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02 Sep 2013

RX: Bakkerud’s second triumph

Category: ERC, News Posted 02.09.13 01:22 by

For almost half of the way to the chequered flag it looked as if Petter Solberg would be able to win his first ever European round at Lohéac, but it was fellow Norwegian Andreas Bakkerud who eventually run away with his second victory after Höljes.

 

Day 2 of the French RallycrossRX round at Lohéac saw the biggest crowd ever here, the participation of Sébastien Loeb attracted more than 35,000 people to the Brittany venue. The 9-times in a row World Rally Champion started the Sunday with the fastest time in the Warm-up session. Andreas Bakkerud drove to second and Timmy Hansen to third place. Jérôme Grosset-Janin was back to business after his spoiled Saturday, the Renault Clio Mk3 campaigner finished the Warm-up runs as fourth fastest.

It did not take long that Heat 3 fell prey to homeboy Davy Jeanney, the Frenchman beating European champion Timur Timerzyanov to second and compatriot Grosset-Janin to third place. Fourth fastest was Timmy Hansen, the Swede thereby still en route to a very good qualification result. Liam Doran claimed fifth place here, his teammate Andreas Bakkerud made it to the sixth fastest time. Albatec’s guest driver Kris Meeke was excluded from the Heat 3 results for passing the Lebanese driver Nabil Karam in unsportive driving manner, as judged by the Officials of the event.

Heat 4 was dominated by Andreas Bakkerud, “BabyBlue” drove to the fastest qualifying time of the weekend, with 2:34.095 being the only driver to do four Circuit de Lohéac laps in less than 2 minutes and 35 seconds. Davy Jeanney proved his skills once more by claiming the second fastest time here. Third place went to Timur Timerzyanov, followed up by Petter Solberg in fourth position. Grosset-Janin was quick again, the dominant leader of the French Rallycross Championship made it to fifth place, while Tanner Foust finished as sixth fastest.

Briton Liam Doran was excluded from the Heat 4 results after forcing fellow Citroën DS3 driver Timmy Hansen into a spin. However, as Hansen became very angry and did not behave well after the finish flag the Stewards of the Meeting decided to move his ranking from position 19 (after Doran’s exclusion) to position 27 (but actually to 26). While Hansen was still qualified for a place in the Semi-Finals, Doran dropped from ninth down to fourteenth place in the Intermediate Classification and, thereby, his weekend was ruined.

Semi-Final 1 was won by Andreas Bakkerud ahead of Tanner Foust and Timur Timerzyanov. Sébastien Loeb reached the chequered flag in fourth place, the hero of the crowds therefore missing a place in the main Final. For Timmy Hansen in fifth and Henning Solberg in sixth place the event was also over and done.

Semi-Final 2 saw Petter Solberg winning from Davy Jeanney and reigning French Rallycross Champion Gaëtan Sérazin, while multiple ice-racing champion Jean-Philippe Dayraut, Hansen Motorsport’s Alexander Hvaal and Pailler Compétition’s Fabien Pailler in fourth to sixth place did not make it to the last race of the weekend.

The main Final started with Petter Solberg taking the lead, but Andreas Bakkerud was right from the GO dog-hounding his older friend and mentor. After an unsuccesful try in the second lap Bakkerud passed Solberg during lap three, then increasing his lead before eventually taking the chequered flag by a 2.5 seconds margin. Davy Jeanney completed the podium of his native RallycrossRX round, while Timur Timerzyanov became fourth, Gaëtan Sérazin fifth and Tanner Foust sixth.

In the Super1600s category nobody was able to stop Rallycross hope Reinis Nitišs from totally dominating the weekend. The Set Promotion Team Renault Clio Mk2 driver claimed the fastest times in all four qualifying heats, won his Semi-Final and eventually also the Final, to take the maximum of 28 points home to Latvia.

Derek Tohill also bagged the points maximum in TouringCars by winning three qualifying heats and two finals, but as the Irishman had to be content with a third place in Heat 1 his slate remained not as perfectly clean as it was the case with Nitišs. However, Derek himself was more than happy with his results – and nobody is able to do better jumps on the podium than the Dubliner anyway.

 

More Lohéac images to be found here in our Gallery.

 

Official SuperCars final results to be found here.

Official Super1600s final results to be found here.

Official TouringCars final results to be found here.

 

The highlights of Day 2.