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Timur Timerzyanov takes maiden WRX win at Spa

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Timur Timerzyanov takes his maiden WRX win at the first event at Spa-Francorchamps.

After six years of competing in the FIA World Rallycross Championship, Timerzyanov took his first event win at the World RX of Belgium, the first to be held at the classic circuit Spa-Francorchamps.

Timerzyanov started the final on the second row but a good launch off the start allowed him to sneak up the inside of pole sitter Andreas Bakkerud.

The race for the win was then between these two drivers. Bakkerud was unable to take the place back from the Russian and took his joker on the penultimate lap. Timerzyanov took his joker on the last lap and was able to come out in front to take the win.

Joni Wiman replaced Niclas Gronholm at this event, Gronholm out after an appendicitis operation. Wiman won the second of the semi-finals to start on the front row. Trying to go around the outside of Bakkerud at the first turn, he clipped the wall, dropping him to the back. Wiman moved up to third through joker laps and was able to maintain this position until the end.

Despite recording both the fastest 4 lap race time and the fastest lap, round two winner, Timmy Hansen, was unable to challenge for a podium position and finished the race fourth. After leading Hansen in the opening laps, Janis Baumanis was unable to hold onto the position.

Liam Doran was the overnight top qualifier, but damage on the opening lap of the final saw Doran limp round for the remainder of the race.

Kevin Hansen, despite not reaching the final, holds onto the drivers championship lead. Timmy Hansen moves up to second, 11 points behind Kevin and five points ahead of Timerzyanov. Team Hansen MJP leads the team championship just one point ahead of GRX Taneco.

World RX returns in two weeks’ time for the Speed Machine Festival at the World RX of Great Britain.

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