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05/10/2020 News

The Hansen brothers offer defiant resistance

 

World rallycross championship – RIGA 1 & 2

With the standard higher than ever, this year’s world rallycross championship has already produced some spectacular racing. Despite the strengthened competition, the Hansen brothers – led by defending world champion Timmy – are by no means giving up the fight in their Peugeot 208 WRXs. 

Rounds 5 & 6 in Riga, Latvia provided the perfect demonstration of this point: consistently well-placed in qualifying, Timmy and Kevin produced a fine combined result in the first final, finishing third and fourth respectively, Timmy thus taking his second podium of the season. On Sunday, in the weekend’s second race, the brothers once again showed great consistency to secure fourth and sixth positions. “I’ve been fastest on lap time many times this weekend,” analysed Timmy Hansen, “but you know when you’re not up front then it’s not easy in rallycross. We need to improve our starts so we can be at the front of the races from the beginning. I’m super happy with my podium. The team has worked so hard to improve and it is paying off, but at this level, it’s a slow process to gain speed.” Meanwhile, Andreas Bakkerud, leader of the GCK RX Cartel team, had to settle for seventh place in race 2 as his best result of the weekend after his Renault Mégane RSRX suffered a heavy impact with another competitor, leaving him needing a medical check at the hospital. Fortunately, tests showed no lasting damage.

Championship update

Thanks to his second podium of the year, Timmy Hansen remains fourth in the championship standings, just behind the third-placed driver, whilst his younger brother Kevin is sixth. Andreas Bakkerud, the lead driver of the GCK RX Cartel outfit, holds seventh position. In the teams’ championship, although its main rival made up ground on it this weekend, Team Hansen still remains second in the standings.   

Did you know?

Total insists upon very high quality standards when making its production and racing products, but also as regards their packaging. This way, it can be sure the properties of its products are not altered over time. For fuel, nitrogen is used during barrelling to protect against the risk of oxidation and prevent the product from ageing. As the molecules of lubricants are heavier, there is no risk of reaction with the oxygen, as can be the case with petrol. However, the systematic use of opaque containers avoids any harmful effects related to exposure to the sun.

  • World rallycross championship – RIGA 1 & 2

  • World rallycross championship – RIGA 1 & 2

  • World rallycross championship – RIGA 1 & 2

  • World rallycross championship – RIGA 1 & 2

  • World rallycross championship – RIGA 1 & 2

  • World rallycross championship – RIGA 1 & 2

  • World rallycross championship – RIGA 1 & 2