Holjes World Rallycross: Ekstrom wins after Hansen is penalised

Timmy Hansen pulled a final-corner move on Mattias Ekstrom to win the Swedish round of the World Rallycross Championship on the road, but was penalised post-race for pushing his rival

Holjes World Rallycross: Ekstrom wins after Hansen is penalised

The Team Peugeot-Hansen man was docked a position by the stewards, handing Ekstrom his second World RX victory.

Hansen had started on the front row and ran second on the first lap behind poleman Andreas Bakkerud, while Ekstrom survived a poor start to run third as he headed straight for the joker lap, followed by championship leader Petter Solberg.

At the front, Hansen attached his Peugeot to the rear of Bakkerud's OlsbergsMSE Ford Fiesta and was desperate to get ahead to try to build a gap to Ekstrom and Solberg.

Ekstrom's path was fortuitously cleared when Toomas Heikkinen took his joker lap just as the Audi DTM star caught him, but after Hansen passed Bakkerud on the inside in the banked Velodrome section on lap five and Bakkerud took his joker it looked as though Hansen had enough in hand to take his joker and remain in front.

A mistake while attempting to do just that on lap six allowed Ekstrom to get through into the lead, but Hansen pushed hard on the final lap and threw his car up the inside of Ekstrom into the last corner.

Ekstrom was pushed wide and Hansen claimed the win over the line before later being penalised.

Bakkerud finished third with Heikkinen fourth and Reinis Nitiss fifth, while Solberg did not finish after hitting a kerb and breaking the steering on his Citroen DS 3 on the fifth lap.

FINAL RESULTS:

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Mattias Ekstrom EKS Audi 4m28.114s
2 Timmy Hansen Team Peugeot-Hansen Peugeot -0.302
3 Andreas Bakkerud Olsbergs MSE Ford 1.817s
4 Toomas Heikkinen Motorsport Volkswagen 4.393s
5 Reinis Nitiss Olsbergs MSE Ford 9.973s
6 Petter Solberg SDRX Citroen 2 Laps
7 Johan Kristoffersson Volkswagen Team Sweden Volkswagen 6 Laps
8 Davy Jeanney Team Peugeot-Hansen Peugeot 6 Laps
9 Ole-Christian Veiby Volkswagen Team Sweden Volkswagen 6 Laps
10 Eric Faren Hansen Talent Development Peugeot 6 Laps
11 Timur Timerzyanov Namus OMSE Ford 6 Laps
12 Tommy Rustad HTB-Marklund Motorsport Volkswagen 6 Laps
13 Manfred Stohl World RX Team Austria Ford 6 Laps
14 Liam Doran SDRX Citroen 6 Laps
15 Stig-Olov Walfridsson Helmia Motorsport Renault 6 Laps
16 Per-Gunnar Andersson Marklund Motorsport Volkswagen 6 Laps
17 Niclas Gronholm Ford 6 Laps
18 Jean-Baptiste Dubourg Citroen 6 Laps
19 Daniel Holten Per Eklund Motorsport Volkswagen 6 Laps
20 Alx Danielsson All-Inkl.com Munnich Motorsport Audi 6 Laps
21 Tord Linnerud Volkswagen Team Sweden Volkswagen 6 Laps
22 Alexander Hvaal JC Raceteknik Citroen 6 Laps
23 Frode Holte Frode Holte Motorsport Hyundai 6 Laps
24 Per Eklund Per Eklund Motorsport Saab 6 Laps
25 Anton Marklund EKS Audi 6 Laps
26 Tamas Karai Racing-Com Kft. Skoda 6 Laps
27 Rene Munnich Albatec Racing LTD Audi 6 Laps
28 Ole Kristian Nottveit CircleX Volvo 6 Laps
29 Ole Kristian Temte Citroen 6 Laps
30 Max Pucher World RX Team Austria Ford 6 Laps
31 Lukas Walfridson Helmia Motorsport Renault 6 Laps
32 Ramona Karlsson Volkswagen 6 Laps
33 Henning Solberg CircleX Ford 6 Laps
34 Robin Larsson Audi 6 Laps
35 Peter Hedstrom Skoda 6 Laps
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