For the third time in as many FIA World Rallycross Championship rounds, Timmy and Kevin Hansen delivered Hansen World RX Crew a commanding one-two carry out at Bretagne World RX of Lohéac and Johan Kristoffersson all over but as soon as more chanced on himself out of safe fortune.
The Hansen brothers struggled for outright prance in their Peugeots on the hole day in France, sitting proper fourth and fifth overnight but a commerce of jam-up and shrewd tyre blueprint paved the type to a much more aggressive day on Sunday.
Timmy Hansen – who entered the weekend maintaining a six-level advantage at the summit of the championship standings – produced a scintillating flip-of-velocity in Q4 to top the timesheets and delivery himself onto the entrance row of the starting grid for the first semi-final alongside Kristoffersson.
Two quickest cases out of 4 secured the KYB EKS JC ace High Qualifier honours, but driveshaft failure whereas main the semi-final spelt pains for the three-time world champion, allowing Hansen and ALL-INKL.COM Muennich Motorsport’s Timo Scheider to sneak past on the closing lap.
Kristoffersson narrowly fended off Kevin Abbring for third space, but used to be then unable to use up his arena within the ideally marvelous because the gearbox in his Audi used to be furthermore chanced on to be broken. Despite efforts by his team to interchange it, he didn’t manufacture it to the grid inner the specified deadline.
That jam up a Hansen entrance row lockout, after Kevin had outgunned GRX-SET World RX Crew’s Niclas Grönholm at the delivery of the 2d semi-final to assemble a lead he would never relinquish. Following a textbook commence within the ideally marvelous, the brothers then sped some distance from their pursuers to lengthen their winning tear, with Kevin shadowing Timmy moral the type to the chequered flag for a third consecutive one-two.
On the abet of the Hansen pairing, Q1 prance-setter Grönholm overcame his slack semi-final commence as much as attain his first podium of the selling campaign and a stable aspects haul – a welcome tonic for the Finn following a difficult season to-date – with Abbring going well but as soon as more for fourth, regardless of having to contend with a slipping hang that hampered his hopes of a rostrum consequence on Unkorrupted’s dwelling turf.
Krisztián Szabó maintained his document of progressing through to the ideally marvelous at every event to this level in 2021 in fifth space for GRX-SET, with Scheider completing the cease six.
Timmy Hansen, Hansen World RX Crew (1st), said:
“What an supreme season we’re having! I mediate right here’s a time in my occupation and our lives that we are able to always take into accout, with one-two finishes for the team in every of the first three events – it’s proper magic.
“I like to reveal I used to be lucky in plenty of how to get the use – it used to be a disgrace that Johan [Kristoffersson] had his technical arena – but that’s the type it goes generally and at the moment time it went my manner. Rallycross is about much greater than proper being like a flash, and there like been many races in my occupation where I like had the charge but no longer near away with the cease consequence.
“Kevin used to be well-organized-immediate within the ideally marvelous – he used to be on my bumper your entire time, so I needed to prefer pushing as tough as I would possibly perhaps furthermore. To portion the cease consequence with him all over but as soon as more is astonishing, and this victory is 100 per cent for the team, who labored so tough to get us abet on-word after the day earlier than at the moment time. I’m well-organized grateful to every and every person of them.”
Kevin Hansen, Hansen World RX Crew (2nd), said:
“The competitors gave the impact closer than ever this weekend, with a entire lot of drivers struggling with for the cease cases, but I felt the truth is dazzling within the automotive all over. I like to admit, Timmy and I didn’t concept to be facet-by-facet for quite see you later at the delivery of the ideally marvelous, but we sorted it out rather properly!
“We every had dazzling prance and dazzling tyres left, and I felt the truth is immediate so the team instructed me over the radio to follow him. We never the truth is received the probability to ruin away and test out one thing – Niclas [Grönholm] used to be proper a minute too end for us to use that distress – so within the cease, we focussed on bringing dwelling but every other one-two carry out, which I mediate is quite unattainable. Now, we must proceed working tough to extract more prance, and our automotive must restful swimsuit Riga well, so I’m the truth is angry to head there next and test out to use.”
Niclas Grönholm, GRX-SET World RX Crew (Third), said:
“I’m a minute dissatisfied, because we had the opportunity to use at the moment time. I felt we had been up there with the cease guys at closing, after a difficult first couple of rounds where our prance has been quite up-and-down. This weekend, we had been on it moral from Q1 and whilst we per chance made some vulgar picks in Q2 and Q3, after that we chanced on a supreme jam-up within the automotive and I felt gratified to push.
“I the truth is idea we would possibly perhaps furthermore trudge all of the type, but sadly the stall at the delivery of the semi-final ruined the weekend, because you the truth is prefer a supreme grid space within the ideally marvelous whereas you happen to enjoy to must use. I did what I would possibly perhaps furthermore and tried to fight abet, and I bid third space from the closing row is okay, but I’m right here to use. Now we just like the prance within the automotive – we proper desire a minute bit of safe fortune, and then the outcomes will near.”
Dorian Deslandes used to be an 11th-hour addition to the excessive-quality FIA RX2e Championship field at Lohéac, however the teenage French prodigy starred from the outset on his maiden look within the all-electric single-manufacture assortment, dazzling his more skilled competitors to use the first two qualifiers and top the intermediate classification.
From there, Deslandes produced a peerless efficiency in every the semi-final and final, converting pole space into victory on every cases to cement a amazing success on his four wheel-power debut – defeating a exchange of frail World Championship stars within the technique.
Two of them joined the 18-yr-frail on the podium. On his return to the paddock, Reinis Nitišs – the youngest World RX event-winner in history – went from strength-to-strength over the course of the weekend, main the type in Q3 and by hook or by crook going on to overhaul championship chief Guillaume De Ridder within the ideally marvelous for the runner-up spoils. The Belgian’s chief title rival Jesse Kallio completed fourth, earlier than American Conner Martell and Sweden’s Isak Sjökvist.
René Münnich emerged from a dramatic Euro RX1 final to verbalize a maiden triumph for ALL-INKL.COM Muennich Motorsport earlier than Andréa Dubourg and Tamás Kárai.
A sensational commence propelled the SEAT Ibiza into an prompt lead that Münnich would maintain to the cease, and from the entrance row but as soon as more within the ideally marvelous, he regarded jam for a podium carry out in 2d – till that podium grew to vary into into victory when chief Andreas Bakkerud by surprise slowed and stopped with barely a lap left to tear.
Bakkerud managed to get his ESMotorsport Škoda re-began to use fourth – a consequence that has elevated the Norwegian to the cease of the aspects table – earlier than team-mate Jānis Baumanis and Fabien Pailler.
Kobe Pauwels has been threatening to depose Volland Racing team-mate Yury Belevskiy from the supreme step of the podium for the rationale that starting of the selling campaign, and in France, the Belgian teenager at closing succeeded to certainly ignite the Euro RX3 championship fight.
Following an early joker within the ideally marvelous, the 16-yr-frail – certainly one of many youngest and least skilled drivers within the Euro RX3 field – hunted down pole-sitter Belevskiy and seized the initiative following the Russian’s like joker. He therefore held on to the chequered flag to proper a massively new step forward victory, with the Russian placing 2d to maintain the championship lead and Timur Shigabutdinov rounding out the rostrum to total a Volland top three lockout.