Sup­port championships de­cided in Ger­many

Motor Sport News - - World Rallyacross: Germany -

With the Es­ter­ing cir­cuit host­ing the fi­nal Euro­pean-based World RX event of the year, the de­cid­ing rounds of the Euro­pean Rallycross Cham­pi­onship for Tour­ing­car and Su­per1600 took place in Ger­many.

Ben-philip Gun­der­sen and Krisz­tian Sz­abo claimed the Tour­ing­car and Su­per1600 ti­tles re­spec­tively.

Gun­der­sen only fin­ished in fifth po­si­tion in the Tour­ing­car fi­nal while sea­son-long points ri­val Magda An­der­s­son fin­ished on the podium, but Gun­der­sen claimed the over­all crown by a sin­gle point.

Pole­sit­ter David Nordgard won the rear-wheel-drive fi­nal.

It was a sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tion in the Su­per1600 cat­e­gory, where the cham­pi­onship leader head­ing into the event, Ul­rik Lin­ne­mann, suf­fered from drive­shaft fail­ure in Q4 drop­ping him down the In­ter­me­di­ate Clas­si­fi­ca­tion stand­ings.

The Dane fought back in the semi-fi­nal and fi­nal but third place in the fi­nal, de­spite hav­ing been sixth on lap one, wasn’t enough to stop Sz­abo from tak­ing the crown.

“Be­fore the semi-fi­nal was the most ner­vous I have been in my life,” said Sz­abo. “I just had to give it ev­ery­thing in the fi­nal – it didn’t just de­pend on me, I just had to win and see what else hap­pened.

“Yes, I was so lucky today, but luck is also part of this sport I think. I will de­fend my ti­tle next sea­son.

“An­dreas Bakkerud won Su­per1600 twice be­fore he moved to Su­per­car so maybe I can fol­low on his road.

“My dream is to race a Su­per­car, we will see what hap­pens after this.”

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