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Andreas Bakkerud fastest but Timmy Hansen is top qualifier

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Timmy Hansen will be starting the World RX of Great Britain on pole position for the semi-finals as top qualifier despite Andreas Bakkerud recording the fastest time of the weekend.

Andreas Bakkerud was fastest in both of the morning qualifying sessions, securing second spot in the intermediate points. Bakkerud set the fastest time of the weekend in Q4, half a second quicker than Hansen set on Saturday.

Hansen was second fastest in Q3, winning the first race of the day, and third in Q4. This was enough to hold onto top qualifier, despite Bakkerud’s speed.

Up until Q4, Kevin Hansen had been unable to beat brother Timmy, finishing fourth in Q3. However, with Timmy getting caught up in the first two corners of Q4, Kevin was able to get ahead and finish the session in second. However, Bakkerud jumped him in the intermediate points where he now sits third.

Joni Wiman jumped up to fourth in the intermediate points after sixth in Q3 and third in Q4.

Also moving up the order heading into the semi-finals were Anton Marklund, who scored fifth in both Q3 and Q4. Liam Doran was disappointed at the end of the first day but seventh and sixth this morning moves him up to sixth overall.

Guerlain Chicherit was caught up at the first turn in Q3 and dropped to tenth in the standings. But a close run with Krisztian Szabo in Q4 meant that he jumped back up to seventh. Szabo sits eighth.

Timo Scheider had a run to the line with Timur Timerzyanov in Q4 with Scheider just beating the Spa RX winner to secure ninth with Timerzyanov eleventh. Janis Baumanis ends qualifying between the two.

Oliver Bennett claims the final place in the semi-finals after some hard races with fellow Britain, Doran. Bennett makes the semi-finals for the first time in his WRX career here at his home event of Silverstone.

Cyril Raymond, who after finishing Q3 third, suffered damage after contact with Timmy Hansen in Q4 and misses out on the semi-finals.

Also missing the cut were Jani Paasonen, Mark Higgins and Herve Knapick. De Ridder retired from Q3 after contact over the jump and missed the start of Q4.

The semi-finals and finals take place later today, 3pm local time.

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