- The Hansen brothers remain unstoppable in the second round of the championship, this time with Timmy’s victory at HoljesRX, the Swedish stronghold and rallycross cathedral.
- Kevin Abbring sneaks onto a FIA WorldRX podium for the first time.
Are we in the Hansen era of rallycross?
The Hansen Motosport team is clearly dominating the start of the 2021 championship. The second round of the championship landed at the cathedral of rallycross, the Holjes circuit, Sweden. Also nicknamed “magic weekend” by the purists of this sport, the weekend did leave some magical glimpses especially from the Hansen brothers, who have perfected the strategy to be the fastest in each test.
The World Cup promises, and the duel is served. The battles between the two Peugeot drivers and Johan Kristofferssson are leaving spectacular images in the first two races, the battles between Timmy and Johan are happening and today it is the most beautiful that rallycross can offer its fans.
In this case, Timmy won the game over Kristoffersson, who with a double puncture in the semifinal was deprived of getting a place to fight for the podium in the grand final, this allowed Kevin to get a position on the front row of the grid. the final. A position that is worth gold in order to get on that podium. Once the first two positions were achieved in the semis, the strategy for victory was ready. Timmy achieves an unprecedented victory at home, a test that had resisted him for years and getting the championship lead to the detriment of his brother Kevin. “It has been a fantastic weekend. I have tried to win here for a long time and I was very close on several occasions, and now we finally succeeded! This is a magical moment and I am super happy.” Timmy commented after his victory.” It was a shame to see that Johan [Kristoffersson] did not reach the final because he really wanted to continue the battle, but for our part, each session passed without problems and I am very happy with the pace we have had, it shows that all our hard work during the winter has paid off. The first two rounds of the season have gone perfectly, and now we have to keep concentrating and working Lasted”.
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Third place in the drawer went to GCK Unkorrupted driver Kevin Abbring, the Dutch rider had a weekend at a very good pace and ended up on the heels of the Hansen brothers in the final. Kevin ranks as one of the strongest drivers on the grid. “First of all, congratulations to Timmy and Kevin. I would love to be able to share a podium with my brother, but sadly I don’t have a brother, and my sister is very slow … Seriously though, I think we should be very happy. We were consistently fast from free practice to the final and we didn’t make a lot of mistakes. “Obviously we had to fight after Q1, and we stayed out of trouble, if it weren’t out of the traffic! I really think we could have pushed for the win if we hadn’t been trapped behind Szabó in the final, but I’m still happy to add my first podium and I think we put on a good show for the spectators.” Kevin commented after the final.
Enzo Ide was fourth in Holjes, the Belgian made up for Kristoffersson’s poor performance and scored some valuable constructors’ championship points for KYB EKS JC. Krisztían Szabó and Juha Rytkönen closed the sextet of the final. The Hungarian GRX-SET World RX Team driver placed third in the overall championship standings. His teammate Niclas Gronholm missed the final after a penalty in the semis.
Kallio wins the second electric event in rallycross history
If Saturday was the Fraser McConnell show, then Sunday was all about Jesse Kallio in the second round of the FIA RX2e Championship as he produced an unrivaled performance to claim his first all-electric single-brand series win. McConnell seemed to be on his way to glory as he dominated Q1 and Q2, but today, Kallio really lit the fuse. The pair lined up side by side in the front row of the grid for the final, with the Jamaican on pole, but it was the Finn who made a better start to take the lead and, from then on, never will. it was headlong.
CatalunyaRX winner Guillaume De Ridder couldn’t replicate the same pace in Sweden and suffered a puncture in the final, but fourth place keeps the Belgian at the top of the table, just one point ahead of Kallio, with McConnell a plus point. in arrears on the third. Pablo Suarez was left at the gates of his second final when he reached fourth position in his semifinal sleeve.
Once again it’s been a magical weekend in Swedish lands. Next stop, the French Loheac race track.