Courtesy of Red Bull Media Service Team
Swede edges out Timmy Hansen after latest Team Peugeot Total car upgrade.
– Team Peugeot Total headed into Round 6 with Sébastien Loeb and Timmy driving the final version of the PEUGEOT 208 WRX with significant modifications to the chassis, engine, suspension and transmission leaving Kevin Hansen to drive the earlier 2018 model.
– Sadly for Frenchman Loeb, he could only finish fourth in the first semi-final with Norwegian crowd favourite Petter Solberg retiring too in the second semi-final.
– It became apparent in the final that Kevin was struggling and he was forced to retire halfway leaving Timmy to carry the family’s hopes for the race.
– Johan Kristoffersson built up a crucial lead over the first five laps with EKS Audi Sport driver Andreas Bakkerud second as they went into a final-lap joker.
– Kristoffersson came out first to take the victory, but Bakkerud came out in between Timmy in second and team-mate Ekström in fourth. The Norwegian managed to get past Timmy for second, then Ekström collided with Timmy to leave him in the last podium spot.
– Bakkerud, 26, revealed: “Every year a podium since 2013. This is absolutely mega. I love this track and the weather we had this weekend. The fans are going nuts – so much energy. Incredible atmosphere to be around.”
– 2016 champion Ekström explained: “I think Timmy had some issue, because it looked like he started to lose pace. I wanted to go on the right side down the hill and we touched wheel by wheel. I will have to look at the pictures. It was hardcore to the very end.”
Sweden World RX of Sweden result:
Driver standings after six out of 12 races:
1. Johan Kristoffersson SWE 165 points
2. Andreas Bakkerud NOR 125
3. Petter Solberg NOR 119
4. Mattias Ekström SWE 117
5. Sébastien Loeb FRA 117
6. Timmy Hansen SWE 115
7. Kevin Hansen SWE 76
Team standings after six out of 12 races:
1. PSRX Volkswagen Sweden 284 points
2. EKS Audi Sport 242
3. Team Peugeot Total 232