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Swede edges out Kevin Hansen for shock Höljes victory with Timmy sixth.
Wildcard Sebastian Eriksson held his nerve to record a brilliant first FIA World Rallycross win on home soil at the Swecon World RX of Sweden as compatriot Kevin Hansen regained the title lead from older brother Timmy. Here is all you need to know:
– Heading into their home race amidst the carnival atmosphere of Höljes, the Hansen brothers were separated by one point with Timmy leading on 107.
– The 2019 season’s sixth stop was a much harder proposition, though, as Norwegian Andreas Bakkerud and Latvian Reinis Nitišs impressed in Q1, Q2 and Q3.
– Swedish wildcard Eriksson put down his marker with victory in Q4 as Kevin led Timmy home in the first semi-final with Dutchman Kevin Abbring also progressing .
– Eriksson cruised to victory in the second semi-final with Finn Niclas Grönholm and Nitišs also securing their places in what promised to be a thrilling climax.
– Grönholm suffered a puncture on lap two to see his hopes fade with Kevin moving up into second after Timmy punctured and ran wide with Eriksson leading.
– Eriksson and Kevin went side by side in the last corner to lift the home crowd with the 26-year-old Eriksson coming home just 0.233 seconds ahead of Kevin for an amazing maiden WRX triumph as Nitišs claimed third.
– Eriksson had previously starred in the Global Rallycross Championship from 2015-2017 and managed to bank his maiden WRX win for Olsbergs MSE without any sponsors on his car, suit or helmet.
2019 FIA World Rallycross standings after round 6 of 10:
1. Kevin Hansen SWE 131 points
2. Timmy Hansen SWE 125
3. Andreas Bakkerud NOR 109
4. Niclas Grönholm FIN 96
5. Janis Baumanis LAT 89