Sweden’s Timmy Hansen raced to victory at the Logitech G FIA World RX of Pirineus-Barcelona 2030, round seven of the FIA World Rallycross Championship supplied by Monster Energy (17 October), his first victory since successful the 2019 Drivers’ title.
The reigning champion precise for the front row of the closing with a tubby express of recent tyres at his disposal on Team Hansen’s Peugeot 208 Supercar. Sweden’s Johan Kristoffersson, the 2020 Drivers’ Championship leader with three victories to his name, began from pole express and led the closing flee in the gap segment, but when he took his joker lap – an replacement route that every driver valuable take as soon as in every flee – on lap six, Hansen moved into the lead following a assortment of advance-supreme laps, and Kristoffersson needed to settle for 2d at the enact line.
Hansen’s victory – by decrease than half a 2d – makes him the fourth assorted 2020 winner from seven rounds, and lifted him to third in the Drivers’ standings. Kristoffersson Motorsport’s Kristoffersson, driving a Volkswagen Polo, had taken the TQ (high qualifier) express in the Intermediate Classification, and the steal in semi-closing one and 2d in the closing helped the 2017 and 2018 World RX Champion lengthen his 2020 standings consequence in 25 gains.
Sweden’s Kevin Hansen used to be 2d to team mate and older brother Timmy Hansen in semi-closing two and accomplished third in the closing to repeat the double-podium for Team Hansen from the Catalan round in 2019.
Finland’s Niclas Gronholm, the GRX Taneco driver, battled his plan to fourth in the closing. He overtook 2020 title challenger and 2016 Drivers’ Champion Mattias Ekstrom, from Sweden, for the length of the closing. KYB Team JC’s Ekstrom overcame technical challenges along with his Audi S1 for the length of the seventh round of the season to enact fifth and remains in title competition with three rounds of the season final. KYB Team JC maintained its express in the lead of the Groups’ Championship standings.
Monster Energy GCK RX Cartel’s Andreas Bakkerud, from Norway, delivered his strongest performance of the season to this point. He express the quickest time in Q2 and accomplished sixth in the closing.
“It feels cherish I’ve actual beaten the unbeatable one. For thus decades we occupy now chased that Volkswagen, as a non-public team, as a factory team with Peugeot and now as a non-public team over again. The guys occupy completed some magic benefit dwelling, we’ve been checking out if truth be told onerous but we’re onto something and we came right here feeling we had the tempo. Nevertheless, I wanted to win the entirety out of myself in that closing, it used to be onerous actual to take care of with Johan in the starting, then from the 2d I took the joker I wanted to win every single nook 100% correct. I have to instruct I used to be even a little lucky just a few occasions on these laps, but that used to be the entirety I’ve bought. Johan has over again completed an excellent weekend but at closing I managed to beat him in a closing and it feels incredible to be the winner,” said Timmy Hansen.
Kristoffersson used to be chuffed with one other solid gains haul. The Swede also won the round seven Champion Snappy Launch Award. “It’s been particulars right here and there at the recent time. Q2 used to be no longer optimum, the open in the closing used to be also no longer supreme, but unruffled I managed to win out first after the open. Nevertheless all these items are cramped particulars, for the final image I ought to be very pleased, to take 27 gains and lengthen the lead in the Championship. The tempo used to be incredible from free put together one, we ought to appreciate and admire our opponents as effectively, Timmy and the whole Hansen team occupy completed an excellent job between the races, I’ve considered they’ve been checking out and pushing on and that’s what keeps us on our toes as effectively,” said Kristoffersson.
Kevin Hansen’s podium used to be his 2d of the season. “What a day. Timmy has completed absolutely extremely, Barcelona and him is a magic aggregate. I saw in his eyes sooner than the closing that he wanted the steal at the recent time. For me it used to be a lawful flip one in the closing, I came out third but actual neglected a little of flee to Timmy and Johan forward. Today they had been in a class of their very bear. I’m helpful-pumped to be on the podium over again, and for the team to win one other double podium in Barcelona. Lastly it’s some payback for the whole work we are doing and inserting our existence, sole and fervour into it,” he said.
Russia’s Timur Timerzyanov, the GRX Taneco driver, used to be fourth in semi-closing one in a Hyundai i20 after he misplaced time at the starting up. Xite Racing’s Oliver Bennett, from Gigantic Britain, made a return to World RX and used to be fifth. Germany’s Timo Scheider, racing for ALL-INKL.COM Muennich Motorsport, retired on the 2d lap of the first semi-closing with a technical challenge. GCK Bilstein’s Anton Marklund, from Sweden, express high three occasions in qualifying and accomplished fourth in semi-closing two, earlier than KYB Team JC’s Robin Larsson, from Sweden. Larsson made it into the semi-finals because the first reserve. He in the starting up precise 13th in the Intermediate Classification following a retirement from his Q2 flee and a penalty for first nook contact, he then battled with Marklund on the first lap of the semi-closing but ended up fifth. Monster Energy GCK RX Cartel’s Liam Doran, from Gigantic Britain, used to be labeled sixth in semi-closing two.
Belgium’s Enzo Ide used to be 13th in the closing classification. On his first open of the season the Audi S1 driver, racing with Team JC Raceteknik precise in 12th but withdrew earlier than the semi-finals with a technical challenge. That lifted KYB Team JC’s Robin Larsson into the tip 12. Hungary’s Tamas Karai used to be 14th, France’s Patrick Guillerme used to be 15th 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 point in 16th.
The most important round of the FIA European Rallycross Championship for Gargantuan1600 also took situation at the Logitech G FIA World RX of Pirineus-Barcelona 2030. Switzerland’s Yuri Belevskiy, the Volland Racing Audi A1 driver, began on the front row of the grid for the closing and overtook teammate Gergely Marton, from Hungary, on lap one amongst the flee to take victory. Finland’s Rasmus Tuominen drove to third situation 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) performed the closing finishers.
Paul Bellamy, Senior Vice President of Motorsports Events at IMG, concluded: “What an ultimate day of motion we’ve had at the Logitech G FIA World RX of Pirineus-Barcelona 2030. The native organisers occupy completed a substantial job to express his double-header weekend in annoying global conditions, and the drivers did the bogus heading in the obedient path. Congratulations to Timmy, Johan and Kevin for ending on the podium, it reveals actual how competitive the Championship is that this 300 and sixty five days that we’ve had four winners in seven rounds and we can’t wait to make all of it over again in round eight the next day in the Logitech G FIA World RX of Catalunya sooner than the fourth edition of the recent RX After Notice fuelled by Monster Energy on our Facebook and YouTube channels.”
The eighth round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship takes situation the next day (18 October), also at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya for the Logitech G FIA World RX of Catalunya.