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SIX FROM TEN - THE WORLD RX SEASON SO FAR

Tuesday 13th of October 2020

Six of the ten FIA World Rallycross Championship races for 2020 have been held so far in Sweden, Finland and Latvia. Before rounds seven and eight this weekend at the Logitech G World RX of Pirineus-Barcelona 2030 and Logitech G World RX of Catalunya, we take a look back at the season so far.

 

R1. SWECON World RX of Sweden

TQ: Johan Kristoffersson

Winner: Johan Kristoffersson

 

The 2020 World RX season got underway at Holjes-Sweden for the first part of the first ever double-header World RX weekend, and Sweden’s Johan Kristoffersson was quickest in Q1 and Q3 to take the first TQ (top qualifier) position of the season. Kristoffersson won semi-final one and the final in wet conditions driving Kristoffersson Motorsport’s Volkswagen Polo. Sweden’s Mattias Ekstrom made a return to World RX and finished P2. Sweden’s Anton Marklund was given a 30 second penalty in the final for lap one contact with Team Hansen’s Timmy Hansen, which gave Germany’s Timo Scheider a round one podium. GRX Taneco’s Niclas Gronholm was P4 and Hansen was P6.

 

 

R2. SWECON World RX of Sweden

TQ: Johan Kristoffersson

Winner: Mattias Ekstrom

 

Kristoffersson again took TQ in round two, also at Holjes, and won semi-final one. Ekstrom was beaten to the win in semi-final two by his KYB Team JC team mate, Sweden’s Robin Larsson and started on row two of the final. In the final as Larsson tried a pass for the lead at turn one but was pushed wide. Ekstrom took his joker on lap one into clear air, and after Kristoffersson took his joker later in the race, Ekstrom moved into the lead to win. Sweden’s Kevin Hansen was classified P2 when Kristoffersson was given a track marker penalty. Scheider, Larsson and Norway’s Andreas Bakkerud in the Monster Energy GCK RX Cartel Renault Megane were P4, P5 and P6.

 

 

R3. CaptialBox World RX of Finland

TQ: Johan Kristoffersson

Winner: Johan Kristoffersson

 

World RX returned to Kouvola in Finland for round three and Kristoffersson became the first double-winner of the season with a clean sweep victory. Wildcard driver, Finland’s Juha Rytkonen won semi-final two when Ekstrom retired with a technical problem, then finished P2 in the final. Sweden’s Timmy Hansen was P3, Gronholm was P4, Scheider P5 and Kevin Hansen P6.

 

 

R4. CaptialBox World RX of Finland

TQ: Johan Kristoffersson

Winner: Niclas Gronholm

 

Round four in Finland was held mixed weather conditions. Kristoffersson was P1 in two qualifiers to take the TQ, and won semi-final one, but he was beaten to the lead of the final by semi-final two winner Gronholm, was had been quickest in Q2. Gronholm led the race until his joker on lap six, withstanding huge pressure from Kristoffersson and Ekstrom. When Gronholm exited the joker lap he edged ahead of Kristoffersson to take a home win. Kristoffersson was forced wide and Ekstrom finished in P2 and Gronholm’s GRX Taneco team mate, Russia’s Timur Timerzyanov was P3. Kristoffersson, Timmy Hansen and Bakkerud were P4, P5 and P6.

 

 

R5. NESTE World RX of Riga-Latvia

TQ: Niclas Gronholm

Winner: Johan Kristoffersson

 

On the crest of a wave after his round four victory, Gronholm took TQ in round four at Riga-Latvia. Kristoffersson, Ekstrom and Gronholm all set a quickest times in qualifying, and Kristoffersson and Ekstrom took the semi-final wins. Kristoffersson had saved better tyres than his rivals for the final, and in the last race of Saturday, took the win. Ekstrom finished P2 and Timmy Hansen was P3. Kevin Hansen, Gronholm and Larsson completed the final finishers.

 

 

R6. NESTE World RX of Riga-Latvia

TQ: Mattias Ekstrom

Winner: Mattias Ekstrom

 

Ekstrom was quickest in Q1 and Q2 in World RX round six and took the TQ. He won semi-final one and with a tyre and race strategy to equal Kristoffersson’s, he took the lead of the final at the start and scored his second win of 2020. Kristoffersson was P2 in the final, and Larsson took P3 to make it a first ever double podium for the KYB Team JC team. Timmy Hansen, Gronholm and Kevin Hansen were P4, P5 and P6. Bakkerud made a late attempt to overtake Scheider for a place in the final, during semi-final two, but contact between the Megane and Ibiza put Bakkerud’s car into the wall on the run to turn four. Scheider was excluded from the race, and Bakkerud visited hospital for a check-up before being released.

 

 

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