SOLBERG QUICKEST IN FREE PRACTICE
The seventh round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship at Holjes in Sweden got underway today with Free Practice for the Supercar competitors, in which Norway’s Petter Solberg set the quickest time, his PSRX Volkswagen Sweden team mate Johan Kristoffersson was second and 2016 Holjes winner Andreas Bakkerud was third.
MJP Racing Team Austria’s Kevin Eriksson was fourth quickest at his home circuit, with Team Peugeot-Hansen’s Sebastien Loeb and Timmy Hansen fifth and sixth. Having spent his childhood watching his father Kenneth Hansen competing at Holjes, Hansen still gets a buzz from competing at his home circuit.
“The song that they play just before the start here, I’m lucky I can’t hear that inside the car because I remember I used to be so nervous when they played it when dad drove. Now I can just hear the engine noises inside the car,” said Hansen. “It feels great to come here and I really believe it gives me a lot of positive energy. There are so many happy people here, everyone here has got a smile on their face. I always do my best at every event but I think maybe that feeling can give me a little bit of that extra 1% at Holjes.”
Changes have been made to the Holjes circuit for 2017, with additional asphalt laid in the section before the jump. “The new tarmac makes it faster and you approach the corner with the car a bit more settled. It used to dance around quite a lot on the loose downhill section – now there is better grip. It can be flat out in the downhill section now, it’s never been flat before, even if I would like to say I did it flat out I haven’t actually done it! You also have a better line now, so jump a bit more too,” he said. Hansen is racing a new 2017 Peugeot 208 WRX at Holjes after damage sustained in Norway to the car he raced so far this season was found to be too severe to completely repair.
In the FIA European Rallycross Championship for Supercar Hungary’s Tamas Pal Kiss was quickest, Sweden’s Anton Marklund was second and Norway’s Thomas Bryntesson third. Q1 and Q2 took place for the RX2 International Series and FIA European Rallycross Championship for Super1600. France’s Cyril Raymond is placed highest in RX2, Russia’s Timur Shigaboutdinov in Super1600.
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