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04 Jul 2015

WRX: Hansen heads Höljes

Category: News, WRX Posted 04.07.15 21:21 by

Team Peugeot-Hansen’s Timmy Hansen is leading the Volkswagen World RX of Sweden, Round 6 of the FIA World Rallycross Championship, after taking the Heat 1 victory and finishing fourth fastest in Heat 2.

 

Ford Olsbergs MSE driver Andreas Bakkerud won Heat 2 and is placed second overnight. His teammate Reinis Nitišs holds third after the 19-year-old Latvian finished 0.6 seconds behind Bakkerud in Heat 2. Reigning World RX Champion Petter Solberg was quickest during this morning’s Free Practice, but some glitches with his car’s engine saw the driver slip to fourth after two heats. Last year’s Höljes RX winner Mattias Ekström rounds off the Top 5 in his Audi S1 EKS quattro.

 

Andreas Bakkerud and Reinis Nitišs are in second and third place respectively after Day 1. © JKR/ERC24

Andreas Bakkerud and Reinis Nitišs are in second and third place respectively after Day 1. © JKR/ERC24

 

Johan Kristoffersson leading Petter Solberg, but in the evening it was the other way round. © JKR/ERC24

Johan Kristoffersson leading Petter Solberg, but in the evening it was the other way round. © JKR/ERC24

 

“It’s been a great day and it’s fantastic to take a heat win at my home event. I was up against some big names in the first heat [Solberg, Kristoffersson and Bakkerud] so the win felt even sweeter,” confirmed 22-year-old Hansen who posted the quickest heat of the day with a time of 2 minutes 59.8 seconds. “We had a good strategy in heat one and it paid off. The team are making some small changes to the car now, but everything is feeling good and I’m confident we can continue for a good result tomorrow.” Hansen’s teammate Davy Jeanney was third in Heat 2, but a front-right puncture in the opening heat prevented the Frenchman from finishing today further up the leaderboard.

 

Liam Doran is eighth overall of the overnight standings. © JKR/ERC24

Liam Doran is eighth overall of the overnight standings. © JKR/ERC24

 

Youngster Daniel Holden is debuting the VW Beetle SuperCar made by veteran Per Eklund. © JKR/ERC24

Youngster Daniel Holden is debuting the VW Beetle SuperCar built by veteran Per Eklund. © JKR/ERC24

 

“I feel we’ve had good pace today.  We have pushed today but haven’t done anything silly,” explained Bakkerud. “We’ve had two good starts and on the second heat, myself and Reinis discussed a strategy before we started the race. Reinis took the Joker on the first lap and I took the normal line which worked well. We had four clean laps and it was a brilliant way to finish the day in front of so many fans, friends and family who are here to support me this weekend.”

 

The organisers expect a record crowd of about 40,000 people tomorrow. © JKR/ERC24

The organisers expect a record crowd of about 40,000 people for its 40th year of Rallycross celebration. © JKR/ERC24

 

Daniel Holten had a solid outing in the all-new Volkswagen Beetle SuperCar taking a race win and ending today 16th out of the 35 SuperCars that are entered. Holten summarised his day: “The Beetle is brand new so there’s a lot of learning to do, but we make some adjustments to the car’s set-up before Heat 2 and everything is feeling good. I love this track; I’ve been driving here for six years so I know it well. I’ve got pole position in my first race tomorrow so my aim to get a good start and to get a good time so I can try to make the top 12 tomorrow.”

Elsewhere Volkswagen Sweden’s Johan Kristoffersson – who is second in the overall drivers’ standings – showed good pace in his Polo RX SuperCar, but was given a five second penalty after exceeding track limits. He ends the day 11th overall.

 

Ulrik Linnemann missed just 5 points on the Saturday maximum in Super1600s. © JKR/ERC24

Ulrik Linnemann missed just 5 points on the Saturday maximum in Super1600s. © JKR/ERC24

 

Timur Shigaboutdinov lost a wheel on his S1600 Renault Clio, but it did not hit people. © JKR/ERC24

Timur Shigaboutdinov lost a wheel on his S1600 Renault Clio, but it did not hit people. © JKR/ERC24

 

Ulrik Linnemann, Ben-Philip Gundersen and Andreas Wernersson lead the Super1600, TouringCar and RX Lites categories. Denmark’s Linnemann won the first two heats and was second in his Heat 2 race to Latvian Jānis Baumanis, who is second overall. Russian Nikita Misyulya ran behind Linnemann throughout the last heat race and is third.

In TouringCar, Ben-Philip Gundersen was fastest twice to lead the rear-wheel drive division, ahead of series leader Fredrik Salsten, who was only about to set 16th fastest time in Heat 2 due to a left rear puncture. Philip Gehrman is third. Sweden’s Magda Andersson won her third heat race much to the delight of the home crowd and is fifth after three heats.

 

Kevin Hansen made Heat 1 his, but is currently in third place of the RX Lites campaigners. © JKR/ERC24

Kevin Hansen made Heat 1 his, but is currently in third place of the RX Lites campaigners. © JKR/ERC24

 

In the RX Lites Cup, Kevin Eriksson was fastest in Heat 2 as Kevin Hansen spun, but it is Olsbergs MSE driver Andreas Wernersson who leads after three heats. Simon Olofsson is second while Kevin Hansen set the third fastest time in Heat 3 to lie third overall.

 

SuperCar standings after Day 1.

Super1600 standings after Day 1.

TouringCar standings after Day 1.

RX Lites standings after Day 1 and 2.

 

More images from WorldRX of Sweden to be found here.

 

Top photo: After a fastest and a fourth fastest time Timmy Hansen leads the overnight standings. © JKR/ERC24