World RX at Holjes: Bakkerud's second win in a row
Andreas Bakkerud scored second victory in a row in the Hoonigan Racing Division’s Ford Focus RS RX in the sixth round of the 2016 World Rallycross Championship at Swedish Holjes Motorstadion. The 24-year-old Norwegian jumped to the third place in the championship standings, behind Mattias Ekstrom and Petter Solberg. Ekstrom finished sixth in the final of the Swedish round, while Solberg didn’t pass semifinal.
In the final 6-lap run, Bakkerud won ahead of Team Peugeot-Hansen teammates Sebastien Loeb and Timmy Hansen. Loeb catched the second place after the handbrake on Hansen’s car broke on the final corner.
We saw four different winners in four qualifying heats – Loeb, Johan Kristoffersson, Solberg and Bakkerud. Kristoffersson was first in the Intermediate Classification. He passed the semifinal as the second in his group and finished fifth in the final run. His teammate Anton Marklund in another VW Polo RX was fourth overall. Ekstrom’s team-mate Toomas Heikkinen finished seventh in Sweden and contributed to EKS RX team’s first place in the championship standings, 32 points ahead of Team Peugeot-Hansen.
In the FIA European Rallycross Championship, Kevin Hansen triumphed in front of home crowd, extending his lead in the championship standings. Fredrik Salsten and Tommy Rustad finished second and third. In the third round of the FIA European Rallycross Championship for TouringCars, Ben-Philip Gundersen triumphed in his Ford Fiesta. Sweden’s Magda Andersson and Norway’s Petter Brauten finished second and third respectively. Denmark’s Ulrik Linnemann won the Super1600 category at the wheel of his Peugeot 208. In the fifth round of the RX Lites Cup, Simon Olofsson took the overall win on home soil.
The seventh round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship will take place at Trois-Rivieres in Canada on August 6-7.