Thursday 21st of May 2020

Sweden’s Timmy Hansen, the reigning FIA World Rallycross Champion, celebrates his 28th birthday today, 21 May, so this edition of Throwback Thursday goes back to Hansen’s first World RX win.

The Hansen team maintained its 2013 driver line-up for 2014, with Timmy Hansen and Russia’s Timur Timerzyanov driving new Peugeot 208s supported by Peugeot, with the squad renamed Team Peugeot-Hansen.

The car showed good speed through the year but it wasn’t until round 10, at the Franciacorta Circuit in Italy that Hansen made it onto the top step of the podium. He set the quickest time in Q1 and Q4 to take the TQ (top qualifier) position in the Intermediate Classification, in front of Sweden’s Johan Kristoffersson (quickest in Q2) and Norway’s Petter Solberg (quickest in Q3). Sweden’s Anton Marklund was P4 in the Intermediate points and took the final front-row starting position for the semi-finals.

Hansen defended from a charging Solberg through semi-final one to take the win before Timerzyanov took the win in semi-final two. The Team Peugeot-Hansen 208s lined up side-by-side on the front row of the final, and it was Hansen who took the holeshot from pole position and claimed the Monster Energy Super Charge Award. He led the race from the front and was the only one of the six drivers not to hit drama on his way to a first World RX win.

Timerzyanov’s hopes ended at the same time as Kristoffersson’s on lap one with a left front puncture. Norway’s Andreas Bakkerud retired and Solberg lost out on second to debut driver Richard Goransson, who took his joker on lap one and then passed Solberg when the Norwegian’s right rear suspension broke. But, Solberg’s third place was enough for him to become the first World RX Drivers’ Champion.

“Finally we win! We have fought so hard for this. We have been really fast and finally we have been able to put it together over a whole weekend. The guys did an amazing job, the car is really fast and in the final I had a big gap and it was just to take it home. This feeling is outstanding,” said Hansen after the race.

In 2013, Hansen took his first ever rallycross Supercar win in round three of the FIA European Rallycross Championship at Nyirad in Hungary just days after his birthday, beating team mate Timerzyanov to the finish in a Citroen DS3.

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