Russian driver Timur Timerzyanov, who is one of the longest serving drivers currently in the FIA World Rallycross Championship, entered his third year with the GRX Taneco team this weekend at Höljes in Sweden.
Timerzyanov’s start to the 2020 campaign didn’t go to plan though as on the first race of the year a drive shaft was broken on his Hyundai i20, which lead to his car being stranded on a grass bank at the Velodrome section.
Despite the setbacks he fought back throughout the rest of the opening-round and managing to get himself inside the top 12 to go through to the semi finals, but from there he couldn’t progess any further.
On the second day of the doubleheader he had two decent runs in the the qualifying sessions but didn’t manage to get any further up in the timing as he went eighth fastest. In the last qualifying race of the weekend, he picked up another drive shaft issue and finished last.
While the result was far from ideal, Timerzyanov was high enough in the intermediate standings to make it through to the semi-final where he fought hard for the final.
The final was fiercely contested as Mattias Ekström, Johan Kristoffersson and Kevin Hansen fought it out for the podium places at the front; Timerzyanov was left to settle for fourth place.
“Today’s Semi-final was one of the most action-packed in my career with door-to-door racing and “elbows out” attitude.” Timerzyanov said.
“Unfortunately, it was not enough and I was still unable to make it to the Final. I am happy that finally this season has started, but obviously we also have some things that we need to analyze and improve for the oncoming race at Kouvola – a track that has been out of the Championship for several years,”