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WHAT THE TEAMS SAID - WORLD RX CATALUNYA

Thursday 22nd of October 2020

The seventh and eighth rounds of the 2020 FIA World Rallycross Championship took place at the world famous Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, and it was Sweden’s Timmy Hansen in the Logitech G FIA World RX of Pirineus-Barcelona 2030 and Sweden’s Johan Kristoffersson in the Logitech G FIA World RX of Catalunya who claimed the top steps of the podium across the two days.

As always though there were talking points throughout the field. Here’s what the teams had to say about the weekend in Catalunya:

Team Hansen:

Timmy Hansen P1 / P2, Kevin Hansen P3 / P7

Kenneth Hansen (Team Principal): “Our win on Saturday seems to have made Johan even hungrier to make sure he didn't get beaten to victory on Sunday! He was clearly very determined to make sure Timmy didn't win in the final again today. But having one race like yesterday's final, where Timmy put in an absolutely perfect drive, is still a fantastic performance. My voice is almost gone from pushing Timmy so much on the radio. We're back in the game for the teams' world championship now and we'll be doing everything we can to catch the Audis in the title race. I believe with the direction we're going in and what we've learned this weekend will also help us in Spa. Now we've made a big step for this weekend, finding the next bit of pace will be even harder, as the rate of return on testing gets smaller and we're also quite late into the season now. Plus we need good weather! But we'll do some more testing and see what we find. We never stop pushing!”

Kristoffersson Motorsport:

Johan Kristoffersson P2 / P1

Tommy Kristoffersson (Team Principal): No matter what we did, we ended up behind someone on Sunday. It was frustrating. We used new tyres in the semi-final because we wanted to charge for a final and have a good starting place. It was of course worrying after the final, but I would had been very disappointed with any other verdict from the first corner incident. Johan was ahead with a whole car length. We have been attacked from all sides during the season, and now new competitors are emerging to make life difficult for us, but we have managed to be up there all the time.”

GCK Bilstein:

Anton Marklund P8 / P3

Anton Marklund: I’m really, really happy for all of GCK and Bilstein. While I was at home trying to relax and doing analysis in between races, they’ve worked super hard at the workshop and the factory to bring us a race-ready car with significant improvements since Finland RX. I’m just so happy that they’ve made it work and they now have a car that races extremely well and is fully back on pace. We just have to build on this now and we have a race win in us still.”

KYB Team JC:

Robin Larsson P12 / P6, Mattias Ekstrom P5 / P4

Mattias Ekstrom: “We came here with the hope of having a good weekend as I like the track and so on, but we struggled quite a lot with starts, with the clutches specially, so that was the main topic of the weekend for Robin and myself. That was for sure not nice and when you’re focusing on a problem, you also reduce the effort to try and work on the setup. I think we came a bit on the back foot on fine-turning the car, and never really got the momentum going. You can only say congratulations to Johan Kristoffersson and Timmy Hansen for winning this weekend, they did a better job and we just need to get our heads down, sort out our issues and come back stronger.”

Monster Energy GCK RX Cartel:

Andreas Bakkerud P6 / P5, Liam Doran P10 / P16

Andreas Bakkerud“Generally, I’m really, really happy about the result this weekend. Who would’ve thought after the difficulties we faced at the start of the season that we would be here today, on pole position in the final ahead of Johan Kristofferson. We even had Johan on reaction time at the start of the final! The squeeze came really suddenly and Robin had nowhere to go but that’s the way it goes sometimes. I wanted this win really badly and I’m not giving up now. We did everything we could this weekend and I’m really proud of the entire team and everyone involved both here and back at home. Thank you!” 

GRX Taneco:

Niclas Gronholm P4 / P8, Timur Timerzyanov P7 / P10

Jussi Pinomaki (Team Manager): “It’s not a simple sport and I guess that’s what makes it so attractive. Everyone has their ups and downs, and at the moment we are quite down. But it means that there is only one way to go from here – and that is up. Everyone in the team is working really hard to bring us back at the top and now we have one month to do it.”

ALL-INKL.COM Muennich Motorsport:

Timo Scheider P9 / P9, Mandie August P16 / P13

Timo Scheider: “We were unlucky from the morning till the evening on Saturday and our day ended in the semi-finals due to contact and a broken drive shaft. On Sunday we tried to get our issues under control but we couldn’t. Unfortunately, we just took part in semi-final one, but we could not fight due to electric/engine issues so we finished P5. Now back home to my loved ones. Thanks everyone for crossings fingers. Till next time.”

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