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IT'S A YEAR SINCE TIMMY HANSEN WON THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

Tuesday 10th of November 2020

Today, 10 November, marks exactly one year on from the final day in the last round of the 2019 FIA World Rallycross Championship at Cape Town in South Africa, where fans around the world witnessed one of the most dramatic climaxes to a motor sport season in world championship history. 

Entering the 10th and final round of the season, Sweden’s Timmy Hansen led Norway’s Andreas Bakkerud by just one point, and Hansen’s brother Kevin – driving the other Team Hansen MJP Peugeot 208 – was just eight points off the lead. Tensions mounted pre-race, especially after a tense round nine in Riga-Latvia – and four time 2019 winner Hansen took first blood with P1 in Q1 in Cape Town.

2019 Canada RX winner – Monster Energy RX Cartel’s Andreas Bakkerud – was P2 in Q1 in South Africa with the Audi S1. Both drivers struggled with track conditions in Q2 and Hansen was P2 at the end of Saturday, with Bakkerud P6, one place behind Kevin Hansen.

Hansen was P1 in Q3 and P2 in Q4 on Sunday morning and finished P2 in the Intermediate Classification. Just behind him, Bakkerud booked himself a front row start for the semi-finals with P2 and P3 in Q3 and Q4. Kevin Hansen was P4 after qualifying, and would start semi-final two next to his brother.

Bakkerud had the best reaction time of any driver in the semi-finals and won semi-final one ahead of TQ (Top Qualifier), Finland’s Niclas Gronholm, to start on the front row of the final. In semi-final two, with his chances of winning the title for himself dwindling, Kevin Hansen flanked his brother to the finish. After an entire season of action, it all came down to the very last race of the year, with title rivals Hansen and Bakkerud starting on the front row, separated by two championship points.

In case you missed it, or to simply re-live the dramatic race, watch the World RX of South Africa final here to see what happened next.

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