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Timmy Hansen dominates in Spain

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Timmy Hansen becomes the third driver to take a clean sweep in the FIA World Rallycross Championship after winning the final in Spain.

Timmy Hansen was unbeatable throughout the Copper Tires World RX of Catalunya. He became just the third driver in the history of the World RX Championship to win every session.

Starting the final on pole position, Hansen was able to hold the inside line to take the lead. From the start, he was unchallenged and took his sixth career win, his first since Canada 2016.

The Team Hansen MJP scored a one-two finish in the final with Timmy’s younger brother, Kevin Hansen, taking second place. Kevin, winner last time out, held off the fast-starting Andreas Bakkerud, who despite a last lap joker wasn’t able to make a run on Kevin.

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Going into the final it was the GRX Taneco of Niclas Gronholm that looked to be the one who could challenge the Hansen brothers for the win. However, after taking his joker on lap one Gronholm was stuck behind Janis Baumanis and unable to challenge at the front.

Cyril Raymond made it through to his and GCK Academy’s first World RX final and finished fifth. Baumanis took his joker on the last lap which dropped him to the back of the order.

Two more of the GCK cars made it through to the semi-finals, Guillaume De Ridder and Guerlain Chicherit. Liam Doran, third in Abu Dhabi, missed out on the final as did Timur Timerzyanov, Timo Scheider and Krisztian Szabo.

Sir Chris Hoy made his World RX debut in the Xite Racing Fiesta and picked up two championship points.

Kevin maintains his championship lead from Gronholm, with 8 points between them. Timmy, taking maximum points this weekend, moves up to third in the championship. Round three is in two weeks’ time, with the inaugural Spa World RX of Benelux.

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