Mon 28 Aug 2023

Show-stopper Hallman targeting full-time drive in 2024

After newly-crowned RX2e champion Nils Andersson threw down the gauntlet in the wake of his title triumph at Germany’s Estering earlier this month, Tommi Hallman has admitted that his brace of outings in the World RX feeder series in 2023 have whetted his appetite for more...

After newly-crowned FIA RX2e Champion Nils Andersson threw down the gauntlet in the wake of his title triumph at Germany’s Estering earlier this month, Tommi Hallman has admitted that his brace of outings in the FIA World Rallycross Championship feeder series in 2023 have whetted his appetite for more.


Those two appearances, of course, have yielded a pair of dominant victories for the flying Finn, firstly at Lydden Hill in the UK and then at the Buxtehude-based Estering. In Germany, Hallman was the pace-setter throughout, getting the better of his championship-chasing rivals to top the timesheets in qualifying practice, and thereafter scarcely allowing them so much as a look-in.  


Behind the wheel of his SET Promotion car, the Kuopio native won the first three heats, with the only blot on his otherwise pristine copybook a less-than-perfect start in heat four that left him stuck in traffic and denied him a clean sweep. That aside, he was peerless, and he proceeded to keep Andersson confidently at bay in both the semi-final and all-important final to maintain his impressive 100 per cent record in RX2e.

Celebrating the success on his 23rd birthday, the result extended Hallman’s extraordinary recent run in international rallycross to eight consecutive victories and 17 consecutive podiums. And he isn’t done yet...


“It’s been quite an amazing few years,” he acknowledged, “especially in a sport where anything can happen. It’s so difficult to overtake at the Estering if you keep it clean, so I knew qualifying practice would be super-important to secure pole position for heat one and I managed to do that – by a small margin, but still, it was enough.


“From there, I tried to stay cool and keep focussed on my own job – getting the starts, keeping the inside line and then after establishing a few car-lengths, just driving as fast as possible.

“The track was watered quite heavily before the semi-final, which meant it changed a lot from one lap to the next, so I played it safe in that one and managed the pace to avoid making any mistakes.


“In the final, I then just settled into my own rhythm. I would say I was driving at 99 per cent, trying to go as fast as possible without taking any risks. The car felt really amazing to drive, so big thanks to all the QEV mechanics, the SET Promotion team and all of my partners for making this happen.


“Results and victories are what keep me motivated, so as it’s going so well now, there’s no reason to stop but equally, there’s nothing planned at the moment for next year. We will figure it out over the winter, hopefully as soon as possible. For sure, I will do my best to be racing somewhere – and hopefully full-time...”

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