World RX – The lion roars in France : Hansen brothers bustle to third consecutive one-two
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 ranking at Bretagne World RX of Lohéac on the present time, as the ‘Lion’ roared on dwelling soil in entrance of 25,000 eager fans and Johan Kristoffersson all any other time chanced on himself out of success.
The Hansen brothers struggled for outright tempo of their Peugeots on the opening day in France, sitting perfect fourth and fifth in a single day however a substitute of field-up and shrewd tyre approach paved the methodology to a technique more competitive day on Sunday.
Timmy Hansen – who entered the weekend maintaining a six-level advantage on the summit of the championship standings – produced a demon begin and a scintillating flip-of-tempo in Q4 to high the timesheets and begin himself onto the entrance row of the initiating grid for the fundamental semi-final alongside arch-rival Kristoffersson.
Two quickest times out of 4 secured the KYB EKS JC ace High Qualifier honours, however driveshaft failure whereas leading the semi-final spelt be troubled for the three-time world champion, allowing Hansen and ALL-INKL.COM Muennich Motorsport’s Timo Scheider to sneak past on the final lap.
Kristoffersson narrowly fended off Kevin Abbring for third field, however became once then unable to soak up his web page within the final as the gearbox in his Audi became once also chanced on to be damaged. Despite a herculean effort by his team to change it, he unfortunately did now now not assemble it to the grid within the specified slit-off date.
That field up a Hansen entrance row lockout, after Kevin had outgunned GRX-SET World RX Crew superstar Niclas Grönholm on the start of the 2d semi-final to opt out a lead he would by no methodology relinquish. Following a textbook getaway within the final, the brothers then sped faraway from their pursuers to prolong their a success plug, with Kevin shadowing Timmy correct the methodology to the chequered flag for a third consecutive one-two.
At the support of the Hansen pairing, Q1 tempo-setter Grönholm overcame his gradual semi-final begin to protect out his first podium of the campaign and a solid aspects haul – a welcome tonic for the Finn following a fancy season to-date – with Abbring going effectively again for fourth, no topic getting to contend with a slipping take hold of that hampered his hopes of a rostrum result on Unkorrupted’s dwelling turf.
Krisztián Szabó maintained his epic of progressing thru to the final at each and each event to this level in 2021 in fifth web page for GRX-SET, with Scheider finishing the finish six.
Timmy Hansen, Hansen World RX Crew (1st), mentioned:
“What an foremost season we are having! I mediate this is a time in my occupation and our lives that we’ll always endure in tips, with one-two finishes for the team in each and each of the fundamental three events – it’s perfect magic.
“I must narrate I became once lucky in many suggestions to ranking the procure – it became once a shame that Johan [Kristoffersson] had his technical field – however that’s the methodology it goes each and each so incessantly and on the present time it went my methodology. Rallycross is about noteworthy larger than perfect being fast, and there had been many races in my occupation where I bear had the velocity however now now not reach away with the finish result.
“Kevin became once incandescent-fast within the final – he became once on my bumper your total time, so I had to abet pushing as onerous as I might additionally. To fragment the finish result with him all any other time is unbelievable, and this victory is 100 per cent for the team, who labored so onerous to ranking us support on-display screen after yesterday. I’m incandescent grateful to each and each and each and each thought to be one of them.”
Kevin Hansen, Hansen World RX Crew (2nd), mentioned:
“The rivals looked closer than ever this weekend, with moderately heaps of drivers combating for the finish times, however I felt in actuality steady within the automobile at some level of. I must admit, Timmy and I didn’t idea to be facet-by-facet for moderately so lengthy on the start of the final, however we sorted it out appealing effectively!
“We both had steady tempo and steady tyres left, and I felt in actuality fast so the team suggested me over the radio to follow him. We by no methodology in actuality acquired the possibility to become self sustaining from and compare out one thing – Niclas [Grönholm] became once perfect quite too stop for us to amass that anguish – so within the finish, we focussed on bringing dwelling one other one-two ranking, which I mediate is moderately unbelievable. Now, we favor to proceed working onerous to extract more tempo, and our automobile have to silent bound smartly with Riga effectively, so I’m in actuality mad to bound there next and compare out to procure.”
Niclas Grönholm, GRX-SET World RX Crew (third), mentioned:
“I’m quite disillusioned, due to the we had the opportunity to procure on the present time. I felt we were up there with the finish guys within the finish, after a fancy first couple of rounds where our tempo has been moderately up-and-down. This weekend, we were on it correct from Q1 and whereas we per chance made some substandard decisions in Q2 and Q3, after that we chanced on a steady field-up within the automobile and I felt pleased to push.
“I in actuality thought we might additionally bound your total methodology, however unfortunately the stall on the start of the semi-final ruined the weekend, due to the you in actuality favor a steady grid web page within the final whereas you occur to would really like to procure. I did what I might additionally and tried to strive in opposition to support, and I speak third field from the final row is intellectual, however I’m right here to procure. Now we bear got the tempo within the automobile – we perfect want a small bit bit of success, after which the results will reach.”