CANADA RX: TRACK GUIDE WITH TIMERZYANOV
The seventh round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship takes place this weekend at Trois-Rivieres in Canada, where 20 Supercar drivers are each targeting a place on the podium.
Last season in Canada, double FIA European Rallycross Champion Timur Timerzyanov scored his first podium in World RX for Team Peugeot-Hansen and is targeting victory this weekend in his OlsbergsMSE run Ford Fiesta.
We caught up with the Russian driver to get his thoughts on the Canada RX circuit. “This was one of the really interesting tracks last year. It’s special; the tarmac is a proper circuit-racing track, with a very long straight from the starting line. This is a big part of the track, you can really see who has the most power. There is a lot of gravel in the second part of the lap, which can be quite difficult, it’s hard to control the car in some places,” explains Timerzyanov. “A lot of the corners are close together. I think the last corner is the most important on the track, but also on the gravel section, the corner inside the joker lap is important. Those are two special corners where you can gain a lot of time.”
Timerzyanov thinks the joker lap on the Trois-Rivieres circuit is unique. “The joker is interesting because you an see everything that’s happening inside you on the main track, and then continue to fight on the exit.” The former champion has had a challenging first half of the World RX season, but almost made it into the final at the last round in Sweden. He is hoping to carry that form into North American this weekend. “Sweden was unlucky, in the last heat I lost fourth position at the Intermediate Classification and we couldn’t fight back in the semi-final. I had a really good race in Canada last year and finished in third place, this year I will try to do something special and fight for first position.”
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