World RX: Double win for Team Peugeot-Hansen at Hell
Timmy Hansen (Team Peugeot-Hansen) finally achieved his first victory in 2015 season of World Rallycross Championship. Hansen in his Peugeot 208 WRX Supercar were the most dominant man-machine pair at Hell rallycross circuit, collecting the most points in qualifying heats with two wins and two more podiums. Domination continued in his Semifinal group, in which Hansen won ahead of his teammate Davy Jeanney and Robin Larsson with an Audi A1. Same 1-2-3 classification was repeated in the Final race, so Team Peugeot-Hansen celebrated a double victory.
Three drivers who were the fastest in the second Semifinal group were Alx Danielsson (Munnich Motorsport), P-G Andersson (Marklund Motorsport) and Timur Timerzyanov (Namus OMSE). In the final race they filled the places from 4th to 6th.
List of drivers who didn’t pass Semifinals are full of superstars, but there were just six places in the Final. Championship leader Petter Solberg (SD RX) and runner-up Andreas Bakkerud (Olsbergs MSE) stuck in Semifinals, same as DTM-star Mattias Ekstrom (EKS RX) and his teammate Anton Marklund, last year’s winner of Hell RX Reinis Nitiss (Olsbergs MSE) and Petter’s older brother Henning Solberg (Olsbergs MSE).
Once again was proven that good results from qualifying heats didn’t mean anything if you failed in decisive run for the Final. Timmy Hansen and Petter Solberg both won two qualifying heats but the results at the end were completely different. Solberg is still championship leader but his advantage has decreased.
Alongside 24 World RX drivers at Hell there were 20 competitors from European Rallycross Championship. Tommy Rustad in Marklund Motorsport’s VW Polo, won ahead of Joni-Pekka Rajala in Saab 9-3 (Eklund Motorsport) and Janis Baumanis in Hansen’s Peugeot 208.