Timmy Hansen has continued his run of good form in the FIA World Rallycross Championship after winning this weekend’s Intercity World RX of Turkey. Ford Olsbergs MSE driver Andreas Bakkerud took the runner-up spot and third place was taken by Team Volkswagen Sweden driver Johan Kristoffersson.
“We lost too many points this weekend which isn’t so good for the Championship, now the pressure is really on” explained Solberg. The Norwegian failed to make today’s final after he broke his car’s driveshaft in the first semi-final and nursed his Citroen DS3 Supercar to the finish.
“My semi-final was the craziest and most fun race I have had, I have never had to fight so much for a win,” grinned Turkey RX winner Hansen, who was also awarded the Monster Energy Super Charge Award for being the first driver to reach turn one in the final. “Our start was not so good in the semi-final and there was a lot of chaos with so many close battles going on. I was so happy to come out top. Then the final, wow! I got a great start and then kept pushing until the very end when I did the Joker and just managed to stay ahead of Andreas. I actually can’t believe I won today and all I have left to say is that rallycross is the most exciting sport in the world!”
Bakkuerud – who won last year’s Turkey RX – was just three hundredths of a second behind event winner Hansen. The Norwegian explained: “It’s really great to be back on the podium but it’s hard to be second when you’re so close to the win. The team has worked so hard and it’s nice to be able to give something back to them. Reinis should be here with me. It was a great battle and unfortunately he lost out.”
Kristoffersson was full of confidence going to Istanbul and qualified sixth at the Intermediate Classification. The Swede managed to keep his nose clean in the first semi-final to finish third and secure a spot in the final where he started on the third row. Kristoffersson made contact with EKS driver Anton Marklund in the first lap – which led to Marklund’s retirement when smoke filled his car – but Kristoffersson continued. He explained: “As Timmy said, our semi-final was chaos but I managed to make it through to the final and then I had one of the best starts I’ve had all season. There was so much traffic in turn one so I lost some time and slotted in behind some of the others. After my contact with Anton in turn three, I just tried to focus on the track and do my own thing. I’m really happy with P3.”
EKS driver Mattias Ekstrom the two-time DTM Champion made contact with his team-mate Anton Marklund during the final and ended up fourth, with Marklund sixth. Fifth overall was Frenchman Davy Jeanney who had another solid run in his Peugeot 208 WRX Supercar to help Team Peugeot-Hansen further extend its lead in the overall Teams’ Championship.
Swedish driver Robin Larsson was on course for a spot in today’s final but spun his car in the final lap of the second semi-final, costing him a top three spot. It was a similar story for Ford Olsbergs MSE driver Reinis Nitiss who was leading for the majority of his semi-final until a gearbox problem slowed his progress.
Round 11 (Turkey – Istanbul) – October 03-04, 2015
Timmy Hansen (Team Peugeot Hansen, Peugeot 208 WRX)
Andreas Bakkerud (OlsbergMSE AB, Ford Fiesta ST)
Johan Kristoffersson (Volkswagen Team Sweden, Volkswagen Polo)
Mattias Ekström (EKSRX, Audi S1)
Davy Jeanney (Team Peugeot Hansen, Peugeot 208 WRX),
Anton Marklund (EKSRX, Audi S1)