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Timmy Hansen wins the Dayinsure World RX of Great Britain

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Timmy Hansen wins his second FIA World Rallycross Championship event of the year at the Dayinsure World RX of Great Britain.

Hansen led his semi-final from the start to put himself on pole position for the final. He was alongside semi-final two winner Andreas Bakkerud. The two got away level, with Bakkerud moving across on Hansen. Hansen had to back out at the first corner to sit behind Bakkerud.

Hansen took his joker on lap three to cover off Anton Marklund, who was setting fastest lap times. This released Hansen into some clean air and he was also able to put in some quick laps which meant that he got the jump on Bakkerud when he took his joker on lap five.

Hansen fended off Bakkerud on the joker merge and led the final lap to take his second win of the season ahead of Bakkerud.

Marklund took his joker on the opening lap and from there was putting in quick lap times causing the front runners to joker earlier. This tactic worked well and Marklund scored his first WRX podium.

Timo Scheider took his joker on the penultimate lap, which enabled him to hold off Krisztian Szabo for fourth place.

Liam Doran dropped to the back of the order at turn one and retired his car in the closing stages of the race after clipping the wall.

Semi-Finals

There was drama in both of the semi-finals with the biggest shock coming in semi-final one. Kevin Hansen, has been on the same pace as brother Timmy throughout the weekend. Following Timmy into the joker on the final lap, Kevin turns in too early and hits the wall on the inside, dropping him to the back of the order.

Timur Timerzyanov was also knocked out of the first semi-final, getting caught out in the joker having followed Kevin in. Guerlain Chicherit, also missed out on the final from the first of the semis.

The start of semi-final two saw a lot of contact. Doran and Janis Baumanis were running side-by-side over the jump, contact on the landing saw Doran squeezing Joni Wiman in to the tyre wall which resulted in the Hyundai on its side and out of the race.

The restart was much cleaner and it was Janis Baumanis who missed out on the final spot on track. Oliver Bennett in his first WRX semi-final had a fire on board and retired the car.

With his win Timmy takes over the lead of the Drivers’ Championship by four points ahead of brother Kevin. Bakkerud moved up to third 11 points off the lead. Team Hansen MJP continue to lead the Teams Championship ahead of GRX Taneco and Monster Energy RX Cartel.

WRX returns in three weeks’ time for the World RX of Norway.

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