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ANDREAS BAKKERUD LEADS OVERNIGHT AT LATVIA RX

Johan Kristoffersson set the fastest time in Q2 at the tenth round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship at Riga in Latvia, but it’s Norway’s Andreas Bakkerud who is top qualifier at the end of day one, having set second fastest time in Q1 and Q2. 

Bakkerud won the last race of the day in his Ford Focus RS RX, but couldn’t beat the time set by Kristoffersson in an earlier race as the pair continue to fight over third position in the Drivers’ Championship points. Having set fastest time in Q1, Peugeot-Hansen’s Timmy Hansen is second overall, with Kristoffersson completing the top three.

“This track is a lot of fun. It’s very challenging, I think the guys that have been testing here had an advantage this morning,” said Bakkerud of the new venue. “We had a big job to do, we were 2.5 seconds behind but we have been going quicker and quicker and it’s great to be in the top three on day one for the seventh event in a row.”

Nine-time World Rally Champion Sebastien Loeb is fourth at the end of day one, while Timo Scheider produced one of the performances of the day in fifth overall for the Munnich Motorsport team. Latvia’s Janis Baumanis is inside the top six at his home round of the championship heading into the second day of action in Riga. 

The battle for the 2016 World RX title came to a head in Q2 between Mattias Ekstrom and Petter Solberg. In the final lap of the race, Ekstrom passed Solberg, who had already had a big sideways moment after contact with Hansen, before Solberg re-passed the Swedish driver at the first hairpin. However, Solberg was later black flagged for the move and is 22nd at the end of day one. Ekstrom is eighth overall. 

See full results here. 

 

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