Timmy Hansen wins Latvia and retakes championship lead


Timmy Hansen came back to take the win in Latvia and a one point championship advantage.

Hansen suffered suspension damage in the second round of qualifying on Saturday. He recovered in the wet conditions of Sunday to take his fourth win of the 2019 FIA World Rallycross Championship. Victory meant that Hansen retook the lead in the championship, one point ahead of Andreas Bakkerud.

Hansen lined up alongside polesitter Bakkerud for the final. The Peugeot driver got the better start to take the lead. A messy turn one saw Bakkerud drop down to fifth. Monster Energy RX Cartel teammate Liam Doran allowed him through to fourth.

Back row starter, Timur Timerzyanov made the best start, coming from the back to challenge round the outside for the lead. Too quick into the first turn saw him drop off the track and almost into the tyre wall which had caused his Q1 roll over. He rejoined the track in third place, but a mistake later in the lap and taking his joker saw him drop to the back of the order.

Niclas Gronholm was able to stay out of trouble in the first corner and move up to second, a position he was able to defend from Bakkerud, who made a few small mistakes in trying to chase down the GRX Taneco driver.

Hansen took the win ahead of Gronholm and Bakkerud.

Kevin Hansen was caught up in turn one and dropped to the back, but was able to pass Doran when he opened the door for Bakkerud. Kevin took fourth place.

There was contact in the race between Timerzyanov and Doran which saw Doran hit the wall. Both completed the race in fifth and sixth respectively.

Timmy Hansen leads Bakkerud by one point and Kevin Hansen is eight points behind his brother. Team Hansen MJP lead GRX Taneco by 48 points in the team championship.

The final round of the season, World RX of South Africa, will take place on 9th and 10th November.

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