KRISTOFFERSSON DOMINATES FINLAND RX QUALIFIERS
Saturday 29th of August 2020
Sweden’s Johan Kristoffersson, the FIA World Rallycross Championship Drivers’ standings leader, dominated qualifying at round three in the CapitalBox World RX of Finland to take TQ (top qualifier) in the Intermediate Classification.
Kristoffersson Motorsport’s Kristoffersson was fastest in Q1, Q2 and Q3, even with the race order reversed by random draw for Q2 and the fastest drivers taking to the Kouvola track first. KYB Team JC’s Mattias Ekstrom was P2 in Q1, and was P2 in the same race as Kristoffersson in Q2, but the Swedish 2016 World RX Drivers’ Champion had contact at the start of the last race in qualifying and dropped time, but still took P2 in the Intermediate Classification and will be on pole position in semi-final two.
2019 World RX Champion, Sweden’s Timmy Hansen, benefited from the T1 action in Q3 and took P3 after qualifying to join Kristoffersson on the front row of the grid for semi-final one. The star performance of the day so far came from Finland’s Juha Rytkonen, the GRX SET Hyundai i20 driver taking P4 time in Q1 and Q3 and will start next to Ekstrom at the front of semi-final two.
The semi-final one grid will be completed by Finland’s Niclas Gronholm, the GRX Taneco driver getting away with a puncture at the end of Q3 race four, Norway’s Andreas Bakkerud in the Monster Energy GCK RX Cartel Renualt Megane, GRX’s Timur Timerzyanov and Sweden’s Anton Marklund. KYB Team JC’s Robin Larsson and Team Hansen’s Kevin Hansen, from Sweden will take row two of semi-final two and Germany’s Timo Scheider and Finland’s Jere Kalliokoski will complete the grid.
Hungary’s Tamas Karai is first reserve for the semi-finals, P13 in the Intermediate Classification, and will join the top 12 if any of the other cars have problems that mean they cannot make it to pre-grid under their own steam. Great Britain’s Liam Doran had another difficult day was P17 in the Intermediate Classification.
Full results here.
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