Hansen brothers continue to dominate the FIA World RX with third consecutive double in Bretagne World RX at Lohéac
Niclas Grönholm gets the first podium of 2021 for the GRX-SET team and the young talent of 18 years, Dorian Deslandes, stands out in his first participation in the electric series
The Hansen brothers are unstoppable and they continue to dominate 2021 FIA World RX. After winning the first two rounds in Spain and Sweden, the Hansen team has maintained the good start of the season by delivering a dominant double at Bretagne World RX in Lohéac in front of 25,000 fans last weekend, September 3, 4 and 5.
The show in this world championship is served. The clashes between the two Peugeot drivers and Johan Kristoffersson are the highlights of the races that, so far, are being dominated very clearly by the two brothers. Timmy’s victory extends his lead in the championship to 10 points ahead of Kevin, both closer to winning the title this 2021.
In Lohéac, however, it wasn’t all as easy as it sounds. The Hansens had problems with the pace of their Peugeots on the first day, managing only a fourth and a fifth place, but a clever tire strategy helped deliver a much more competitive Sunday for all the fans.
A rivalry dominated by Timmy
Timmy Hansen, who came into the weekend with a six-point lead at the top of the championship standings, again showed what he is capable of and slammed a blow on the table in Q4 to launch himself to the front row of the grid in the first semi-final alongside his main rival, Johan Kristoffersson.
After the double punctures that knocked him out of the race in Sweden, the three-time world champion was dominating the standings in France. However, bad luck sidelined him again. A problem with the drive shaft of his Audi S1 meant that he couldn’t take his place in the final, ceding his position to Dutchman Kevin Abbring. In the absence of Kristoffersson, the Hansen brothers gained a lead that they wouldn’t relinquish in the final.
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The eldest of the brothers is aware of all that they are achieving and wanted to make it clear: “What an incredible season we are having! I think it’s a moment in my career that we will always remember, with a double for the team in each of the first three races. It’s just magic”.
On the other hand, the youngest of the Hansen family assessed his race with his brother: “We both had good pace and good tires. Grönholm was too close for us to take any risks, so in the end we focused on getting another double, which I think is incredible“.
Behind the Rallycross trendy couple, Grönholm overcame his slow start from the semi-final to claim his first podium of the campaign for the GRX-SET World RX team after a difficult season. Behind Niclas, Keving Abbring took fourth position, Hungary’s Szabó fifth and Timo Scheider completed the top six.
The Finn also expressed his feelings after the race: “I’m a bit disappointed because we had the chance to win today. I felt we were finally with the top guys. I guess third place is okay, but I’m here to win. We have the pace in the car, we just need a bit of luck, and then the results will come“.
Lohéac is always a special race in the FIA World Rallycross Championship and a very popular event in France. In this edition, fans were able to see live the great emerging talents of the local scene. Dorian Deslandes, 18 years old, immediately stood out in his first appearance in the electric series. In both the semifinal and the final, the young French prodigy had a great performance, turning pole position into victory on both occasions, leaving his more experienced rivals speechless.
Once again, it has been a spectacular weekend on French lands. The 2021 FIA World Rallycross Championship campaign will return in a fortnight’s time in Riga (Latvia), on September 18-19, with a double bill of World RX action.