Photo album from the 2019 Norwegian round of the World Rallycross Championships from HELL.
World RX round in Norway was as hot as Hell. But then the rain came which mixed the results up. The pole position’s on the front row struggled for grip, which bunched the pack up.
In the finals, Gronholm and Kevin Hansen once again had a coming together. Liam Doran went to make an over take on the two, who both hadn’t taken the joker yet. Doran looked to be on course for a win. But got caught up in the Gronholm/Hansen battle. Then an issue with the car dropped him to 6th.
Meanwhile, ahead of the pack, Anton Marklund in the GCK Megane went on to take his & the teams first ever victory, with Kevin Hansen 2nd and Gronholm 3rd.
However, the Stewards decided to give Hansen a 1 second penalty, swapping the positions around and moving Gronholm into 2nd. Then, more drama, as the Stewards then disqualified the winner due to a bumper mount cross member being to thick and over weight. Making Gronholm the winner.
An incredibly strong day 1 of World Rallycross at Hell in Norway, for Gronholm’s privately ran pair if Hyundai i20’s.
As the ex-WRC works cars dominated Saturday’s two Qualifying rounds. Niclas Gronholm, who missed the last two rounds, due to surgery, leads he way, with team mate & Russian driver Timur Timerzyanov. DTM legend, Timo Scheider is third. World RX, fan favourites & home boy, Andreas Bakkerud holds 4th place, with Timmy Hansen a close 5th. Making his debut in World RX, Kevin Abbring is currently 9th with Liam Doran in 12th place.
Photos from the days action below. By Daniel Darrall
Saturday’s action was dominated by Timmy Hansen and his Peugeot 208 based, 600bhp rocket-ship as he took both qualifying rounds. Sunday’s two Qualifying rounds were then dominated by fan’s favourite Andreas Bakkerud in his Audi S1, as he took the win in both Q3 & 4. British driver’s Liam Doran, team mate to Bakkerud in the S1 and Oliver Bennett both pleased the home crowd by making it into the semi finals. Which was a first for Bennett and his Xcite Mini. However, Bennett’s Mini caught fire during his Semi-final race and had to retire.
The final gave way to an epic battle between RX rivals Timmy Hansen & Andreas Bakkerud. Both seemed very level on pace throughout the weekend. But Timmy, after an early joker, managed to take the win over Bakkerud, who suffered small issues with his handbrake around the hairpin. Anton Marklund took his first podium for GCK in the Renault Megane RS.
Check out all the action from WorldRX at Silverstone, in the InsideRally photo Album below. (Photography by Daniel Darrall)