Hell World Rallycross: Timmy Hansen leads Peugeot one-two

Team Peugeot-Hansen driver Timmy Hansen cruised to victory at the eighth round of the World Rallycross Championship at Hell in Norway

Hell World Rallycross: Timmy Hansen leads Peugeot one-two

The Peugeot 208 man finished top of the Intermediate Classification, and won the first semi-final to claim pole position for the final.

Hansen's team-mate Davy Jeanney had finished second to him in the semi-final and from the second row of the grid covered the Swede into Turn 1 of the final.

While Hansen was untroubled throughout, Trois Rivieres winner Jeanney was slowed by a mud-covered windscreen but held on for second.

"Finishing top of the Intermediate Classification was great, but that is still a long way from standing on the podium," said Hansen.

"The car we have is great, it has so much potential. I pushed hard at the beginning of the final but made a gap and was able to be careful. It's absolutely unbelievable."

Robin Larsson took his joker on the first lap and leapfrogged Alx Danielsson for third, putting a succession of technical behind him.

PG Andersson made it into the semi-finals as first reserve after Johan Kristoffersson failed to bring his Volkswagen Polo to the semi-final pre-grid within the time limit.

He made a good start in semi-final two and jokered on the first lap, kept clear of the chaos around him to win and make it onto the front row of the final.

The former World Rally Championship driver may have finished on the podium, but for a puncture.

Timur Timerzyanov made it into the final despite rolling in the action-filled second semi, but the exhaust on his Ford Fiesta was squashed after first-lap contact in the final, forcing the Russian to retire.

In semi-final two, championship leader Petter Solberg led into Turn 1 but was pushed wide by Andreas Bakkerud into the hairpin at the bottom of the circuit.

Bakkerud got through while Solberg took his joker on lap two before being slowed by a half-spin for Mattias Ekstrom ahead, with Timerzyanov then running into the back of Solberg's DS 3 and causing significant damage.

Ekstrom was slowed by a puncture, before Timerzyanov hit the back of his Audi on the outside of the first corner mid-race and rolled, causing more damage.

Bakkerud retired when he lost the wheel on his Ford Fiesta.

Hansen's win marks the fourth time in succession that a Peugeot 208 has crossed the finish line first in the last four events, although Hansen did lose the win at Holjes in Sweden to Ekstrom for forceful driving in the final corner.

FINAL RESULTS - 6 LAPS:

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Timmy Hansen Team Peugeot-Hansen Peugeot 4m02.645s
2 Davy Jeanney Team Peugeot-Hansen Peugeot 3.675s
3 Robin Larsson Audi 6.527s
4 Alx Danielsson All-Inkl.com Munnich Motorsport Audi 7.782s
5 Per-Gunnar Andersson Marklund Motorsport Volkswagen 1 Lap
6 Timur Timerzyanov Namus OMSE Ford 5 Laps
7 Petter Solberg SDRX Citroen 6 Laps
8 Anton Marklund EKS Audi 6 Laps
9 Reinis Nitiss Olsbergs MSE Ford 6 Laps
10 Johan Kristoffersson Volkswagen Team Sweden Volkswagen 6 Laps
11 Andreas Bakkerud Olsbergs MSE Ford 6 Laps
12 Mattias Ekstrom EKS Audi 6 Laps
13 Henning Solberg Olsbergs MSE Ford 6 Laps
14 Manfred Stohl World RX Team Austria Ford 6 Laps
15 Tord Linnerud Volkswagen Team Sweden Volkswagen 6 Laps
16 Alexander Hvaal JC Raceteknik Citroen 6 Laps
17 Mats Ohman Volvo 6 Laps
18 Liam Doran SDRX Citroen 6 Laps
19 Toomas Heikkinen Marklund Motorsport Volkswagen 6 Laps
20 Daniel Holten Per Eklund Motorsport Volkswagen 6 Laps
21 Rene Munnich All-Inkl.com Munnich Motorsport Audi 6 Laps
22 Max Pucher World RX Team Austria Ford 6 Laps
23 Christoph Brugger World RX Team Austria Ford 6 Laps
24 Ole Kristian Temte Citroen 6 Laps
- Ollie O'Donovan Ford Not classified
- Janis Baumanis Hansen Talent Development Peugeot Not classified

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