what was as soon as going on and Kevin claimed a P2, but we were a dinky bit off the tempo. After your total work we’ve carried out this week to be rewarded with a podium feels unbelievable,” said Hansen.
First reserve for the closing was as soon as Monster Vitality RX Cartel’s Andreas Bakkerud, from Norway, who was as soon as third in Q2 and appropriate ignored a situation within the closing with fourth in semi-closing one within the Renault Megane. Finland’s Jere Kalliokoski returned to World RX in a Ford Fiesta and was as soon as fourth in semi-closing two, in entrance of every KYB Crew JC drivers. Sweden’s Robin Larsson was as soon as classified fifth but retired with a entrance puncture on his Audi S1. Ekstrom certified on pole discipline but retired from the drag on the 2nd lap. GRX Taneco’s Timur Timerzyanov, from Russia, and GCK Bilstein’s Anton Marklund, from Sweden, were fourth and fifth in semi-closing one.
Hungary’s Tamas Karai was as soon as 13th within the Intermediate Classification on his first World RX launch of the season, after racing within the FIA European Rallycross Championship at Holjes-Sweden. France’s Guerlain Chicherit was as soon as highest positioned of the Unkorrupted drivers within the crew’s Renault Clios, with Netherland’s Kevin Abbring 18th on his debut with the crew. Finland’s Jani Paasonen took 15th in his dwelling tournament for Ferratum Crew. ALL-INKL.COM Muennich Motorsport’s Rene Muennich was as soon as 16th, Monster Vitality GCK RX Cartel’s Liam Doran over again showed factual tempo but had a disappointing spherical and was as soon as 17th. Extraordinary Finnish Rallycross Champion Atro Maatta was as soon as 19th within the Intermediate Classification.
Paul Bellamy, Senior Vice President of Motorsports Events at IMG, concluded: “Congratulations to Johan for claiming any other get rid of, and to Juha for producing this kind of solid force. Also to Timmy, take care of all of teams within the paddock Crew Hansen has worked exhausting within the week between Sweden and Finland to search out every bit of performance they can. As a result of the Finnish tournament organisers and partners for delivering this tournament from nothing in objective eight weeks, and to the FIA and teams for their persevering with efforts in sophisticated cases this year. 350 personnel took PCR checks, returned negative outcomes and proceed to examine original working practises to enable these events to retract situation.
“I’m having a ogle ahead to more gargantuan racing in spherical four the next day, after which we are able to have the 2nd edition of the original RX After Note fuelled by Monster Vitality on our Facebook and YouTube channels.
The fourth spherical of the FIA World Rallycross Championship takes situation the next day (30 August), also at the CapitalBox World RX of Finland in Kouvola.