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21 Jun 2015

WRX: Jeanney claims Germany

Category: News, WRX Posted 21.06.15 23:00 by

Frenchman Davy Jeanney has won the ALL-INKL.COM World RX of Germany, Round 5 of the FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy, after a dominant display at the wheel of a Peugeot 208 RX SuperCar.

 

Timmy Hansen finished third to make it a double podium for Team Peugeot-Hansen. Reigning World RX Champion Petter Solberg clinched the runners-up spot and has extended his championship lead over Sweden’s Johan Kristoffersson by 35 points.

In the second round of the FIA European Rallycross Championship (Euro RX) Marklund Motorsport’s Tommy Rustad took the chequered flag first. Albatec Racing’s Jérôme Grosset-Janin finished runner-up and was joined on the podium by fellow Frenchman Fabien Pailler who secured third place. Rustad’s win in Germany sees the Norwegian close the gap on Euro RX Round 1 winner Grosset-Janin, who leads Rustad in the overall standings by a slender two points.

 

Team Peugeot-Hansen was over the moon after Jeanney made WorldRX of Germany his. © JKR/ERC24

Team Peugeot-Hansen was over the moon after Jeanney made WorldRX of Germany his. © JKR/ERC24

 

Andreas Bakkerud was eventually excluded from the Buxtehude Final after a contact with Tord Linnerud in the first corner. © JKR/ERC24

Andreas Bakkerud was eventually excluded from the Buxtehude Final after a contact with Tord Linnerud in the first corner. © JKR/ERC24

 

“To win today feels incredible, it’s been the perfect weekend for me and it’s really fantastic for the team to have Timmy on the podium too,” grinned Jeanney, who enters the record books after becoming the first Frenchman to win a round of World RX. Jeanney also won the Monster Energy Super Charge Award for his rapid start off the line, as well as a limited edition Rebellion Timepieces Wraith Drive Rallycross watch.

Jeanney, who claimed three heat wins on his path to victory, added: “Both myself and the car have stepped up a level since the start of the year, I made just one small mistake over the weekend and the rest was perfect. I really enjoy the Estering, it’s a track that suits my driving style well and I have good memories after finishing second in Germany two years ago. I’ve not won a Rallycross event in five years [France 2010] and to leave here with maximum points is a fantastic feeling.”

 

The WorldRX of Germany SuperCar podium with (from left) runner-up Petter Solberg, winner Davy Jeanney and third Timmy Hansen. © JKR/ERC24

The WRX Germany SuperCar podium with runner-up Petter Solberg, winner Davy Jeanney and third Timmy Hansen. © JKR/ERC24

 

The action at the German Estering was, as usual, often spectacular. © JKR/ERC24

The action at the German Estering was, as usual, often very spectacular. © JKR/ERC24

 

Runner-up Solberg was full of praise for Germany RX winner Jeanney. “I must say, I am very impressed with Davy – he was unbelievably quick this weekend, he deserves this,” admitted the reigning World Champion. “Usually I always want to win,” continued Solberg, “but I’m very happy to take second. It’s good for the championship and I tried really hard to fight for the top spot but it’s been very tough racing. For the next event in Höljes, I’ll come back pushing even harder.”

Timmy Hansen’s weekend didn’t get off to the best start when the 22-year-old driver encountered some technical problems during the heats. The Peugeot-Hansen team worked hard on the car overnight and Hansen returned on flying form today to secure the third step of the podium. “I really didn’t expect to finish third after yesterday but we came back fighting and in the Final I thought to myself that it was all or nothing. I really pushed and when Johan [Kristoffersson] took the Joker on the final lap, I made the most of the opportunity to move ahead. Davy has done a brilliant job, I’ve been chasing him all day!”

 

EuroRX winner Tommy Rustad scored during the four heats 166 points, Jeanney had 167 on his tally. © JKR/ERC24

EuroRX winner Tommy Rustad scored during the four heats 166 points, Jeanney had 167 on his tally. © JKR/ERC24

 

After his ERX Final victory Rustad is now in second place of the European Rallycross Championship standings. © JKR/ERC24

After his ERX Final victory Rustad is now in second place of the European Rallycross Championship standings. © JKR/ERC24

 

Following another impressive drive in the Volkswagen Sweden Polo RX SuperCar Kristoffersson finished fourth in Germany. Fifth place was awarded to Marklund Motorsport’s Tord Linnerud after Ford Olsbergs MSE driver Andreas Bakkerud was excluded from today’s Final following contact with Linnerud at turn one.

Elsewhere, it was a tough weekend for EKS team owner Mattias Ekström who failed to make the Semi-Finals after a broken throttle cable and a sensor problem hindered his progress. Team-mate Anton Marklund progressed to the semis but a tussle with Ford Olsbergs MSE Reinis Nitišs on turn one saw both drivers retire.

 

16-years-old Magda Andersson was the surprise of the Buxtehude weekend, she made it to runner-up in TouringCars. © JKR/ERC24

16-years-old Magda Andersson was the surprise of the Buxtehude weekend, she made it to runner-up in TouringCars. © JKR/ERC24

 

Fredrik Salsten won this weekend’s TouringCar category after the Swede took a narrow victory over 16-year-old Magda Andersson. Salsten’s win now sees him lead the overall TouringCar standings. Third place at the Estering was awarded to Kjetil Larsen. Magda Andersson, who is the youngest female to secure a podium in TouringCars, commented: “Our goal was to reach the Semi-Finals at some stage this year, but to make the Final and to finish second is a dream come true.”

In Super1600 Denmark’s Ulrik Linnemann took the win and is now third in the standings with Latvian Jānis Baumanis holding onto his lead at the top of the table. Russia’s Timur Shigabutdinov and Hungary’s Krisztián Szabó were second and third respectively.

 

Final results of the WRX SuperCars to be found here.

Final results of the ERX SuperCars to be found here.

Final results of the Super1600s to be found here.

Final results of the TouringCars to be found here.

 

More images from the WorldRX of Germany round to be found here.

 

Top photo: Davy Jeanney en route to his first victory since he claimed the French Rallycross title in 2010. © JKR/ERC24