Hansen wins Loheac, Bakkerud leads World RX title race. Larsson is Euro Champ.

Seven days in rallycross 5 September

by Rallycross World |

30 August
  FIA President Jean Todt makes his third visit to the FIA World Rallycross Championship (after Italy 2014 and Latvia 2017) and spends the weekend meeting teams and drivers.

Rallycross World | Jean Todt World RX Loheac

1 September   In a busy weekend of racing at round eight of the FIA World Rallycross Championship at Loheac in France, Timmy Hansen (Peugeot 208) collects his third win of the year but loses the series lead to Andreas Bakkerud (Audi S1). Bakkerud has a roller-coaster weekend in which he was sanctioned by the Stewards and ordered to carry out a day’s community service for remarks made in a TV interview after Q1. He then sets third fastest time in Q2 and wins Q3 before slumping to 11th in Q4. With no single driver dominant, it is Hansen who leads after qualifying, GCK’s Rokas Baciuska second after a stellar run and ahead of Bakkerud, Niclas Gronholm and Toomas Heikkinen who was fastest in Q1. Bakkerud and Gronholm win in the semis but when the pair duel in T1 of the final they leave the door open to Hansen to takes lead and drives away to victory. Anton Marklund (Renault Megane) works through from row three to take second place ahead of Kevin Hansen, making it an all Swedish podium.

Rallycross World | Hansen Marklund Gronholm Loheac

In the European Supercar championship Robin Larsson (Audi S1) becomes champion-elect after taking his fourth win in five events. JB Dubourg (Peugeot 208) comes on strong on home ground but it’s too little, too late. The top qualifier, Dubourg wins semi one but is not able to stop Larsson, who wins semi two, in the final. Tamas Karai (Audi A1) continues in strong run of 2019 results and places third having been seventh in the intermediate classification.

Rallycross World | Larsson Dubourg Karai Loheac

Aydar Nuriev returns to the top step of the podium in Super1600. Round four winner Yuri Belevskiy (Audi A1) is top qualifier but loses semi one to Gergely Marton (Audi A1). Nuriev takes semi two before winning the final, Belevskiy second and Artur Egorov (Audi A1) third. Frenchmen Maximilien Eveno and Jimmy Terpereau place fourth and sixth, Marton fifth.
The RX2 field staged a thriller for its final, points leader Oliver Eriksson top at the intermediate stage and winning semi one while Ben Philip Gundersen won the second semi. Eriksson was pressed by Sami-Matti Trogen while Gundersen gained position after an early Joker lap. When the lead duo jokered in the last lap Gundersen eased ahead but there was a mad dash for the finish with Frazer McConnell now also in the hunt but shaded by Eriksson and Trogen.

Rallycross World | Gundersen Eriksson Trogen McConnell Loheac RX2

1 September   The Italian Rallycross Championship visits Melk in Austria where it is combined with a Austrian and Czech championships. Supercars are thin on the ground in the event which has 11 categories on-track. Victory in the event presents no real problems for Gigi Galli who steers his Kia Rio to first place ahead of Austrian veteran Alois Holler (Fiesta), Tristan Ekker (Polo) and Mathias Schorgenhofer (Golf) who is fourth and last of the Supercar runners. Czech racer Zdenek Kucera (Skoda Fabia) wins the Super1600 final, and Maicol Giacomotti (KartCross K8) is best of the kart cross field. The Italian concludes atMaggiora Offroad Arena on 20 October.

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