Hansen Motorsport’s driver Timur Timerzyanov became third on only three wheels in the ERC round at the Lånkebanen.
Timur Timerzyanov had the victory in sight in the A final of the Norwegian round of the European Rallycross Championship with his brand new Citroën DS3 when he closed the gap to leading American Tanner Foust. Timerzyanov, who choose to take the Joker Lap section in his first lap, drove efficient and flawless and gained meter by meter on the leading duo Foust and Englishman Liam Doran. However, a puncture half way to the finish ended the Russian’s chances of winning. Timur did a brilliant job holding it all together with only three good tyres and taking a well-deserved third place. With half the season left he is now leading the championship ahead of Foust.
“In the A final I went from having the victory almost in my hands to feel like a one legged rabbit with hungry wolfs behind me,” Timur claims visually. “My only thought was to fight in every corner and to try to lose as little as possible. During the last lap Stig-Olov Walfridsson was all over me, nagging on my rear bumper.”
Norwegian Alexander Hvaal, with a Citroën C4 the other SuperCar driver of the Hansen Motorsport team, had good speed and followed his teammate the first couple of laps. Hvaal had problems with the power steering and in the last laps had to work hard to stay on the track. “I was completely exhausted and every corner was painful to drive,” Alexander explains.
Tanner Foust went on to eventually win ahead of Liam Doran and Timur Timerzyanov at the beautiful Lånke circuit outside of Trondheim. The only Swede, Stig-Olov Walfridsson, was fourth ahead of the two Norwegians Mats Lysen and Alexander Hvaal. Frenchman Jean-Luc Pailler was seventh and young Norwegian Daniel Holten eighth.
Eric Färén (Citroën C2) did a good race in Super1600s and the fourth place in the B final did not give much justice compared to his speed. “The driving goes better and better and every race is a step forward,” Eric says about his first year in the category. “The weekend was not perfect, but at least I am up there to be able to score points when the luck turns my way.”
The next race, which is already coming weekend, is the peak of the season for many fans, as it is the legendary Swedish round in Höljes.
Photo: Timur Timerzyanov and his all-new Citroën DS3 SuperCar. © JKR/ERC24