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15 May 2016

ERX: Hansen steals Mettet

Category: ERX, News Posted 15.05.16 19:24 by

A dramatic final win is taken by young Swede Kevin Hansen. Despite a clean sweep in the weekend’s qualifying, Jérôme Grosset-Janin is unable to take the event win. Linnerud takes third.

Kevin Hansen gains the Euro RX Supercar win in Belgium. Hansen takes the Supercar final from Jérôme Grosset-Janin and Tord Linnerud in the opening round of the 2016 European Rallycross Championship.

 

Kevin Hansen steals Mettet win from the hands of Grosset-Janin. © JKR/ERC24

Kevin Hansen steals Mettet win from the hands of Grosset-Janin. © JKR/ERC24

 

Jérôme Grosset-Janin had headed into the semi-finals and finals in pole position, following a clean-sweep in qualifying. The Frenchman dominated both days – driving his Albatec Racing 208 through to four fastest times. Grosset-Janin remained untouchable. A late surge from Kevin Hansen in Q3 and 4 was a sample of what was to come – following a disastrous first day confirmed which a fourth place position after four qualifying sessions.

 

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Setback for Hansen during day one. © JKR/ERC24

 

A day one had started badly for Hansen. An incident involving Rajala, Ohman and Takho seemed to be a setback: “I had a great start, and went down into the first corner – and then somebody hit my rear wheel and I found myself spinning – Rajala hit my first wheel and broke my drive shaft, and of course a DNF in Q1, ” said Hansen.

 

Grosset-Janin and Kevin Hansen locked in battle during the final. © JKR/ERC24

Grosset-Janin and Kevin Hansen locked in battle during the final. © JKR/ERC24

 

Semi-final one was eventually taken by Grosset-Janin from Tord Linnerud. The Frenchman seemed to be continuing his outstanding form throughout the weekend. Teammate Tommy Rustad took third.

In semi-final two – Kevin Hansen took the win, having started from pole. Eklund Motorsport VW Beetle campaigner Joni-Pekka Rajala took second ahead of CSUCSU.

The final was closely fought affair. From pole Hansen was out ahead into turn one. Having been unstoppable for most the weekend, Grosset-Janin fought hard to heap pressure on Hansen. The young Swede was able to cling on to take the round one. Linnerud crossed the line third.

Round One Euro RX Supercar Final Results:

1. Kevin Hansen
2. Jérôme Grosset-Janin
3. Tord Linnerud Motorsport
4. CSUSU‬
5. Tommy Rustad
6. J. Rajala‬