FIA World Rallycross – Round 2: Heat 1 Round Up


With the massive 38 car entry list the heats were always going to action packed. Missing from the race weekend was Kevin Proctor who’s unsolved engine issues meant he couldn’t take part this weekend. There was drama in the morning practice when Anton Marklund‘s VW Polo went up in flames, thankfully for the Swede the marshals were on hand to quick put the fire out and save the car (see our photos from this morning).

Andreas Bakkerud was the top driver of the first heats, fresh from helping Nelson Piquet Jr. to fourth place in the opening round of the Global Red Bull Rallycross season in Barbados, followed by a holiday the Norwegian hit the Kent circuit and was the only driver of the first heat to drop below 3 minutes finishing time.

Toomas Heikkinen was fired up to take his race victory ahead of British Touring Car champion Andrew Jordan who took second place in his first competitive rallycross race since 2007; while Heikkinen did enough to take second overall in the heat, Jordan would finish just outside of the top 10 in eleventh place. Jordan would later reveal a last lap puncture meant he had to lift off to nurse the car home

Anton Marklund was showing no signs of his practice drama as he waltzed to victory ahead of the highest placed LD Motorsports car of Derek Tohill. Timur Timerzyanov was flying once again in his heats as he looks to put the disappointment of not making it through to the finals in the opening round of the World Rallycross championship as he beat Petter’s older brother Henning Solberg.

With Bakkerud taking the race victory there was disappointment for home heroes Liam Doran who was penalised after a jump start and Ollie O’Donovan as they finished fourth and fifth respectively. Robin Larsson fought off Timmy Hansen for a close victory in their race with just 0.258s seperating them as the chequered flag came out.

Tanner Foust blitzed his race to finish nearly two seconds ahead of Jérôme Grosset-Janin; the American has won at Lydden the last two times he has raced there, and looks like he is planning to add to that tally this weekend.

Reinis Nitiss managed to get the upper hand over round 1 winner Petter Solberg who finished an overall twelfth place.

If you’re looking for photos of the Heat 1 action click here.

Heat 1: Top 10 Overall Result

Pos DRIVER Time Heat Points
1 Andreas BAKKERUD 02:59.850 50
2 Toomas HEIKKINEN 03:00.846 45
3 Timur TIMERZYANOV 03:01.317 42
4 Tanner FOUST 03:01.321 40
5 Robin LARSSON 03:02.137 39
6 Anton MARKLUND 03:02.384 38
7 Timmy HANSEN 03:02.395 37
8 Tommy RUSTAD 03:02.708 36
9 Reinis NITISS 03:03.084 35
10 Jérôme GROSSET-JANIN 03:03.219 34

Heat 1: Race 1

Position Race: 1 Total Time Heat POS Heat Points
1 Tommy RUSTAD 03:02.708 8 36
2 Pavel KOUTNY 03:08.013 19 25
3 Julian GODFREY 03:13.019 34 10

Heat 1: Race 2

Position Race: 2 Total Time Heat POS Heat Points
1 Toomas HEIKKINEN 03:00.846 2 45
2 Andrew JORDAN 03:03.420 11 33
3 Davy JEANNEY 03:03.870 14 30
4 Bohdan LUDWICZAK 03:37.658 36 8

Heat 1: Race 3

Position Race: 3 Total Time Heat POS Heat Points
1 Anton MARKLUND 03:02.384 6 38
2 Derek TOHILL 03:08.130 22 22
3 Alexander HVAAL 03:08.415 23 21
4 Peter HEDSTRÖM 03:10.838 32 12
5 Mats ÖHMAN 03:11.396 33 11

Heat 1: Race 4

Position Race: 4 Total Time Heat POS Heat Points
1 Timur TIMERZYANOV 03:01.317 3 42
2 Henning SOLBERG 03:04.360 15 29
3 Jos JANSEN 03:08.083 21 23
4 Jean-Luc PAILLER 03:10.524 30 14
5 Krzysztof SKORUPSKI 00:00.000 37 6

Heat 1: Race 5

Position Race: 5 Total Time Heat POS Heat Points
1 Andreas BAKKERUD 02:59.850 1 50
2 Koen PAUWELS 03:03.700 13 31
3 Alexandre THEUIL 03:08.484 24 20
4 Liam DORAN 03:08.699 27 17
5 Ollie O’DONOVAN 03:10.605 31 13

Heat 1: Race 6

Position Race: 6 Total Time Heat POS Heat Points
1 Robin LARSSON 03:02.137 5 39
2 Timmy HANSEN 03:02.395 7 37
3 Fabien PAILLER 03:04.559 16 28
4 Tord LINNERUD 03:06.455 18 26
5 Jochen COOX 03:34.852 35 9

Heat 1: Race 7

Position Race: 7 Total Time Heat POS Heat Points
1 Tanner FOUST 03:01.321 4 40
2 Jérôme GROSSET-JANIN 03:03.219 10 34
3 Frode HOLTE 03:08.567 25 19
4 Ramona KARLSSON 03:09.956 28 16
5 Eric FAREN 03:10.452 29 15

Heat 1: Race 8

Position Race: 8 Total Time Heat POS Heat Points
1 Reinis NITISS 03:03.084 9 35
2 Petter SOLBERG 03:03.435 12 32
3 Andy SCOTT 03:06.131 17 27
4 Emil ÖHMAN 03:08.043 20 24
5 Lukas WALFRIDSON 03:08.652 26 18