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FLYING FINN TOOMAS HEIKKINEN WINS Q1

Finland’s Topi Heikkinen leads the eighth round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship at Trois-Rivieres in Canada after Q1, the EKS driver winning race four of the session to set the quickest time. 

On a drying circuit, following several hours of heavy rain, Heikkinen used dry tyres to be quickest as Sweden’s Kevin Eriksson also used dry rubber in the last race of Q1 to be third in the Intermediate Classification. Championship leader Johan Kristoffersson used wet tyres to win the first race of the weekend in Q1 and ended up second overall, less than a tenth of a second slower than Heikkinen. 

Sweden’s Mattias Ekstrom made the best start in race two and led Norway’s Petter Solberg for the four laps to secure fourth in the Intermediate Classification, but Ken Block’s time in race four was good enough to split Ekstrom and Solberg in the overall classification, in fifth. Team Peugeot-Hansen team mates Timmy Hansen and Sebastien Loeb finished first and second in race three following a battle for position on lap one with Germany’s Timo Scheider and were eighth, tenth and 11th respectively. Latvia’s Reinis Nitiss experienced a drivetrain problem with his EKS Audi S1 on the final lap of race one but did finish. 

In Q1 of the RX2 International Series, France’s Cyril Raymond finished P1, Belgium’s Guillaume De Ridder was second and Russia’s Vasily Gryazin third. 

Find full Q1 results from Canada RX here

 

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