Frenchman Davy Jeanney took home first place at the World RX of Germany in round five of the FIA World Rallycross Championship. Reigning World RX Champion Petter Solberg clinched the runners-up spot and extended his Championship lead over Sweden’s Johan Kristoffersson by 35 points. While Timmy Hansen finished in third to make it a double podium for Team Peugeot-Hansen.
After a dominant display at the wheel of a Peugeot 208 RX Supercar a grinning Jeanney said, “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”.
Jeanney, became the first Frenchman to win a round of World RX. 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 and to leave here with maximum points is a fantastic feeling.”
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 win” admitted the reigning World Championship. “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 Holjes, I’ll come back pushing even harder.”
Timmy Hansen’s weekend didn’t get off to the best start when the Peugeot-Hansen 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!”
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 the final following contact with Linnerud at turn one.
Elsewhere, it was a tough weekend for EKS team owner Mattias Ekstrom 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 Nitiss on turn one saw both drivers retire.
The World RX crews will now have a week’s break before the Championship resumes in Sweden for the iconic Holjes event from the 3rd to the 5th of July.