World Rallycross Loheac: Timmy Hansen wins again

Timmy Hansen took his second consecutive World Rallycross Championship victory with a dominant performance in the final at Loheac in France

World Rallycross Loheac: Timmy Hansen wins again

The Swede started the first semi-final on brand new tyres, while others had been forced to use all of their allocated eight tyres during the heats, and led throughout.

He was pressured by DTM star Mattias Ekstrom in the semi, backing off in the latter stages to protect his rubber for the final, which allowed Ekstrom to try a pass for the lead more than once on the final lap.

Petter Solberg, who started the semis on worn rubber, also won and joined Hansen on the front row for the final as Johan Kristoffersson, Jean-Baptiste Dubourg and Robin Larsson made the cut into the main event.

At the start of the final, Hansen made the best launch while Larsson tried a move around the outside of Turn 1.

Hansen took the lead, Solberg slotted into second and Larsson took third.

Ekstrom went to the inside into the first corner but he made contact with Kristoffersson and spun out of contention.

Kristoffersson made a move past Larsson in the second corner, with Larsson then immediately taking his joker lap.

Next to take their compulsory extra route was Solberg and Kristoffersson on the second tour, Solberg returning to the main circuit ahead of local ace Debourg, who had climbed to third with Kristoffersson slotting in behind.

As Larsson retired with technical problems mid-race, Dubourg pressured Solberg and took his joker on lap four.

He returned third ahead of Kristoffersson was soon back behind Solberg, who was struggling on all but destroyed rubber.

Dubourg clung on to Solberg to the end, while Hansen took his joker on the fifth lap and cruised to his second victory in a row.

Ekstrom made it to the finish in fifth place but he was slowed with technical troubles.

World Touring Car Championship star Yvan Muller showed well on his maiden rallycross outing in an Albatec Racing Peugeot 208 but he was spun out of heat two after contact, which ultimately ruled him out of a place in the semi-finals.

FINAL RESULT

Pos Driver Team Car Laps Gap
1 Timmy Hansen Team Peugeot-Hansen Peugeot 6 3m48.500s
2 Petter Solberg SDRX Citroen 6 3.001s
3 Jean-Baptiste Dubourg Citroen 6 3.570s
4 Johan Kristoffersson Volkswagen Team Sweden Volkswagen 6 4.731s
5 Mattias Ekstrom EKS Audi 6 30.307s
6 Robin Larsson Audi 2 4 Laps
7 Toomas Heikkinen Marklund Motorsport Volkswagen 0 6 Laps
8 Andreas Bakkerud Olsbergs MSE Ford 0 6 Laps
9 Anton Marklund EKS Audi 0 6 Laps
10 Timur Timerzyanov Namus OMSE Ford 0 6 Laps
11 Davy Jeanney Team Peugeot-Hansen Peugeot 0 6 Laps
12 Gaetan Serazin Peugeot 0 6 Laps
13 Per-Gunnar Andersson Marklund Motorsport Volkswagen 0 6 Laps
14 Jerome Grosset-Janin Albatec Racing LTD Peugeot 0 6 Laps
15 Alx Danielsson All-Inkl.com Munnich Motorsport Audi 0 6 Laps
16 Reinis Nitiss Olsbergs MSE Ford 0 6 Laps
17 Liam Doran SDRX Citroen 0 6 Laps
18 Tord Linnerud Volkswagen Team Sweden Volkswagen 0 6 Laps
19 Yvan Muller Albatec Racing LTD Peugeot 0 6 Laps
20 Jonathan Pailler Peugeot 0 6 Laps
21 Manfred Stohl World RX Team Austria Ford 0 6 Laps
22 Herve Lemonnier KNAPICK Citroen 0 6 Laps
23 Max Pucher World RX Team Austria Ford 0 6 Laps
24 Marc Laboulle Citroen 0 6 Laps
25 Tamas Karai Racing-Com Kft. Skoda 0 6 Laps
26 Fabien Chanoine Renault 0 6 Laps
27 Fabien Pailler Peugeot 0 6 Laps
28 Guerlain Chicherit JRM Racing Mini/BMW 0 6 Laps
29 David Olivier Dacia/Renault 0 6 Laps
30 Laurent Bouliou Peugeot 0 6 Laps
31 Francois Duval Ecurie Bayard Ford 0 6 Laps
32 Nabil Karam Citroen 0 6 Laps
33 Guy Wilks JRM Racing Mini/BMW 0 6 Laps
34 Rene Munnich All-Inkl.com Munnich Motorsport Audi 0 6 Laps
35 Gilles Franco Peugeot 0 6 Laps

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