Sweden’s Johan Kristoffersson claimed a dramatic victory at the Logitech G FIA World RX of Catalunya, spherical eight of the FIA World Rallycross Championship offered by Monster Energy (18 October).
The Kristoffersson Motorsport Volkswagen Polo driver’s 24th profession victory ensured Kristoffersson maintained his profit at the tip of the Drivers’ standings, as he targets a file-breaking third crown.
Kristoffersson at the originate misplaced ground to KYB Team JC’s Mattias Ekstrom, from Sweden, in the speed for Drivers’ Championship points at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, as he kindly fifth in the Intermediate Classification, with Ekstrom the tip qualifier.
Double World RX Champion (2017 and 2018) Kristoffersson received the upper give up 2016 Champion Ekstrom in the semi-final stages, and feeble kindly tempo to beat 2019 Drivers’ Champion Timmy Hansen, from Sweden, in the ideal.
Kristoffersson started 2d in the ideal and survived contact with Norway’s Andreas Bakkerud at the fundamental corner to perceive the lead of the speed. The flip one incident – wherein Monster Energy GCK RX Cartel’s Bakkerud used to be compelled into the wall on the interior of the music – ended the Norwegian’s speed, his Renault Megane getting hit by the Audi S1 of KYB Team JC’s Robin Larsson from Sweden, who also retired.
Kristoffersson led the ideal for the fundamental three laps sooner than taking his joker lap – an different route that every driver must grasp at the least as soon as in every speed – which gave Team Hansen’s Timmy Hansen, from Sweden, the lead. Hansen took his joker on lap six and Kristoffersson moved lend a hand into the lead to perceive victory. Hansen (Peugeot 208) added a 2d space to his victory from spherical seven in 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 used to be labeled fourth after a utter in the ideal along with his Audi S1. He did however claim victory in spherical eight of the Champion Fleet Delivery Award and KYB Team JC continues to lead the World RX Groups’ Championship standings.
“I had a giant originate in the ideal, I saw Andreas drop lend a hand, I didn’t predict him to be there – I believed he used to be additional lend a hand than he used to be. I couldn’t enact the rest rather about a be appropriate, but from there on we jokered sooner than Timmy this day, I saw Timmy had four fresh tyres but I had two fresh tyres and I gave it entirely all the pieces to administer to beat him. I’m honest so overjoyed, we had tempo all day but couldn’t in actuality expose it, I had traffic in every session. The semi-final used to be very fine and then in the ideal we had appropriate tempo. It’s a fleshy support,” acknowledged winner Kristoffersson.
Hansen holds third in the World RX Drivers’ standings. “For the weekend as a full, it’s an unprecedented consequence, we’ve been placing in a lot of work and it’s in actuality paid off. The snatch the day earlier than this day will no doubt be the spotlight, I’ll elevate that with me. This day it didn’t rather trot our manner, I own our tempo used to be presumably better at points, however the speed didn’t trot our manner. I was lucky in the ideal with the carnage, I came out rather wisely and after that I tried to perceive the battle to Johan but this day it went to him, so congratulations to him. I’m very overjoyed, it’s been an unprecedented weekend for us,” he acknowledged.
Marklund used to be happy to rating his first podium of 2020. “It’s a fleshy support attributable to we had a podium in spherical one at Holjes where we executed third, but sadly received a punishment and received moved down. After that we haven’t in actuality had the tempo and the group has been working so laborious. Bilstein has been working so laborious too and now it starts to pay off. The auto is behaving very wisely and we’ve the tempo. It used to be rather of a battle in the ideal attributable to I was on four feeble tyres, and already on lap one I believed the others had been too quick for me, but we managed to support it together and climbed as a lot as third space. I’m in actuality happy,” acknowledged Marklund.
GRX Taneco’s Niclas Gronholm, from Finland, and Timur Timerzyanov, from Russia had been fourth and fifth in the group’s Hyundai i20s in semi-final two. Belgium’s Enzo Ide made his first ever World RX semi-final for Team JC Raceteknik and executed sixth in semi-final two with an Audi S1. Team Hansen’s Kevin Hansen (Peugeot 208), from Sweden, kindly for the entrance row of semi-final one with third in the Intermediate Classification but misplaced time in traffic and ended up fourth. Germany’s Timo Scheider used to be fifth in semi-final one with ALL-INKL.COM Muennich Motorsport’s Seat Ibiza and Hungary’s Tamas Karai (Audi S1) executed sixth.
ALL-INKL.COM Muennich Motorsport’s Mandie August (Seat Ibiza), from Germany, kindly 13th in the Intermediate Classification in her 2d ever World RX originate. Xite Racing’s Oliver Bennett (BMW Mini), from Mountainous Britain used to be 14th, France’s Patrick Guillerme (Hyundai i20) used to be 15th and Monster Energy GCK RX Cartel’s Liam Doran (Renault Megane), from Mountainous Britain scored the ideal Championship point in 16th.
Switzerland’s Yuri Belevskiy (Audi A1) claimed his 2d victory of the weekend in spherical two of the FIA European Rallycross Championship for Mountainous1600. The Volland Racing driver took maximum points from the Intermediate Classification, semi-final and final victory to expand his Championship lead. Russia’s Marat Kniazev (Audi A1) executed 2d 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 ideal finishers.
Paul Bellamy, Senior Vice President of Motorsports Events at IMG, concluded: “Congratulations to Johan for another victory in his quest to grab the 2020 World RX Drivers’ Championship. It used to be honest actual to detect our 2019 title protagonists, Timmy Hansen and Andreas Bakkerud struggling with lend a hand at the entrance where they belong this weekend and it’s a profitable shame that Andreas used to be unable to utter for a podium terminate this day. Nicely executed to Timmy and Anton for ending on the rostrum and to Yuri for his double victory in Euro RX Mountainous1600 this weekend. I’m particular all of the teams and drivers will most likely be working laborious now forward of the subsequent spherical at Spa-Francorchamps.”
The ninth spherical of the FIA World Rallycross Championship takes space at the Spa World RX of Benelux (21-22 November).