Team Peugeot Total’s Timmy Hansen executed a perfect joker lap strategy to beat PSRX Volkswagen Sweden’s Petter Solberg in the last race of qualifying in the World RX of Catalunya-Barcelona and climbed to second in the Intermediate Classification. 

Solberg led Q4 race four from the first corner until the last lap, when he took his joker and was passed by Hansen. Second in the final race and second in the Q4 times mean that Solberg maintained his position in the Intermediate Classification as TQ (top qualifier) and will start on pole position in semi-final one.

The last race of the session started with an action-filled first corner, Kristoffersson closing the door on EKS Audi Sport’s Andreas Bakkerud, Hansen and Solberg, Bakkerud’s Audi S1 EKS quattro leaping into the air.
Kristoffersson finished third and will start semi-final one on the front row next to his team mate.

Bakkerud and Olsbergs MSE’s Robin Larsson will form the second row of semi-final one, with GRX Taneco driver Timur Timerzyanov and GC Kompetition’s Guerlain Chicherit completing the semi-final one grid.

Hansen’s Q4 performance means he will start on pole position in semi-final two, with EKS’ Mattias Ekstrom, who won Q4 race three and was fourth quickest, joining him at the front of the grid. 

Finland’s Niclas Gronholm and Latvia’s Janis Baumanis continued their strong performances in Q4 and will start on row two of semi-final two, with France’s Jerome Grosset-Janin also making it through

Team Peugeot Total’s Sebastien Loeb didn’t make into the top 12 initially, only to be bumped up into position at the expense of team-mate Kevin Hansen. Kevin Eriksson failed to progress despite winning race two, the Olsbergs MSE driver 14th on the classification to join the sidelines with Oliver Bennett, Gregoire Demoustier and Herve “Knapick” Lemonnier.

View all results and classification after Q4 for the World RX of Catalunya-Barcelona HERE

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