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Shane Van Gisbergen wins World RX Esports finale, Timmy Hansen crowned champion

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Shane Van Gisbergen wins the World RX Esports finale whilst Timmy Hansen and Killian Dall’olmo crowned champions.

The final round of the World RX Esports series, run on DiRT Rally 2.0 in partnership with Motorsport Games and Codemasters, took place at Cape Town, South Africa. After missing the previous round at Holjes, Sweden, Van Gisbergen came back to take his second win of the four part championship.

A dominant final saw the New Zealander lead the race from start to finish, securing him third place in the championship.

The 2019 FIA World Rallycross champion added the Esports title to his name after an eventful final race. Hansen led the standings by five points going into the finale from Tom Blomqvist.

The pair shared the fastest qualifying session times with Blomqvist going through to the as top qualifier and both drivers winning their respective semi-finals. The title contenders came together whilst battling for track position in the final, earning Blomqvist a five second penalty. Crossing the line in second, this dropped Blomqvist to third. This meant that P4 was enough to secure Hansen the win

David Perel impressed on his debut, with the South African securing second place in the final result. The winner last time out, Jonathan Pailler, took the final position.

“This feels great. It’s been kind of a long off season, and to be able to do Esports has been a fantastic way to stay alert and stay sharp. We had some great rallycross races in the Esports series, when I’ve been looking back at it, it’s properly exciting and this time again it fell my way. Shane was the star of the series by being so super-fast, but this feels amazing,” Timmy Hansen.

Missing out on the final was Sivert Svardal, Orhan Avcioglu, Kevin Hansen, Marius Bermingrud and Jordan Pepper.

Dall’olmo took his third win of the series in the sim racer category and secured the title. Closing the gap on the race leader in the final was Tommi Hallman who took second ahead of Jonne Ollikainen. Quentin Dall’olmo picked up a penalty in the semi-finals which put him out of contention for the title.

Feature image credit: FIAWorldRallycross.com

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