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26 May 2012

Jeanney, Bakkerud and Tohill first

Category: ERC, May, News Posted 26.05.12 18:36 by

Saturday’s racing at Greinbach is over, resulting in Davy Jeanney, Andreas Bakkerud and Derek Tohill winning their respective classes.


Under a beautiful blue sky and with the sun shining on the Styrian town of Greinbach, day one’s action of the Austrian ERC round has ended. Frenchman Davy Jeanney drove his Citroën C4 to a clear Heat 1 win over Italo-Dutchman Jos “Giuseppe” Kuijpers while Russian Timur Timerzyanov became third. Young Alexander Hvaal impressed with his driving, after being fast during the practice runs the Norwegian claimed the fourth place of the SuperCar drivers, leaving Swede Stig-Olof Walfridsson and Briton Liam Doran behind.

Update: About 40 minutes after the SuperCars results had been published it was made known that the seventh, Norwegian Mats Lysen was excluded from the 1st Heats. Quote: “Competitor No. 5 Mats Lysen – After report from the FIA Technical Delegate the rear aerodynamic device in the following has been found not in conformity with App. J – Art. The stewards decide to exclude him from the first heat.”

Find the updated SuperCars results here:

The racing of the Super1600 drivers ended somewhat confusing when the last group did one lap more than needed and was ordered to come back to the starting grid to do a re-run. It did not help Ulrik Linnemann & Co., however, reigning S1600 champion Andreas Bakkerud eventually claimed the fastest time ahead of Czech ERC rookie Jaroslav Vančík and Master of the House Christian Petrakovits. German René Münnich was en route to a very fast time when his engine started to produce a strange noise. While leading his group the internet entrepreneur from Saxony gave up to save his engine, but after the 1400cc Fabia was returned to the paddock it became certain that the engine had already gone for good.

Find the Super1600s results here:

Former European champion Derek Tohill from Ireland made day one of Greinbach his, topping the order of the TouringCars category. Czech Roman Častoral made good use of his veteran Opel Astra to claim the runner-up position of the TCs, Swede Robin Larsson bagged an amazing third place. The son of double ERC winner Lars Larsson joined the ERC only in Austria as his Škoda Fabia of the first generation was not ready in time for England and France.

Find the TouringCars results here:


After the ERC racing had been finished French Rallycross ace Marc Laboulle and 14 times ERC winner Kenneth Hansen presented the JRX Cup special for the first time by doing some demo laps at the Greinbach track (see image).