Hanson Leaves It Late In Hungary


Timmy Hansen took his first victory in the FIA European Rallycross Championship at Nyirad in Hungary, passing team-mate Timur Timerzyanov with only two corners to go on the final lap.

“This is absolutely amazing,” said Hansen. “I really can’t believe it, Timur’s been so fast all weekend but I just had enough in the final. The car was so perfect all weekend, we have had to make no set-up changes today because it has been just right.”

Hansen started the final alongside Timerzyanov on the front row after both drivers won their respective semi-finals. Timerzyanov got the holeshot as Davy Jeanney launched from the second row to split the two Citroen DS3s on the opening lap.

In an attempt to take the lead from Timerzyanov, Jeanney ran wide, allowing Hansen to move up into second place and concentrate on chasing the leader. Hansen and Jeanney took their joker laps on laps three and four, respectively, while Timerzyanov left his until the sixth and final lap.

As Timerzyanov took his joker, Hansen closed the gap, squeezing past his team-mate with just two corners until the chequered flag. Timerzyanov tried to regain the lead, making contact with the Swedish driver, but nothing could get between Hansen and his first victory. Jeanney rounded out the top three.

Elsewhere, there was another first time winner, this time in the Super1600 category as Reinis Nitiss took victory. There were also victories for Daniel Lundh in TouringCar and William Nilsson in JRX.