Barcelona World RX: Hansen survives Kristoffersson contact to win

Reigning World Rallycross Champion Timmy Hansen claimed his first victory in over a year by beating points leader Johan Kristoffersson in the first instalment of the series' Barcelona double-header

Barcelona World RX: Hansen survives Kristoffersson contact to win

Peugeot driver Hansen, the 2019 Barcelona winner, qualified second in the intermediate classification and started from pole for semi-final two, where he overcame brother Kevin Hansen during the race with a superior joker lap strategy.

Double World RX champion Kristoffersson headed qualifying, then dominated the first semi-final to secure pole for the final, giving himself a good chance to continue his run of winning at least one round at each meeting this year.

The Volkswagen Polo driver duly survived being squeezed in Turn 1 to lead for the opening five laps, but behind, Hansen was on a charge.

Having saved new tyres for the last encounter, Hansen chased Kristoffersson for the opening two and a half laps, as behind Mattias Ekstrom (Audi), Andreas Bakkerud (Renault) and Niclas Gronholm (Hyundai) took their jokers.

On the third tour, Hansen also took his compulsory extra route, returning to the standard lap in third, ahead of Ekstrom. He was released into second when Kevin Hansen took his joker on lap five, while edging down the gap to the race leader.

Kristoffersson dived into the joker at the sixth opportunity as Hansen moved through on the standard lap to take track position.

Using his extra momentum along the circuit's back straight upon exiting the joker, Kristoffersson looked to Hansen's inside into the long left-hander. The two made contact but despite smoke billowing off his left-rear tyre, Hansen held on through the final corners win for the first time since Latvia last year.

Making his first visit to the rostrum since the second Holjes race in August, Kevin Hansen made it a double podium for the Hansen team, while Gronholm finished fourth after passing 2016 World RX champion Ekstrom - who had been hampered by clutch problems during the qualifying races - on lap three.

Bakkerud remained just behind Ekstrom to the end, the Norwegian having battled power steering issues on his Megane intermittently throughout the day.

shares
comments
Tender process launched for new World Rallycross promoter

Previous article

Tender process launched for new World Rallycross promoter

Next article

World Rallycross Barcelona: Kristoffersson survives Bakkerud clash to win

World Rallycross Barcelona: Kristoffersson survives Bakkerud clash to win
Load comments

About this article

Series World Rallycross
Drivers Timmy Hansen , Kevin Hansen , Johan Kristoffersson
Author Hal Ridge
From Lebanon to cross-category world titles - a rally legend's top 10 Plus

From Lebanon to cross-category world titles - a rally legend's top 10

Petter Solberg has called time on his top-flight career after winning titles in two FIA world championships. Here, the 2003 rally and '14/15 rallycross king recalls his 10 best events - including the moment where all his success began

World Rallycross
Nov 7, 2019
How to make an F1 venue fit for World RX Plus

How to make an F1 venue fit for World RX

World Rallycross makes its first appearance at Silverstone this year as part of the 'Speedmachine' festival in May. We take a look at how the new rallycross track fared in its debut event

World Rallycross
Mar 22, 2018
Volkswagen hasn't disappeared completely Plus

Volkswagen hasn't disappeared completely

Volkswagen's abrupt departure from the World Rally Championship it was dominating was one of the winter's biggest shocks. Now 2003 WRC champion Petter Solberg's World Rallycross team has VW support. What does that mean for World RX and what remains of Volkswagen Motorsport?

World Rallycross
Apr 3, 2017
Why rallycross is becoming irresistible Plus

Why rallycross is becoming irresistible

Sebastien Loeb started a new journey in his motorsport career last weekend, but he wasn't the only attraction in Portugal. DAVID EVANS examines why the World Rallycross product works so well

World Rallycross
Apr 21, 2016
How good is World Rallycross? Plus

How good is World Rallycross?

The entries are strong, the cars are powerful and it can teach the WRC a thing or two about promotion. But after visiting the Lydden Hill round, DAVID EVANS still has his doubts

World Rallycross
May 30, 2014
New rallycross golden age comes to Britain Plus

New rallycross golden age comes to Britain

The sport began at Lydden in the late 1960s and this weekend the new-look World Rallycross Championship will strut its stuff at the Kent venue. HAL RIDGE explains why it will be unmissable

World Rallycross
May 23, 2014
Solberg: why rallycross is my future Plus

Solberg: why rallycross is my future

PETTER SOLBERG had a rough first season back in rallycross, but that hasn't deterred him from signing up for the first year of its new era in 2014, as he explains in his AUTOSPORT column

World Rallycross
Oct 16, 2013
Solberg: back to school Plus

Solberg: back to school

Petter Solberg says that there's still lots to learn about running a successful rallycross campaign, but he's really enjoying getting back to his roots

World Rallycross
Apr 2, 2013