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Sebastien Eriksson makes magic in Holjes

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Sebastien Eriksson returns to the FIA World Rallycross Championship and wins at a magic weekend in Holjes.

The magic weekend of Holjes produced another spectacle with a new event winner and mixed conditions.

The weekend saw a mix of conditions, from rain to shine, with the track drying out over the second day after overnight and morning rain.

Sebastien Eriksson recorded the fastest time in Q4 to secure his place in the semi-finals. He was sitting second in the semi-final but a mistake from Niclas Gronholm on the last lap meant he took the win which put him on the front row of the final.

Eriksson got away cleanly as the lights changed and went into the first corner first. In the opening laps of the race, the Swede was running clear of second placed Kevin Hansen. Eriksson however had been suffering from overheating in previous races over the weekend which caused a loss of power. However he was able to hold onto his lead despite Hansen closing down the gap and an attempt at a pass on the final corner.

Eriksson was close to winning the event back in 2014 before making a mistake on the final lap, this year he was able to hold on to take the victory at his home event.

Kevin Hansen was in a battle with his brother Timmy Hansen for second. Timmy got the jump on Kevin on the joker laps but a puncture put Timmy out of contention.

After rolling his car in the first qualifying session on Saturday Reinis Nitiss climbed his way back up the charts to secure himself a place in the semi-finals. Nitiss went on to take third place in the final.

Niclas Gronholm got a great start from the second row and moved up to second going into the first corner. However pushed wide he was forced to take the joker on lap one and ran deep and cut the corner. Despite this Gronholm finished the race fourth.

Kevin Abbring in his second World RX event finished fifth ahead of Timmy Hansen.

The biggest loser of the semi-finals was top qualifier Andreas Bakkerud, who suffered a driveshaft failure. Also missing out in semi-final one was Kevin Eriksson and Anton Marklund.

Missing out in semi-final two was Janis Baumanis, Jere Kalliokoski and Rokas Baciuska.

After the World RX of Sweden Kevin Hansen takes over the championship lead six points ahead of brother Timmy. Bakkerud is third, with Gronholm fourth despite missing two events. Team Hansen MJP lead the teams championship from GRX Taneco.

World RX returns in four weeks for the World RX of Canada.

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