KRISTOFFERSSON TAKES Q1 IN HELL
Sweden’s Johan Kristoffersson followed his Free Practice one performance from yesterday evening to set the quickest time in Q1 at the World RX of Norway, round five of the FIA World Rallycross Championship in Hell.
Kristoffersson took the lead of Q1 race three from fourth on the grid at turn one despite contact to the rear of his car from Norway’s Kjetil Larsen to beat the previous quickest time set by Q1 race one winner Petter Solberg.
Team Peugeot Total’s Sebastien Loeb won Q1 race four in front of GRX Taneco’s Timur Timerzyanov and split the PSRX Volkswagen Sweden drivers in the Q1 results, as Russia’s Timerzyanov was fourth in GRX’s Hyundai i20.
EKS Audi Sport’s Mattias Ekstrom and Loeb’s Peugeot team mate Timmy Hansen took their jokers on lap one of race five, but the third Peugeot 208, driven by Kevin Hansen led the race from turn one and exited the joker just ahead of Ekstrom on lap four, the 2016 World RX Drivers’ Champion also getting passed by Timmy Hansen on the exit of turn two.
Kevin Hansen’s race win put him fifth in Q1, with Timmy Hansen sixth and Norway’s Andreas Bakkerud seventh after finishing third to Loeb and Timerzyanov in race four.
Racing in his first ever World RX event, Alex Wurz was forced to take two joker laps after jumping the start and was 18th quickest. Both GC Kompeition Renault Megane RS RX’s of France’s Guerlain Chicherit and Jerome Grosset-Janin had technical problems on lap one of race two but got going again to make it to the finish line.
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