Hansen proves that he is the King of Europe yet again with Swedish glory

Motor Sport News - - World Rallycross -

Swedish ace Kevin Hansen ex­tended his un­beaten run at the head of the FIA European Ral­ly­cross Cham­pi­onship stand­ings at the se­ries’ third event run­ning along­side the World RX event at Hol­jes.

Hansen claimed max­i­mum points by fin­ish­ing top at the In­ter­me­di­ate Clas­si­fi­ca­tion, win­ning the first semi-fi­nal and fi­nal, much like he had at the pre­vi­ous round in Nor­way.

Hansen’s Peu­geot Hansen Academy team-mate Fredrik Sal­sten scored a maiden Su­per­car podium in sec­ond, while Al­batec Rac­ing’s Tommy Rus­tad was clas­si­fied third.

The Nor­we­gian had been passed by for­mer GP3 racer win­ner Ta­mas Pal Kiss in the fi­nal cor­ner, but the Hun­gar­ian was pe­nalised for ex­ceed­ing track lim­its. Rus­tad’s team owner, Bri­tish driver Andy Scott, rolled his Peu­geot 208 in Q3 af­ter con­tact with Rus­tad but did make the semi-fi­nals, as did for­mer Euro RX Tour­ing­car cham­pion Derek To­hill, who was forced to slow in semi-fi­nal one with a bro­ken drive­shaft.

Eng­land-based Ir­ish­man Ol­lie O’dono­van also ran in­side the semi-fi­nal cut-off all week­end but was pushed off in Q4 by Martin Kacz­marski at the joker lap exit and didn’t make it through to the semi-fi­nals.

Mark Fla­herty re­tired on the open­ing day with en­gine prob­lems.

Bri­tish Su­per1600 Cham­pi­onship chal­lenger Phil Chicken com­peted in the front-wheel drive di­vi­sion in Swe­den and was clas­si­fied in 19th po­si­tion over­all.

Dan­ish driver Ul­rik Lin­ne­mann claimed vic­tory in the Su­per 1600 di­vi­sion. Si­mon Olof­s­son won the RX Lites Cup fi­nal and Ben-philip Gun­der­sen was vic­to­ri­ous in the Tour­ing­car sec­tion.

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