World RX – Kristoffersson claims dramatic Catalunya win
2020 World RX of Pirineus-Barcelona 2030 – Spherical 8 – Report
- Johan Kristoffersson claims victory at Logitech G FIA World RX of Catalunya
- Timmy Hansen and Anton Marklund take spherical eight podiums
- Andreas Bakkerud and Mattias Ekstrom star however miss out on high outcomes
Sweden’s Johan Kristoffersson claimed a dramatic victory on the Logitech G FIA World RX of Catalunya, spherical eight of the FIA World Rallycross Championship introduced by Monster Power (18 October).
The Kristoffersson Motorsport Volkswagen Polo driver’s twenty fourth profession victory ensured Kristoffersson maintained his benefit on the high of the Drivers’ standings, as he targets a record-breaking third crown.
Kristoffersson initially misplaced floor to KYB Staff JC’s Mattias Ekstrom, from Sweden, within the race for Drivers’ Championship factors on the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, as he certified fifth within the Intermediate Classification, with Ekstrom the highest qualifier.
Double World RX Champion (2017 and 2018) Kristoffersson received the higher hand over 2016 Champion Ekstrom within the semi-final phases, and used superior tempo to beat 2019 Drivers’ Champion Timmy Hansen, from Sweden, within the ultimate.
Kristoffersson began second within the ultimate and survived contact with Norway’s Andreas Bakkerud on the first nook to take the lead of the race. The flip one incident – through which Monster Power GCK RX Cartel’s Bakkerud was pressured into the wall on the within of the observe – ended the Norwegian’s race, his Renault Megane getting hit by the Audi S1 of KYB Staff JC’s Robin Larsson from Sweden, who additionally retired.
Kristoffersson led the ultimate for the primary three laps earlier than taking his joker lap – an alternate route that each driver should take a minimum of as soon as in each race – which gave Staff Hansen’s Timmy Hansen, from Sweden, the lead. Hansen took his joker on lap six and Kristoffersson moved again into the result in take victory. Hansen (Peugeot 208) added a second place to his victory from spherical seven within 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 was categorized fourth after an issue within the ultimate along with his Audi S1. He did nevertheless declare victory in spherical eight of the Champion Quick Begin Award and KYB Staff JC continues to guide the World RX Groups’ Championship standings.
“I had an ideal begin within the ultimate, I noticed Andreas drop again, I didn’t count on him to be there – I assumed he was additional again than he was. I couldn’t do something totally different be trustworthy, however from there on we jokered earlier than Timmy as we speak, I noticed Timmy had 4 new tyres however I had two new tyres and I gave it completely every thing to handle to beat him. I’m simply so completely satisfied, we had tempo all day however couldn’t actually present it, I had visitors in each session. The semi-final was very good after which within the ultimate we had good tempo. It’s an enormous reduction,” mentioned winner Kristoffersson.
Hansen holds third within the World RX Drivers’ standings. “For the weekend as an entire, it’s a implausible outcome, we’ve been placing in plenty of work and it’s actually paid off. The win yesterday will certainly be the spotlight, I’ll carry that with me. Right now it didn’t fairly go our means, I feel our tempo was perhaps higher at factors, however the race didn’t go our means. I used to be fortunate within the ultimate with the carnage, I got here out fairly nicely and after that I attempted to take the battle to Johan however as we speak it went to him, so congratulations to him. I’m very completely satisfied, it’s been a implausible weekend for us,” he mentioned.
Marklund was delighted to attain his first podium of 2020. “It’s an enormous reduction as a result of we had a podium in spherical one at Holjes the place we completed third, however sadly received a punishment and received moved down. After that we haven’t actually had the tempo and the workforce has been working so exhausting. Bilstein has been working so exhausting too and now it begins to repay. The automobile is behaving very nicely and we have now the tempo. It was a little bit of a wrestle within the ultimate as a result of I used to be on 4 used tyres, and already on lap one I assumed the others have been too fast for me, however we managed to carry it collectively and climbed as much as third place. I’m actually happy,” mentioned Marklund.
GRX Taneco’s Niclas Gronholm, from Finland, and Timur Timerzyanov, from Russia have been fourth and fifth within the workforce’s Hyundai i20s in semi-final two. Belgium’s Enzo Ide made his first ever World RX semi-final for Staff JC Raceteknik and completed sixth in semi-final two with an Audi S1. Staff Hansen’s Kevin Hansen (Peugeot 208), from Sweden, certified for the entrance row of semi-final one with third within the Intermediate Classification however misplaced time in visitors and ended up fourth. Germany’s Timo Scheider was fifth in semi-final one with ALL-INKL.COM Muennich Motorsport’s Seat Ibiza and Hungary’s Tamas Karai (Audi S1) completed sixth.
ALL-INKL.COM Muennich Motorsport’s Mandie August (Seat Ibiza), from Germany, certified thirteenth within the Intermediate Classification in her second ever World RX begin. Xite Racing’s Oliver Bennett (BMW Mini), from Nice Britain was 14th, France’s Patrick Guillerme (Hyundai i20) was fifteenth and Monster Power GCK RX Cartel’s Liam Doran (Renault Megane), from Nice Britain scored the ultimate Championship level in sixteenth.
Switzerland’s Yuri Belevskiy (Audi A1) claimed his second victory of the weekend in spherical two of the FIA European Rallycross Championship for Super1600. The Volland Racing driver took most factors from the Intermediate Classification, semi-final and ultimate victory to increase his Championship lead. Russia’s Marat Kniazev (Audi A1) completed second 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 ultimate finishers.
Paul Bellamy, Senior Vice President of Motorsports Occasions at IMG, concluded: “Congratulations to Johan for one more victory in his quest to win the 2020 World RX Drivers’ Championship. It was good to see our 2019 title protagonists, Timmy Hansen and Andreas Bakkerud battling again on the entrance the place they belong this weekend and it’s an enormous disgrace that Andreas was unable to problem for a podium end as we speak. Nicely carried out to Timmy and Anton for ending on the rostrum and to Yuri for his double victory in Euro RX Super1600 this weekend. I’m positive the entire groups and drivers will probably be working exhausting now forward of the following spherical at Spa-Francorchamps.”
The ninth spherical of the FIA World Rallycross Championship takes place on the Spa World RX of Benelux (21-22 November).