Kevin Hansen beat the sphere’s finest in Barcelona because the 2021 FIA World Rallycross Championship got underway in spectacular vogue in Spain in a breathtaking fight for World RX honours.
Hansen modified into as soon as already a winner within the sequence arriving at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, however his old success – in Abu Dhabi in 2019 – got right here because a penalty for the on-song winner. This time, the Swede triumphed entirely on merit after a solid performance for the family-scuttle Hansen World RX Crew.
For nearly all of the weekend, Hansen closely shadowed elder brother Timmy because the 2 Peugeot 208s topped the intermediate classification at World RX of Catalunya. On the support of them, however, a probability modified into as soon as lurking within the form of three-time world champion Johan Kristofferson.
Coming into the season because the defending title-holder, the KYB EKS JC driver modified into as soon as left on the support foot as a Q1 disqualification – after his knowledge-logger modified into as soon as found no longer to had been linked – left him down in an uncharacteristic 15th pickle.
Proving upright why he’s basically the most topped competitor in World Championship history, however, the Swede went on to prefer all three subsequent qualifiers to haul himself up to sixth position after Q4 – and support within the hunt.
For the final, it modified into as soon as an all-Hansen front row for the final following Timmy’s victory within the first semi-final.
Exhibiting upright how noteworthy the outcome supposed to him, Kevin fought support tears after exiting his automobile in parc fermé, while Timmy Hansen withstood the stress of Kristoffersson all how to the chequered flag to seal a one-two for the Swedish outfit and bag Hansen World RX Crew’s season off to the devoted delivery.
Krisztian Szabo’s fourth-position originate brought some consolation to GRX-SET, after personnel-mate Niclas Gronholm found himself being knocked off-song first and essential of the second semi-final.
Rene Meunnich reached the final for the first time in his World RX occupation and in a roundabout diagram injure up fifth for ALL-INKL.COM Muennich Motorsport, however there modified into as soon as less fortune for personnel-mate Timo Scheider, who modified into as soon as hasty and feisty in some unspecified time in the future of the qualifying phases and sat third within the intermediate standings finest to be squeezed into the barriers on the opening lap of his semi-final. At the beginning build of his first paunchy season in World RX, meanwhile, Kevin Abbring confirmed flashes of right effect in UNKORRUPTED’s Renault Megane on his technique to sixth.
Guillaume De Ridder modified into as soon as the dominant force within the all-unique electric FIA RX2e Championship, because the Belgian – three situations a high three championship finisher within the sequence’ RX2 predecessor – obtained every bustle he started in Barcelona.
After completing a clean sweep thru the qualifiers, De Ridder fended off Jesse Kallio within the first semi-final after which merely drove some distance from his pursuers within the final, aided by an opening lap tangle that delayed Kallio and took out fellow front-runner Fraser McConnell. Ole Henry Steinsholt modified into as soon as second, with Patrick O’Donovan third from the support of the grid, upright ahead of local hero Pablo Suarez.
Yury Belevskiy took victory within the FIA European Rallycross Championship’s RX3 category. He modified into as soon as pushed challenging by newcomer Kobe Pauwels in a single more Volland Racing Audi A1, because the Belgian excelled on his global debut in high-flight rallycross.
Pauwels found himself out-of-luck within the final, however, after a first nook charge despatched him sideways and dropped him to the tail of the area. Timur Shigabutdinov picked up second position with Zsolt Szíjj ‘Jolly’ rounding out the rostrum in third.
The 2021 FIA World Rallycross Championship advertising campaign subsequent strikes to the Höljes circuit for World RX of Sweden on 20-22 August, which will feature all four sequence – World RX, RX2e, Euro RX3 and the seasonal debut of Euro RX1.
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