and reigning WRX champion, Petter Solberg took victory at the first ever World
RX of Hockenheim for the SDRX team. Ford Olsberg MSE driver Reinis Nitiss
finished 2nd while Timmy Hansen took 3rd for Team
packed weekend at Hockenheim saw 75,000 people attending the first round of the
DTM championship, round 1 of the TT Cup and the second round of the WRX
championship most excited for the WRX races at the Hockenheimring. As cars
collided with each other, some hit barriers and most notably Timur Timerzyanov
hitting the tyre wall who ended up rolling the car completely only to land of
all 4 wheel and continuing to finish his final heat for the weekend (Heat 4)
left the crowd cheering and a day to remember for time to come.
Final saw Petter Solberg, who had dominated the whole weekend stand in pole
alongside Nitiss with Timmy Hansen, Toomas Heikkinen, Robin Larsson and Andreas
Bakkerud line up on the grid. When the lights went out, Solberg slingshot in
the lead to the first corner with Nitiss following closely behind, Timmy Hansen
from the back got a brilliant start and jumped into 3rd to close the
door on Heikkinen. As Solberg drove aggressively and brilliant without any
errors, the reigning champion went on to win the race without a challenge from
any of the other drivers. The battle for 2nd and 3 was all down to
the joker lap between Nitiss, Hansen, Heikkinen and Larsson who were fighting
for 2nd and 3rd, but Nitiss and Hansen respectively held
their position after all drivers had jokered. Larsson at the final corner, on
the final 6th lap of the race, fighting with Heikkinen, went
slightly overzealous and contacted Heikkinen’s VW Polo supercar, but while
Heikkinen went on to finish in 4th place, Larsson failed to cross
the finish line after spinning out on the final corner and getting beached in
the gravel to finish 5th. Andreas Bakkerud retired on the 3rd lap
with a transmission problem to finish 6th in the final.
also awarded the Monster Energy Super Charge Award for his rapid start off the
line. Solberg stated “I love big fights and tough competitions and that’s why I
continued: “The fans seemed to love rallycross and it’s been great to be in
Hockenheim alongside DTM this weekend, it’s been very well organised. It’s not been an easy weekend: we had a bad start on Friday, there was
little grip off the line and then I had a puncture in the semi-final. I had two choices going into Saturday: one
was to go fast or the second was to go very fast – I went for the second
option! I know everybody says this but my win is credit to the team. They are fantastic and I wouldn’t be here
the 19-year old Latvian, Reinis Nitiss said “I am very happy, we are getting
closer and closer to Petter all the time, but I guess that he has been in cars
for longer than I have been alive,” joked the 19-year-old Latvian.
round of the WRX season will take place in Belgium from 15th-17th
of May at the Circuit Jules Tacheny in Mettet. The Belgian RX round will also
be the first round of the FIA European Rallycross Championship.
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