World RX – Hansen brothers hit rivals with the outdated one-two on dwelling soil

Timmy Hansen led a second consecutive Hansen World RX Crew one-two end at Swecon World RX of Sweden right now (22 July), as followers’ favorite Andreas Bakkerud celebrated his return to the FIA World Rallycross Championship invoice with a well-liked podium end within the Euro RX1 curtain-raiser.

Timmy Hansen led a second consecutive Hansen World RX Crew one-two end at Swecon World RX of Sweden right now (22 July), as followers’ favorite Andreas Bakkerud celebrated his return to the FIA World Rallycross Championship invoice with a well-liked podium end within the Euro RX1 curtain-raiser.

Hansen and fellow world champion Johan Kristoffersson fought it out for honours through the qualifying levels, with the previous getting the higher of his countryman in a crowd-pleasing duel that pushed each drivers proper to the restrict across the legendary Värmland circuit.

That earned the pair a pole place apiece for his or her respective semi-finals, however while Hansen transformed his right into a lights-to-flag victory, Kristoffersson’s effort to do likewise was scuppered by a double puncture that introduced an early finish to the KYB EKS JC star’s weekend.

His misfortune opened the door for Kevin Hansen within the sister Peugeot 208 to hitch his brother on the entrance row of the grid for the ultimate, having needed to battle again from a troublesome run by means of the qualifiers. From there, the brothers had been on imperious kind as they sped to the highest two steps of the rostrum, with Timmy – who had by no means beforehand triumphed at Höljes – turning the tables on the Barcelona winner to usurp the lead of the World Championship standings.

They didn’t go unchallenged, nevertheless, as they had been pushed laborious certainly by Unkorrupted’s Kevin Abbring, who claimed his maiden rostrum end in solely his sixth World RX begin. The Dutchman was spectacular from the outset in Sweden, overcoming Q1 contact that pitched him right into a spin to high the timesheets in Q3 and unleash a scintillating turn-of-speed within the ultimate.

An early joker tactic in the end left Abbring caught behind Krisztían Szabó till the final lap, and while that prevented him from mounting a bid for victory, he nonetheless laid down a marker for future occasions.

Enzo Ide supplied KYB EKS JC some comfort with a fourth-place end, because the Belgian – who continues to indicate enchancment with each outing – progressed by means of to the ultimate for the primary time in his fledgling World RX profession.

Szabó completed fifth to maneuver as much as third within the title desk, however GRX-SET World RX Crew stablemate Niclas Grönholm missed out on the ultimate on account of a penalty for hitting a course marker on this semi-final following contact with Peter Hedström. Juha Rytkönen took the chequered flag sixth.

Timmy Hansen, Hansen World RX Crew (1st), mentioned:

“It’s been a unbelievable weekend. I’ve been attempting to win right here for a very long time and got here tremendous shut on quite a lot of events, and now lastly we did it! This can be a magic second and I’m tremendous completely happy.

“It was a disgrace to see Johan [Kristoffersson] not make the ultimate as a result of I used to be wanting ahead to persevering with the battle, however from our facet, each session went easily and I’m very pleased with the tempo we’ve had – it exhibits that every one our laborious work over the winter has paid off. The primary two rounds of the season have gone completely for us, and now we have to proceed to focus and carry on working laborious.”

Kevin Hansen, Hansen World RX Crew (2nd), mentioned:

“We had a tricky time of issues within the qualifiers, and while I attempted my greatest to interrupt that sample, nothing appeared to work. After I received the chance within the semi-final, I needed to seize it, and to increase our lead in each championships is simply superior – I don’t suppose two brothers have ever achieved back-to-back one-two finishes in World RX earlier than.

“Now, I’m already wanting ahead to Lohéac. The competitors will clearly be powerful, however our automotive fits the monitor nicely and we’ll go there with some nice momentum. It’s the house of the Lion (Peugeot), and I’m excited to return after a few years away.”

Kevin Abbring, Unkorrupted (3rd), mentioned:

“Initially, congratulations to Timmy and Kevin. I might love to have the ability to share a podium with my brother, however sadly I don’t have a brother, and my sister is absolutely sluggish… Being critical, although, I believe we must be very happy. We had been persistently fast proper the way in which from free follow by means of to the ultimate and didn’t make many errors.

“We clearly needed to battle again after Q1, and we stayed out of bother, if not out of site visitors! I actually consider we may have pushed for the win if we hadn’t received caught behind Szabó within the ultimate, however I’m nonetheless completely happy to attain my first podium and I believe we placed on a great present for the spectators.”


If Saturday was the Fraser McConnell present, then Sunday was all about Jesse Kallio within the second spherical of the FIA RX2e Championship, as he produced a peerless efficiency to assert his maiden victory within the all-electric single-make collection.

McConnell on-course for glory as he dominated Q1 and Q2, however right now, Kallio nicely and really turned up the wick. The pair lined up alongside each other on the entrance row of the grid for the ultimate, with the Jamaican on pole, however it was the Finn who made the higher begin to seize the initiative, and from that time on, he was by no means headed.

McConnell took the chequered flag second, with the consequence which means there are actually simply two factors protecting the main three drivers within the championship chase. Catalunya winner Guillaume De Ridder was unable to copy fairly the identical tempo in Sweden and picked up a puncture within the ultimate, however fourth place nonetheless retains the Belgian on the high of the desk, a single level forward of Kallio, with McConnell an additional level in arrears in third.

On his RX2e bow, Isak Sjökvist turned heads with a powerful run to the rostrum, whereas fellow newcomer Isak Reiersen and British teenager Patrick O’Donovan additionally caught the attention.


Thomas Bryntesson was already a winner forward of the weekend, with the Swede’s Gulf Oil-liveried Volkswagen Polo roundly voted the best-looking automotive on the grid for the 2021 Euro RX1 curtain-raiser at Höljes. When the chequered flag fell on the finish of the ultimate, he was a winner on-track, too.

Bryntesson was there or thereabouts all through the qualifiers, setting the tempo in This autumn and gratefully inheriting the highest spot within the intermediate standings following dramas for countryman Anton Marklund and Fabien Pailler.

After heading off Jean Baptiste ‘JB’ Dubourg for victory within the first semi-final, Bryntesson then repeated that consequence within the ultimate in an inch-perfect show. Followers’ favorite Andreas Bakkerud fought again from a driveshaft failure in Q3 to spherical out the podium from the rear of the grid on his debut for ESMotorsport, posting quickest lap alongside the way in which as the highest three flashed throughout the end line blanketed by barely a second.

For a lot of the weekend, Marklund – reunited along with his 2017 title-winning VW Polo – unbeatable, however a spectacular barrel-roll after clipping the kerb on the joker merge in This autumn left the Swede with a distinctly second-hand chassis and dominated him out of the rest of the competitors.

Equally out-of-luck was two-time French champion Pailler, who was denied Prime Qualifier standing by a monitor marker penalty after which misplaced a wheel whereas firmly on-course to win the second semi-final.


Yury Belevskiy was on commanding kind as soon as extra in Euro RX3, though final 12 months’s highest scorer was once more pushed laborious by younger rookie Kobe Pauwels, who battled again from misfortune in the same Volland Racing Audi A1.

Belevskiy secured a clear sweep of the qualifying levels, gained his semi-final and led from lights-to-flag within the ultimate, however that failed to inform the complete story, as Pauwels recovered from an engine-related retirement in This autumn to make a demon begin from the again row of the grid within the ultimate and haul himself into rivalry.

The Belgian teenager’s quest for a outstanding victory was foiled by late joker Jan Černý, leaving him half-a-second adrift of Belevskiy on the shut, however his efficiency was nonetheless one other indicator that he shall be a drive to be reckoned with this season. Marat Knyazev accomplished the podium finishers in third, with Škoda ace Černý the highest non-Audi driver in fourth.

The 2021 FIA World Rallycross Championship marketing campaign resumes in a fortnight’s time at Lohéac in France on 3-5 September, for one more full invoice of World RX, RX2e, Euro RX1 and Euro RX3 motion.


1. Timmy Hansen (SWE) Hansen World RX Crew 6 laps
2. Kevin HANSEN (SWE) Hansen World RX Crew + 1.049s
3. Kevin ABBRING (NLD) Unkorrupted + 1.645s
4. Enzo IDE (BEL) KYB EKS JC + 3.154s
5. Krisztián SZABÓ(HUN) GRX-SET World RX Crew + 3.696s

Full outcomes might be discovered here

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