Photo Caption: Topi
Heikkinen leading the Belgian RX Supercar Final in Mettet 2015
Topi Heikkinen has won the Belgium round of
the FIA World Rallycross Championship as the Finn did last season for Marklund
Motorsport. Reigning WRX Champion Petter Solberg finished second for SDRX while
the young Latvian Reinis Nitiss claimed 3rd Ford Olsberg MSE.
Semi Final 1 saw Kristoffersson, who was a
favourite to win the round after mutilating Solberg’s time in Heat 4, to retire
after clipping a kerb too close and puncturing his left front tyre, Timmy
Hansen faced the same problem and lost out as well from qualifying to the RX
Supercar Final. Heikkinen, Bakkerud and Nitiss took the top 3 spots to qualify
to the final heat.
Photo Caption: Topi
Heikkinen on the roof of his Volkswagen Polo Marklund Motorsport WRX Supercar
Semi Final 2 is where Solberg destroyed his
chance of victory when the Norwegian jumped the start and was penalised with an
extra joker lap. But Solberg being Solberg took it as a challenge and went all
out. Despite the extra joker lap Solberg showed what a true champion can do
when he finished 2nd under a second behind PG Andersson who took the
Semi Final win. Solberg squeezed himself into the Final on the 2nd
row with Bakkerud while Mattias Ekstrom finished 3rd in the Semi
Final to line up alongside Nitiss in the Final.
The RX Supercar Final saw a determined
Solberg right behind Andersson and Heikkinen into the first corner. Ekstrom was
forced to retire once he incurred damage to his Audi S1 EKS Quattro on lap 1.
PG Andersson couldn’t keep up the pace with Heikkinen and Solberg and fell
behind to finish 4th ahead of Bakkerud. Solberg was close enough for
victory up until the reigning champion messed up his joker lap by carrying too
much speed into the corner and thus running wide. On the subsequent lap
Heikkinen executed the perfect joker to extend his lead from Solberg to cross
the finish line to take victory at Mettet, Belgium RX claiming it “My City”.
Nitiss finished 3rd overall behind Solberg for Ford Olsberg MSE.
Photo Caption: Petter
Solberg jumping his Citroen DS3 to finish 2nd in Belgium RX 2015 for
really happy, Belgium is starting to feel like home!,” grinned Heikkinen who
repeated his 2014 Mettet victory. The Finn was awarded the coveted Monster
Energy Super Charge Award after his rapid start off the line during the final,
and also wins a Rebellion Timepieces Wraith Drive Rallycross watch from the
Championship’s official timing partner.
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