Timmy Hansen wins at SpeedMachine and leads the championship
Team Hansen MJP Swedish driver Timmy Hansen won in SpeedMachine, the fourth round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship, and is the new leader. Andreas Bakkerud took second place and Anton Marklund completed the podium surprisingly and meritoriously. Kevin Hansen and Timerzyanov were the negative notes of Britain’s Dayinsure World RX.
The Hansen’s older brother, Timmy, got his second win of the season, after his triumph in Barcelona, after beating Andreas Bakkerud in an emotional final played at the SpeedMachine Festival. And is that the Norwegian driver, who is in clear ascending line in this championship, put him from the beginning of the grand final very difficult things. Precisely, Timmy wanted to assess the great complexity that had for him to win the victory and, incidentally, stand alone leader of the general classification, unseating that position of privilege to his brother Kevin. “I knew I had to be very close to him at all times. I was absolutely stuck to his bumper just before my joker lap, it was a perfect lap, I kept pushing, he entered the joker one lap later and when we were close again I saw he had a little more speed and see him behind when we arrived to the finish line was a great feeling. I definitely had to work very hard to get this result”, said the eldest of the Hansen brothers.
On the other hand, Bakkerud, in spite of obtaining the second position in Silverstone, was frustrated by not obtaining a triumph that was close to obtain, as already happened in the case of Spa-Francorchamps. In addition, he did not finish feeling satisfied by the performance offered by his supercar. “We had some problems with the handbrake, every time I pulled it, the car stopped, so I could not use the handbrake in the semifinal and the final, it was different in Belgium because I did not feel like I had the speed to win. but this weekend I definitely felt like I could, I almost have it in my pocket today, all I can do is keep pushing and I hope the victory is close”.
Finally, the podium was completed by Anton Marklund of the GC Kompetition team. The Swedish driver got, in this way, his first podium of the FIA World Rallycross Championship this year. And it is necessary to go back to 2014, specifically in the test held in Canada to find a feat of this type. On that occasion he was in second position.
The big disappointments
If the great protagonist, for good, of the SpeedMachine Festival was Timmy Hansen, on the negative side we find his brother Kevin. The small of the Hansen, who came to the appointment of the United Kingdom as a leader, but after a discreet performance in Belgium, could not reach the grand final to be last classified in the first semifinal. Who also did not have much luck was the Russian Timerzyanov, winner at Spa-Francorchamps. And is that he could not be among the top six by not going from a very discreet fifth position in one of the two semifinals.
Team Hansen, the leader
Despite the bad weekend for Kevin Hansen, Team Hansen MJP continues to lead the team classification. The great triumph of Timmy, apart from the bad performance of the GRX Taneco team in this last race, has caused the Hansen to be separated by 24 points of difference with respect to the team of Niclas Gronholm and Timerzyanov. In the third place is the Monster Energy RX Cartel, which with 137 points, has 35 points the lead.
Great Llovera’s performance; victory for Eriksson
On the other hand, in the RX2 Series, Andorran Albert Llovera achieved a magnificent result by reaching the semifinals of the race also played in the British circuit. With the 7 points scored, Llovera remains in the thirteenth position, with 17 points, after the first three races.
The winner was Oliver Eriksson, who with this triumph continues leading the classification with 89 points, 13 and 17 points over the Finnish Jesse Kallio and the Jamaican Fraser McConnell, respectively.