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Loeb leads a Peugeot one-two

Photo credit: FIAWorldRallycross.com

Sebastien Loeb heads the table at the end of the first day of the World RX of Portugal with Team Peugeot Total teammate Timmy Hansen in second.

Loeb set the fastest time in the opening qualifying session of round 2 of the FIA World Rallycross Championship in Montalegre. He was just shy of the fastest time in the second qualifying round to end day one at the top of the table.

His teammate, Timmy Hansen, set the fastest time in the second qualifying session to finish the day in second with Team Peugeot Total setting the pace thanks to a one-two in the overnight standings.

Mattias Ekstrӧm rounds out the top three for EKS Audi Sport with a race win in Q1 and the second fastest time followed by a second place behind Loeb in Q2 race four.

Johan Kristoffersson had a consistent day but wasn’t quite on the pace, despite a race win in Q1, and ends the day fourth. His PSRX Volkswagen Sweden teammate Petter Solberg was the one to lose out in Q1, with the track conditions improving throughout the races after an earlier rain shower meant that Solberg’s win in Q1 left him down in tenth. A second place in Q2 moved him up to sixth overnight.

EKS Audi Sport’s Andreas Bakkerud was another consistent runner, sixth in Q1 and fifth in Q2 sees him fifth going into Sunday’s qualifying, as was Niclas Grӧnholm for GRX Taneco Team in seventh.

Guerlain Chicherit was the first of the GC Kompetition in eighth after finishing fourth in Q1, with team-mate Jérôme Grosset-Janin fourteenth overnight, despite a Q2 win.

The first of the Olsbergs MSE was Kevin Eriksson in ninth whilst in thirteenth position, and just outside of the semi-final zone, is teammate Robin Larsson.

Kevin Hansen is tenth overnight after a race win in Q2 and a second place finish in Q1. Fellow Independent competitors Janis Baumanis for Team Stard is eleventh and Grégoire Demoustier for Sebastien Loeb Racing is fifteenth.

The second GRX Taneco Team driver of Timur Timerzyanov is in twelfth, the last semi-final position.

The two Portuguese drivers Joaquim Santos and Mário Barbosa are split by British driver Oliver Bennett in the final positions.

Day two of the World RX of Portugal is forecasted a contrasting day with snow expected. This could turn the table around.

Feature image credit: FIAWorldRallycross.com

 

 

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