Solberg marches on, dominating Q3 at Lydden Hill

Credit: / Matt Bristow

Petter Solberg put in another flawless performance as action got underway on the second day of the 2016 World RX of Great Britain.

The defending FIA World Rallycross champion finished Q3 with a total time of 2:52.297, putting him 1.161 seconds in front of Team Peugeot Hansen’s Timmy Hansen. Mattias Ekström finished Q3 in third place.

Johan Kristofferson took victory after an early joker set him up well, Topi Heikkinen lead for most of the race but couldn’t do enough to outpace the Volkswagen RX Sweden driver. Kristofferson’s time placed him fourth in Q3 with Heikkinen taking seventh.

Timur Timmerzyanov set the early pace as he took victory in his race, a time that would serve him well to claim fifth place in Q3.

Andreas Bakkerud ended Q3 as the highest placed Hoonigan Racing driver in sixth place, with Kevin Hansen, Davy Jeanney and Janis Baumanis rounding out the top 10.

Sébastien Loeb lost out in his heat after running wide through the busy joker, the Frenchman also picked up a puncture early, putting him out of the running for a top spot, finishing a lowly nineteenth.

Another driver who was hampered by a puncture was Anton Marklund, possibly from contact with Guy Wilks early in the race. Marklund would solider on to finish in twenty first place with three tyres and a rim.

Tanner Foust failed to make it to the grid for his race after electronic problems hampered him throughout the afternoon yesterday.

The top 12 drivers are currently – Solberg, Ekström, T Hansen, Bakkerud, Kristofferson, Heikkinen, K Hansen, Baumanis, Timerzyanov, Eriksson, Marklund and Block. Loeb is currently equal on points with Block but yet to make the cut. Jeanney and Niclas Grönholm are only 1 point off of Block and Loeb with Wilks trailing a further two points behind.