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Hansen Takes Solid Weekend at World RX of Portugal

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Timmy Hansen at the 2017 World RX of Portugal. Credit: Paulo Maria / DPPI

Timmy Hansen took fourth place in the 2017 World RX of Portugal Supercar Final, however he felt he could do more if he hadn’t been delayed in Qualifying.

The second round of the 2017 FIA World Rallycross Championship saw a more difficult time in Qualifying for the young Swedish driver, where he couldn’t seem to get a clear run to set a good time.

Hansen set times that kept him inside the top ten during three of the four sessions, however he lost time in Q2 with a boost issue that saw him go thirteenth quickest.

Timmy Hansen was inside the top ten in Qualifying at the World RX of Portugal. Credit: Paulo Maria / DPPI

“It was a solid weekend for the team, with both cars in the final. Unfortunately, my speed didn’t pay off because I was slowed several times by other drivers in qualifying,” explained Hansen.

Whilst he managed to pass other competitors on a circuit that is well known to be difficult to pass, The Team Peugeot-Hansen driver managed to pass several cars during Qualifying. However he sees this as the reason for setting a slower time in Qualifying, where his finished eight overall and gained a place in the Semi-Finals.

“As a result, I had to be as incisive as possible and I managed to pass five cars. That may have been entertaining for the spectators but it wasn’t great for my lap times.”

Timmy Hansen took a solid fourth place in the World RX of Portugal. Credit: Red Bull Content Pool

Hansen qualified for the Final after coming home in third place during his Semi-Final race, however his lack of pace during the race was soon diagnosed. The Swedish driver would come home in fourth place just missing out on the podium whilst his team-mate Sebastien Loeb finished in second place.

 On top of that, I lost power halfway into the final. Otherwise I’m convinced I could have been with Sébastien on the podium because I was right behind him at that point.”

Timmy Hansen is looking forward to the next round of World RX at Hockenheim. Credit: Red Bull Content Pool

Hansen is now looking forward to round three of the 2017 FIA World Rallycross Championship, the World RX of Hockenheim which takes place on May 5-7.

“I can’t wait to have a race where I get a clear run. I hope that will be at Hockenheim.”

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