FIA World RX of Bel­gium

Evo - - BRIEFING -

TIMMY HANSEN PUT IN WHAT HE

called ‘ pos­si­bly the best laps I have ever made in my rac­ing ca­reer’ in the fi­nal race at the Bel­gian round of the FIA World Ral­ly­cross Cham­pi­onship in May. How­ever, af­ter Hansen’s Peu­geot 208 picked up a punc­ture, Jo­han Kristof­fers­son sneaked his VW Polo ahead as Hansen emerged from a last-lap joker – an ex­tra sec­tion of track that adds two or three sec­onds to a lap time and must be com­pleted once dur­ing the race.

Hansen had beaten fel­low Swede Kristof­fers­son in the first semi-fi­nal, get­ting the ‘holeshot’ (i.e. he was first into the open­ing cor­ner) in an in­tense bat­tle that saw nine-time WRC champ Sébastien Loeb forced into the bar­ri­ers, rul­ing him out of the fi­nal.

It was an even worse day for Timmy’s brother Kevin, who suf­fered a huge ac­ci­dent in the third qual­i­fy­ing round, rolling twice fol­low­ing an al­ter­ca­tion with a tyre bar­rier at a chi­cane. Kevin climbed out un­aided but sore, though the dam­age to his Peu­geot was too se­vere to re­pair on-site.

Mat­tias Ek­ström fin­ished fourth in the fi­nal in his Audi S1, which was enough for him to re­tain a slim cham­pi­onship lead over Kristof­fers­son.

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