KRISTOFFERSSON TAKES TQ IN CATALUNYA
Saturday 17th of October 2020
Sweden’s Johan Kristoffersson took the TQ (top qualifier) position in round seven of the FIA World Rallycross Championship, the Logitech G FIA World RX of Pirineus-Barcelona 2030 at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, but didn’t have things all his own way in qualifying.
Kristoffersson Motorsport’s Kristoffersson took the quickest time in Q1 and Q3 but in Q2, Monster Energy GCK RX Cartel’s Andreas Bakkerud, from Norway, claimed his first quickest time of the 2020 season, and with the Renault Megane RS RX. Kristoffersson and Bakkerud sandwiched Team Hansen’s Timmy Hansen, from Sweden in the Q3 results, and the same three drivers hold the top three placings in the Intermediate Classification ahead of the semi-finals, proving the good work done by the GCK and Hansen teams since the previous rounds in Riga-Latvia.
World RX Drivers’ Championship leader Kristoffersson did have fortune on his side however, his Volkswagen Polo almost rolling at the first turn of Q2 after contact with KYB Team JC’s Robin Larsson, from Sweden. Larsson didn’t finish the race due to a breakage after the jump, but he was then also handed a penalty for the Kristoffersson incident. Drivers’ Championship contender Mattias Ekstrom, from Sweden, won two of his three races but struggled with technical problems and was P5 in the Intermediate Classification.
Kristoffersson and Bakkerud will start together on row one of semi-final one. Ekstrom and GRX Taneco’s Timur Timerzyanov, from Russia, will start on row two and ALL-INKL.COM Muennich Motorsport’s Timo Scheider, from Germany and Xite Racing’s Oliver Bennett, from Great Britain – on his return to World RX – will complete the grid. Hansen brothers Timmy and Kevin Hansen, the one-two finishers from the Catalunya World RX round in 2019, will start together on row one of semi-final two, Finland’s Niclas Gronholm, the GRX Taneco driver, and GCK Bilstein’s Anton Marklund, from Sweden will take row two. Monster Energy GCK RX Cartel’s Liam Doran, from Great Britain, and Belgium’s Enzo Ide will take row three.
KYB Team JC’s Robin Larsson won his race in Q3 and was P9 in the session, but after the Q2 penalty ended up P13 in the Intermediate Classification. He is first reserve for the semi-finals if any of the top 12 fail to make it to the pre-grid.
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