Estering WorldRX: Jeanney Storms to Victory in Final


Frenchman Davy Jeanney dominated the final of the Estering World Rallycross event, claiming his maiden championship round win in the process.

The Peugeot-Hansen driver was left unopposed as he stormed to a comfortable victory over championship leader Petter Solberg and team-mate Timmy Hansen.

Pole man Jeanney, who had won three heats prior to the final, made the best start and was able to hold the inside line at the first corner. Solberg also maintained his second place grid spot but was placed under a hail of pressure from Hansen and Andreas Bakkerud, who had started from the back.

Despite carving his way to the head of the field, Bakkerud came in too deep at the first hairpin, skidding his car to a standstill in the dust as Jeanney began to pull away.

Bakkerud’s fanciful move on the opening lap didn’t go unnoticed by the race stewards, who excluded the Norwegian driver for contact made with Marklund Motorsport’s Tord Linnerud.

With Jeanney looking dominant, Solberg opted to use his joker on lap two, which brought him out just behind his title rival Johan Kristoffersson in the Team Sweden Volkswagen Polo. The pair duked furiously for the remainder of the race, which both allowed Hansen to catch up, and Jeanney to further his advantage.

The Frenchman remained calm on his joker lap to secure his first WorldRX event win, placing him sixth in the standings, level on points with Olsbergs Ford driver Reinis Nitiss.

Solberg, meanwhile, assumed second position after Kristoffersson was forced to take his joker lap on the final tour, which also allowed Hansen to pip the Swedish driver for third on the line.

The result means that Solberg has extended his points lead over Kristoffersson to 35 points, while Bakkerud lies a further 15 points adrift.

Kristoffersson will have the opportunity to bridge the gap to his championship rival at his home event next month, as the WorldRX circus heads to Höljesbanan in western Sweden on July 4-5.