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21 Jun 2015

WRX: Jeanney takes two

Category: News, WRX Posted 21.06.15 02:00 by

Team Peugeot-Hansen’s Davy Jeanney is leading the ALL-INKL.COM World RX of Germany, Round 5 of the FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy, after the Frenchman stormed his way to two heat victories at the wheel of his Peugeot 208 RX SuperCar.

 

Ford Olsbergs MSE driver Reinis Nitišs is second after two top-three heat times, while Volkswagen Sweden’s Tord Linnerud rounds off the Top 3. Reigning World RX Champion Petter Solberg was quickest in Free Practice and is fifth overall.

Out of the total 35 SuperCars that started in Germany, Tommy Rustad was fourth quickest and topped the table out of the 18 SuperCar drivers eligible to score points in the FIA European Rallycross Championship (Euro RX). Jean-Baptiste Dubourg is second in Euro RX, while Frode Holte is third in his Hyundai i20. Volkswagen Sweden’s Ole Christian Veiby and Albatec Racing’s Jérôme Grosset-Janin are fourth and fifth in Euro RX respectively.

 

Reinis Nitišs (Ford Fiesta Mk7 ST) is second of the overnight standings. © JKR/ERC24

Reinis Nitišs (Ford Fiesta Mk7 ST) is second of the overnight standings. © JKR/ERC24

 

Tord Linnerud drove his VW Polo Mk5 to good results and is currently third overall. © JKR/ERC24

Tord Linnerud drove his VW Polo Mk5 to good results and is currently third overall. © JKR/ERC24

 

Jeanney took his first heat win of 2015, and followed it up with a second shortly after. “I’m very happy to be fastest in both heats today and I’m feeling more confident in the car,” declared Jeanney, who finished runner-up in European Rallycross in 2013. “I had a very good start in the first heat and then lap after lap, my times kept improving. The second heat was a big race with the likes of Timmy [Hansen] and Johan [Kristoffersson] beside me but I had another good start and the car was perfect.”

 

Reigning World Champion Petter Solberg pictured chasing Robin Larsson. © JKR/ERC24

Reigning World Champion Petter Solberg pictured chasing Robin Larsson. © JKR/ERC24

 

Timur no mates: Timerzyanov is trying to find out about his bad luck. © JKR/ERC24

Timur no mates: Timerzyanov is trying to find out about his bad luck. © JKR/ERC24

 

Linnerud didn’t have the best start to his weekend when he rolled his Volkswagen Polo in practice, but ended the day in third place. The Norwegian summarised his day: “I braked too late which meant I had to take a different line on the circuit where the grip wasn’t so good. I hit the sand and rolled the car onto its roof. The team repaired the car before the first heat and I was sixth. I didn’t have the best start for the second heat but there was a lot of action at the first corner and I managed to come out ahead. I didn’t take too many risks after that, but tomorrow I can push a bit harder and maybe I can be faster.”

 

Tommy Rustad is fourth overall, but overnight leader of the EuroRX contenders. © JKR/ERC24

Tommy Rustad is fourth overall, but overnight leader of the EuroRX contenders. © JKR/ERC24

 

An all French infight in the notorious first corner of the Estering. © JKR/ERC24

An all French infight in the notorious first corner of the Estering. © JKR/ERC24

 

Almost 3,000 horses galloping towards the first Estering corner. © JKR/ERC24

Almost 3,000 horses galloping towards the first Estering corner. © JKR/ERC24

 

Last year’s German RX runner-up and EKS team owner Mattias Ekström had a dramatic day. The two-time DTM Champion explained: “A lot of things went wrong today, it’s not been good. Firstly, we had some problems during Free Practice and changed the engine before the heats. In Heat 1 I had a broken throttle cable and had to retire, then in the next heat we had a sensor problem. It’s been an unlucky day, for sure, but we will come back tomorrow and see what we can do.”

Round 1 winner Johan Kristoffersson was second quickest in Heat 1 and was on course for a top-three time in Heat 2 before the Swede clipped the entrance of the Joker Lap detour, which cost him valuable seconds. He ends today seventh overall.

 

Swede Philip Gehrman set twice a fastest time to grab the overnight lead in TouringCars. © JKR/ERC24

Swede Philip Gehrman set twice a fastest time to grab the overnight lead in TouringCars. © JKR/ERC24

 

Waving the 'Danebrog' for Dane Ulrich Linnemann who is currently third in Super1600s. © JKR/ERC24

Waving the ‘Danebrog’ for Dane Ulrich Linnemann who is currently third in Super1600s. © JKR/ERC24

 

The support categories at the fifth round of World RX have completed three heats today, where Swede Philip Gehrman and Lithuanian Ernestas Staponkus lead the TouringCar and Super1600 categories respectively.

Ford Fiesta driver Gehrman was thirteenth fastest in the first TouringCar heat, but fought back in the second and third runs – a pair of fastest times elevating him to the top of the overnight standings.  Staponkus was fastest in Heat 2 in Super1600s, while Russian driver Timur Shigabutdinov had a consistent day and was second fastest twice to be second overall. Dane Ulrik Linnemann is third after setting the fastest time in Heat 3.

 

SuperCar standings after Day 1.

Super1600 standings after Day 1.

TouringCar standings after Day 1.

 

More images from WorldRX of Germany to be found here.

 

Top photo: Davy Jeanney made good use of his Peugeot 208 to claim twice the fastest time. © JKR/ERC24