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KRISTOFFERSSON SPLASHES TO TQ IN FINLAND

Sunday 30th of August 2020

Sweden’s Johan Kristoffersson and Finland’s Niclas Gronholm battled for the TQ (top qualifier) position in round four of the FIA World Rallycross Championship at the CapitalBox World RX of Finland, Kristoffersson taking the position to claim pole position for semi-final one in wet conditions.

The Kristoffersson Motorsport driver was quickest in Q1, but his Volkswagen Polo was slowed by a misfiring engine in Q2 and GRX Taneco’s Gronholm took best time while Kristoffersson was only P14. In wet conditions during Q3, track conditions got worse through the session and Kristoffersson won Q3 race two to take the TQ.

P4 for Gronholm in Q3 put the home hero P2 in the Intermediate Classification and he will start on pole position for semi-final two. Team Hansen’s Timmy Hansen, from Sweden, will start next to Gronholm in semi-final two, the reigning World RX Drivers’ Champion making the save of the day in qualifying after contact with Monster Energy GCK RX Cartel’s Andreas Bakkerud.

KYB Team JC’s Mattias Ekstrom, from Sweden, had a consistent run though the three qualifiers and will start next to Kristoffersson on the front row of semi-final one in the Audi S1. Bakkerud had a strong day in the Renault Megane and will partner round three podium finisher, Juha Rytkonen, the GRX SET driver from Finland, on row two of semi-final one. KYB Team JC’s Robin Larsson and GCK Bilstein’s Anton Marklund, both from Sweden and both drivers who battled in traffic all through qualifying, will take row three.

Team Hansen’s Kevin Hansen lost out in a joker lap strategy battle with Ekstrom in Q3 and will start on row two of semi-final two, next to Germany’s Timo Scheider, the ALL-INKL.COM Muennich Motorsport driver, who recovered from a slow start in Q3 Race Three to battle for the lead. GRX Taneco’s Timur Timerzyanov, from Russia and Finland’s Jere Kalliokoski complete the semi-final two grid.

Netherlands’ Kevin Abbring is first reserve for the semi-finals if any of the top 12 fail to make it into parc ferme on time, but Great Britain’s Liam Doran didn’t make the semis even though he won his race in Q3 after he had retired from Q2 with broken suspension.

Full Finland RX results here.

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