HOLJES RX TOURINGCAR, S1600 + LITES REVIEW
The sixth round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship featured a full compliment of supporting categories, with the FIA European Rallycross Championship for Super1600, the FIA European Rallycross Championship for TouringCar and the RX Lites Cup all in action over the course of the event.
In the Super1600 category, Denmark’s Ulrik Linnemann fought back from problems in the qualifying stages and only just making it into the semi-finals in 12th at the Intermediate Classification to win his semi-final and then beat Norwegian star Espen Isaksctre in the final. Isaksctre led the final from the first corner, chased hard by Linnemann while Artis Baumanis and Timur Shigabutdinov took their jokers on lap one. Czech Republic driver Ondrej Smetana ran third on the opening lap but dropped behind Baumanis when he took his joker on lap two. Still pushing hard at the front, Linnemann took his joker on lap three and returned to the main track in second, before Smetana passed Baumanis for third later in the lap. Isaksctre took his joker on lap five but Linnemann had closed the gap and took the lead, Isaksctre slotting into second with Smetana third, the positions remaining until the finish. Linnemann’s result gives him the championship lead, title rival Krisztian Szabo failing to make it into the final
In the TouringCar category, championship leader Fredrik Magnessen also failed to make the final. Ben-Philip Gundersen started on pole position alongside Kjetil Larsen, Gundersen taking the lead on lap one while Larsen was followed into the joker lap by Magda Andersson. Behind, Torleif Lona was sent into a spin by Anders Braten, who was disqualified for the move. Petter Brauten ran second on lap one, while Larsen spun after the Holjes jump on lap two, handing third to Andersson, which became second when Gundersen and Brauten took their jokers on lap three. Gundersen held on to secure victory and take the championship lead, with Andersson climbing to second. Brauten completed the Holjes podium.
The RX Lites Cup looks set to go down to the wire in 2016, with little to choose between title contenders Thomas Bryntesson and Cyril Raymond, but it was Sweden’s Simon Olofsson who claimed victory at Holjes. Bryntesson started on pole position for the final but jumped the start, meaning he would have to take two jokers. The Norwegian led on lap one followed by Raymond and newcomer Marcus Hoglund. Olofsson, Johan Larsson and Alexander Westlund took their jokers on lap one, while Bryntesson took the first of his jokers on lap four and returned to the normal line behind Olofsson in third. The pole man took his second joker on the fifth lap, dropping to fourth, while Raymond took his joker on lap six from the lead and came out behind Olofsson, the Swede scoring his first win with Raymond second and Larsson finishing on the podium on his return to the sport.
Coverage of the Super1600 and TouringCar categories can be seen on the OTT highlights programme here.
Full results from Holjes RX can be found here.
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