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Timmy Hansen leads overnight in Abu Dhabi

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Leading the overnight standings at the first round of the 2019 FIA World Rallycross Championship is Timmy Hansen of Team Hansen MJP after two wins.

Overnight at the Yas Marina Circuit Timmy Hansen is top qualifier after taking two wins out of two.

Hansen won the last race of the first round of qualifying, beating the time set by younger brother, Kevin. After Q1 the Team Hansen MJP’s were sitting one-two in the time sheets.

The second round of qualifying saw the five quickest drivers from Q1 out together. This was a result of reverse grids being used for the time in World RX. Despite a good start in this second race Kevin dropped to third in the overall standings.

The two brothers sandwich Andreas Bakkerud in his new team, Monster Energy RX Cartel. Bakkerud took the first win of the day, however, it was a cautious drive which saw him fifth in Q1. A big push in the second round of qualifying saw him jump Kevin and finish the race second behind Timmy.

Niclas Gronholm ends the day in fourth after finishing second behind Timmy in the opening round of qualifying and getting the jump on Kevin in the second race.

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Anton Marklund made his mark on the opening day. The Swede took two wins in the GC Kompetition to put him fifth ahead of the ALL-INKL Muennich Motorsport of Timo Scheider.

Current Euro RX Champion, Reinis Nitiss was slowed in his opening race by a puncture which saw him fourteenth but a win in the second round moved him up the table to seventh overnight.

Janis Baumanis ended the day eighth.

On his and the teams debut Rokas Baciuska took the ES Motorsport’s Skoda Fabia to ninth overnight. Whilst regular World RX drivers Guerlain Chicherit and Timur Timerzyanov were 10th and 11th. Timerzyanov suffering slow punctures in both of his races.

Krisztian Szabo was able to take 12th overnight after Liam Doran suffered problems in both of his qualifying races.

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The day didn’t come without its problems. Suffering the most throughout the day were the two GCK Academy Drivers. First Guillaume De Ridder missed Q1 due to a problem with his radiator, which still looked to be a problem when he stopped at the end of Q2. He had a strong couple of opening laps with teammate Cyril Raymond before he slowed a lap early thinking it was the end of the race. Raymond, however, suffered suspension failure in both races, the first causing him to retire whilst he continued to the end of the second race.

Oliver Bennett was a non-start in his second race whilst Pal Try was unable to get off the grid in the opening race.

Racing resumes tomorrow with the third round of qualifying ahead of the semi-finals and finals later in the day.

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