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Bakkerud wins in Canada and closes championship gap

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Andreas Bakkerud wins the World RX of Canada and closes the championship gap to just five points.

Bakkerud claimed a lights to flag victory in Trois-Rivieres for the seventh round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship. His first win since Argentina 2016.

The Monster Energy RX Cartel driver would start on pole alongside Timur Timerzyanov. Timerzyanov looked to have made a better getaway, however Bakkerud was able to run the GRX Taneco wide at the first turn which allowed him to hold onto the position and allowing Janis Baumanis up into second.

Kevin Hansen started at the back of the grid, but a good start meant he moved up to fourth and with Timerzyanov taking his joker on the opening lap, Hansen was up to third.

After taking his joker on the first lap Anton Marklund looked to be making ground on those in front. However his race was to come to a premature end when Hansen came out of his own joker lap alongside, contact between the two resulted in Marklund being spun round into the wall and out of the race. Hansen continued and crossed the line in fifth. However, later Hansen was disqualified from the final.

The podium sitters had pulled clear and Bakkerud took his first win in three years and closed down the title fight. Baumanis second and Timerzyanov third.

Guerlain Chicherit picked up fourth amongst the drama despite having an issue with his car early in the race. Marklund was classified fifth after Hansen’s disqualification.

With just three rounds left to go Kevin Hansen leads the driver championship by just five points from Bakkerud, with Timmy Hansen eight points behind Bakkerud in third. Team Hansen MJP is ahead of GRX Taneco by 16 points in the team’s championship. Monster Energy RX Cartel is third, 28 points second.

World RX returns in four weeks’ time on 31st August for the World RX of France.

 

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