FIA World RX of Belgium
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.