Friday 5th of April 2019

Team Hansen MJP’s Timmy Hansen is the day one TQ (top qualifier) at the World RX of Abu Dhabi, round one of the FIA World Rallycross Championship by setting the quickest time in Q2 to add to his Q1 win.

Hansen took the hole shot into turn one in Q2 race one and remained in front ahead of Monster Energy RX Cartel’s Andreas Bakkerud, using a later joker lap strategy to just remain ahead of Bakkerud in a close first corner move on lap four. Bakkerud was second quickest under the lights in World RX’s first ever night race at the Yas Marina Circuit, and GRX Taneco’s Reinis Nitiss put his puncture of Q1 behind him to win his race and be third in the second qualifier. Sixth in Q2, Kevin Hansen is third on the first day of World RX 2019 and joined brother Timmy and Bakkerud in the day one press conference.

“I just had the perfect day. I took both my starts and from the lead could control the race, even though Andreas was very close at one point. When I came out of the joker in Q2 we were side-by-side but I could carry a bit more speed because I’d taken the joker so I just squeezed by. Overall it has been a perfect day, I think it’s more than we could have expected after everything that’s happened and how hard we’ve been working to get here. Now we’re finally here everything is running perfectly,” explained Hansen. “I must say that Timo Scheider was impressive today and all three of the Hyundai’s were very fast, so they haven’t been on the lazy side this winter!”

GC Kompetition’s Anton Marklund again won his race in Q2 and was fifth quickest, behind GRX Taneco’s Niclas Gronholm. Lithuania’s Rokas Baciuska was seventh in only his second ever qualifying race in World RX with Esmotorsport-Labas GAS. Team STARD’s Janis Baumanis recovered from a slow start in Q2 race two to be eighth quickest.

For the first time in World RX history, the grid order was reversed for Q2, dictated by a random draw. Carried out at the end of the last race of Q1, the draw decided that the fastest cars from Q1 would run in the first race of Q2.

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