Timmy Hansen wins in Loheac and the ending of the championship turns into an epic battle.
The Swedish driver met the victory again in the 8th round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship, on a weekend where the battle for the championship took a new turn. The overall results of the weekend mefant that Norwegian Andreas Bakkerud climbed to the top of the drivers’ ranking despite fifth place in the final.
The Monster Energy RX Cartel rider now has 160 points followed by the Hansen brothers tied for 158. Timmy’s victory was his third of a season in which we had six different winners with eight of the 10 rounds completed.
In the final, Timmy took advantage of a gap that opened when Bakkerud’s Audi S1 and GRX Taneco’s Niclas Gronholm Hyundai i20 widened in a dispute over the lead in the first corner.
Meanwhile, Kevin and Marklund, who started in the back row of the grid, clashed with the young GC Kompetition driver Rokas Baciuska from Lithuania. After the joker lap, Marklund came in second place behind Timmy, while Kevin managed to beat Baciuska by centimeters in the joker lap merger.
“As for the championship, it’s exciting to be in the middle of this fight. It will be an interesting end of the year. It’s me, Kevin and Andreas, all running for our first world championship. The victory will depend on who is capable of giving everything in the last two rounds and drive better under this pressure.”
The Swedish partner Marklund, who was third in Silverstone in the fourth round and first in the flag in Hell, Norway in the fifth round, only to be deprived of the victory due to a technical infraction, was delighted to reach the podium. “I know how much this race means for the team, so it’s great to be able to reward everyone with this second place. The Renault Megane was strong all weekend and I had a great pace in the final. Starting from the back row in the final is not easy, so I was glad to be able to reach the podium over time. ”
Kevin Hansen, who led the drivers’ championship by five points over Bakkerud ahead of Loheac, had qualifying problems and only managed to reach the final after a brilliant recovery momentum. “It was a really hard weekend for me. I had a lot of bad luck in the qualifying rounds and I have no idea how I reached the final to be honest, ”he said. It’s great that the fight for the championship is so tight. “We have to work together as a team to get the advantage over Andreas, but in reality I just have to do my thing and hope it’s enough.”
Robin Larsson wins FIA European Rallycross Championship 2019.
The Swedish won his fourth victory of the European Rallycross Championship of the season and won the Euro RX title in the absence of a round to finish the season. Frenchman Jean-Baptiste Dubourg got the Top Qualifier in his local round of the championship and won the semifinal, after the race had to restart after an incident that meant that the Finn Miko Ikonen and the Norwegian Thomas Bryntesson could not take the restart. Larsson won the semifinal two and then won the position in the final to beat Dubourg in the first round and take the victory. Dubourg finished second against his local fans and Tamas Karai from Hungary completed the podium.
The French champion, Antoine Masse, took the P4, since the German Rene Muennich and the French Andrea Dubourg crashed in curve 2. Because Bryntesson did not reach the final, and Larsson took almost the maximum points, the Euro RX champion 2014 secured his second title before the final round of the season in Riga.
LoheacRX full results here!