Bakkerud fires back in World RX of Great Britain Q4


FIA World Rallycross round 4. Lydden Hill Race Circuit, Wooton. Picture: Matt Bristow

Bucking the trend of Petter Solberg dominating the qualifying races at Lydden Hill, Andreas Bakkerud set the quickest time of 2:53.049 in the Q4 ahead of the reigning FIA World Rallycross champion by 0.942 seconds.

Sébastien Loeb opened the races with a victory over Anton Marklund and Julian Godfrey with a total time of 2:57.388.

The second race saw Robin Larsson and Ken Block battle throughout all five laps, the pair started the race side by side and went most of the way through the first corner that way, Larsson took the early advantage but Block wasn’t beaten yet. The American battled on and after both drivers took their joker laps, it was Block who was in the lead. Larsson could still smell victory and passed Block at the hairpin to take a well deserved victory and secure tenth place over all for Q4.

Kevin Erikkson led all of the third race which saw British drivers Liam Doran and Guy Wilks both retire early. It was looking like Doran had got the advantage of Wilks through Devils Elbow but as the pair headed up the hill Doran’s BMW Mini slowed, giving a puff of white smoke as it spluttered to a halt just before the hairpin. Wilks didn’t make it much further as he chose to retire as he rounded the hairpin. Eriksson’s time would place him in ninth place.

After showing some impressive pace in the Ford Focus RX, Bakkerud took a dominant victory in the fourth race of Q4, leading from start to finish to set a stunning time that not even Solberg would be able to beat. Topi Heikkinen finished second and Kevin Hansen third with times to secure them third and seventh respectively.

As expected, Solberg took victory in his race, finishing Q4 in second place, Timmy Hansen and Timur Timerzyanov took second and third place to set fourth and fifth fastest times of Q4.

Tanner Foust was forced to end his day early after the electrical issues that plagued him yesterday reappeared.

Moving through to the two semi-final races are: Solberg, Bakkerud, Timmy Hansen, Ekström, Heikkinen, Kristoffersson, Kevin Hansen, Timerzyanov, Eriksson, Loeb, Marklund and Baumanis. Davy Jeanney and Block finished the qualifying races only two points behind Baumanis while Larsson was another point down.