Timmy Hansen dominates Barcelona World Rallycross round for Peugeot

Timmy Hansen completed a weekend of domination at the World Rallycross Championship round at Barcelona by claiming his first victory of the season and maximum points

Timmy Hansen dominates Barcelona World Rallycross round for Peugeot

Hansen's sixth overall career victory came after leading through the qualifying stages of the Catalan event - held at Barcelona's Formula 1 circuit - with a pair of fastest times in Q3 and Q4 to back up his overnight lead, before leading both his semi-final and the final with conviction to claim victory.

Hansen's younger brother Kevin was second at the end of qualifying, then also won his semi-final to line up alongside his Hansen MJP team mate and sibling on the front row of the final in their pair of ex-works Peugeot 208s.

While the older of the brothers had an untroubled run up front, Kevin Hansen had to defend hard from RX Cartel driver Andreas Bakkerud, who passed Niclas Gronholm at the exit of turn one to run third in the opening laps.

The Hansen drivers split their strategies in the final laps, Kevin taking his compulsory extra route on the fifth lap, before passing Gronholm - who has been held up behind Janis Baumanis after the Finn took an early joker - and Manfred Stohl's Latvian driver.

Timmy Hansen led Bakkerud into the joker on the final lap and while the leader maintained track position, Bakkerud dropped behind Kevin Hansen in the final corners of the race.

Kevin Hansen's second position means the Swede maintains his points lead, while Bakkerud climbed onto the Spanish podium for the third year in succession.

Gronholm wound up fourth, passing Baumanis when the STARD driver took his joker on the final lap, with European Championship graduate Cyril Raymond also climbing a position to finish fifth in his first World RX final.

The French driver made in into the all-important last six by overcoming Gronholm's team-mate Timur Timerzyanov in the semi-finals.

Final result

Pos Driver Team Car Laps Gap
1 Timmy Hansen Team Hansen MJP Peugeot 6 4m31.584s
2 Kevin Hansen Team Hansen MJP Peugeot 6 2.783s
3 Andreas Bakkerud Monster Energy RX Cartel Audi 6 3.398s
4 Niclas Gronholm GRX Taneco Team Hyundai 6 4.101s
5 Cyril Raymond GCK Academy Renault 6 6.612s
6 Janis Baumanis Team Stard Ford 6 7.511s

Drivers' standings

Pos Driver Points
1 Kevin Hansen 56
2 Niclas Gronholm 48
3 Timmy Hansen 38
4 Janis Baumanis 36
5 Krisztian Szabo 28
6 Timur Timerzyanov 28
7 Timo Scheider 27
8 Liam Doran 24
9 Andreas Bakkerud 24
10 Cyril Raymond 23
11 Guerlain Chicherit 20
12 Anton Marklund 17
13 Rokas Baciuska 14
14 Guillaume De Ridder 8
15 Reinis Nitiss 5
16 Pal Try 3
17 Chris Hoy 2
18 Jani Paasonen 1

shares
comments
Peugeot driver Timmy Hansen leads World RX opening day in Barcelona

Previous article

Peugeot driver Timmy Hansen leads World RX opening day in Barcelona

Next article

Ex-Citroen WRC driver Breen to compete in new TitansRX series

Ex-Citroen WRC driver Breen to compete in new TitansRX series
Load comments

About this article

Series World Rallycross
Drivers Timmy Hansen , Kevin Hansen
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