Barcelona World RX: Timmy Hansen takes overnight lead

Timmy Hansen repaid the effort made by the Hansen MJP squad following a monster accident in the World Rallycross Championship season-opener by dominating the first day of the Spanish round.

Barcelona World RX: Timmy Hansen takes overnight lead

At the Barcelona circuit where Hansen retired from the lead of semi-final stages 12 months ago, the Swede set the fastest time in both Q1 and Q2 to lead the order at the close of play on Saturday.

Hansen leapfrogged Guerlain Chicherit in his Q1 race having backed out of the first corner scrum and cut to the inside of the left-hander to take track position from Niclas Gronholm, then led the last race of the day in Q2 from lights-to-flag in commanding fashion.

With a succession of fastest laps of the event so far, Hansen led younger brother and teammate Kevin Hansen to the line, the round one winner and points leader holding second overnight.

Kevin Hansen was helped by a re-started race in Q1. After initially losing out to Cyril Raymond at the start in the first running of the encounter and dropping time, he led the re-run from start to finish. He then took an early joker in Q2 and climbed back up the order.

Third in both sessions, thanks to a race victory in Q1 and following Timmy Hansen throughout the Q2 race, only to be passed by Kevin Hansen after his lap four joker, was triple European Rallycross Champion Timur Timeryzanov in a return to form for the Russian driver.

However, his GRX teammate Niclas Gronholm, who initially won round one of the series on track before being handed a post-race penalty which dropped him behind Kevin Hansen, got held up in traffic in Q1, then made a slow start in Q2 and was 11th fastest.

The Finn is ninth at the end of day one, a place ahead of double DTM champion Timo Scheider.

Fourth and fifth positions at the close of the first day are held by Audi drivers Andreas Bakkerud and Krisztian Szabo after solid performances from both drivers.

Raymond delivered an impressive run in the GCK Academy Renault to be sixth after the first two qualifying sessions.

British driver and former Olympic champion Chris Hoy finished both of first qualifying races, despite a jump start in Q1 and a spin at the end of Q2, and rounded off his first day of World RX inside the points, in 15th.

Overnight standings:

Cla Driver Chassis Q1 Q2 QP
1 Sweden Timmy Hansen
Peugeot 208 50 50 100
2 Sweden Kevin Hansen
Peugeot 208 45 45 90
3 Russian Federation Timur Timerzyanov
Hyundai i20 42 42 84
4 Norway Andreas Bakkerud
Audi S1 39 39 78
5 Krisztián Szabó
Audi S1 35 40 75
6 Cyril Raymond
Renault Clio RS 36 38 74
7 Latvia Janis Baumanis
Ford Fiesta 37 36 73
8 France Guerlain Chicherit
Renault Megane RS 40 32 72
9 Finland Niclas Gronholm
Hyundai i20 38 33 71
10 Germany Timo Scheider
Seat Ibiza 33 37 70
11 Rokas Baciuska
Škoda Fabia 32 35 67
12 United Kingdom Liam Doran
Audi S1 34 31 65
13 Tamas Karai
Audi A1 31 30 61
14 Guillaume De
Renault Clio RS 30 29 59
15 United Kingdom Chris Hoy
Ford Fiesta 28 27 55
16 Jani Paasonen
Ford Fiesta 29 26 55
17 Oliver Bennett
Mini Cooper 24 28 52
18 Sweden Anton Marklund
Renault Megane RS 34 34
19 France Herve Knapick
Citroen DS3 24 24
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