EKSTROM ON TOP IN CATALUNYA QUALIFYING
Sunday 18th of October 2020
Sweden’s Mattias Ekstrom has taken the TQ (top qualifier) position at the Logitech G FIA World RX of Catalunya, round eight of the 2020 FIA World Rallycross Championship today and will start on pole position in semi-final one at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya this afternoon.
Ekstrom took the quickest times in Q1 and Q2, including using a clever joker lap strategy from the lead of Q2 race four on lap one. KYB Team JC’s Ekstrom was P3 in Q3, with Norway’s Andreas Bakkerud, the Monster Energy GCK RX Cartel driver taking his second qualifying win of the season in Q3. Bakkerud’s Q3 result lifted him to P2 in the Intermediate Classification and he will start on pole position in semi-final two, joined on the grid by his 2019 World RX Drivers’ title rival, Sweden’s Timmy Hansen.
Round seven World RX 2020 winner Hansen was P4 in the Intermediate Classification, behind brother and Team Hansen team mate Kevin Hansen, who took P3 after qualifying with P2 times in Q2 and Q3. He will join Ekstrom on the front row of semi-final one. For the first time in 2020, World RX Drivers’ standings leader Johan Kristoffersson, from Sweden, won’t start from the front row in the semi-finals. He took a best time of P4 in Q2 and was P5 in the Intermediate Classification. Kristoffersson Motorsport’s driver will start from P3 in semi-final one, with KYB Team JC’s Robin Larsson, from Sweden, alongside. Row three in semi-final one will be formed of ALL-INK.COM Muennich Motorsport’s Timo Scheider, from Germany, and Hungary’s Tamas Karai.
GCK Bilstein’s Anton Marklund, from Sweden was P10, P6 and P3 in the three qualifiers, including a race win in Q3, and was P6 in the Intermediate Classification. He will start next to GRX Taneco’s Niclas Gronholm, from Finland, on row two of semi-final two. Gronholm’s GRX team mate, Russia’s Timur Timerzyanov, will start on row three, together with Team JC Raceteknik’s Enzo Ide, from Belgium.
First reserve for the semi-finals is ALL-INK.COM Muennich Motorsport’s Mandie August, from Germany, who claimed 13th in the Intermediate Classification.
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