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WHAT THE TEAMS SAID: CANADA RX

Friday 9th of August 2019

The result from the World RX of Canada, round seven of the FIA World Rallycross Championship at Trois-Rivieres blew the title battle wide open. Drivers from four different teams took the top four places in the final, and Andreas Bakkerud took his first victory since 2016

Here’s what the teams had to say:

Monster Energy RX Cartel:

Andreas Bakkerud P1, Liam Doran P8

Andreas Bakkerud: “Nine hundred and eighty-one days since the last win. Sweat, tears, and hard work has been put down since that. There's so many to thank - but no one mentioned, no one forgot. Usually, I'm a guy with a lot of words; today, I have none. Thank you all!”

Team STARD:

Janis Baumanis P2, Jani Paasonen P16

Janis Baumanis: “I’m speechless. Of course a thousand words would be able to explain it, but it’s hard to say how I feel for the team, my family and the sponsors, who were all involved in the one aim to go for the best result possible. To be on the podium in P2 in Canada is a brilliant feeling, and it was an amazing job from all the team, mechanics and engineers. We’ve put so much time and effort into achieving this, and the result is big, thanks to the team and everyone involved. Starting from Q4 the switched turned the right way for us and that was the key point for the success in the semi-final and final. I enjoyed the semi-final and in the final I had a really good start, our tactics for the first corner were good and we were pushing Bakkerud in the gravel sections. It’s a dream to be on the podium in World RX, this is the second time for us, but for me the first real one and the champagne tastes really sweet.”

GRX Taneco:

Timur Timerzyanov P3, Niclas Gronholm P7

Timur Timerzyanov: “This weekend has been with its highs and lows. Especially the final, where I was in a position to fight for a win, but made a crucial mistake that put me way back in the standings. But then it all turned around, when other drivers also fell under the pressure and I was able to regain positions and finish on the podium. The race in Canada has mixed up the Drivers’ standings in the Championship and the race for the main trophies is just heating up,”

GC Kompetition:

Guerlain Chicherit P4, Anton Marklund P5, Rokas Baciuska P9

Guerlain Chicherit: “What a weekend. Canada RX has been the best team result so far with four GCK cars in the semi-finals and two in the final as well as a personal best in a P4 for me. It was a crazy weekend full of contact and aggressive racing, which was great for the fans – we put down some really good lap and sector times and we absolutely had the pace for a spot on the podium. I felt strong and confident in the Megane and loved the track, so the broken gear box was hugely disappointing for me, as I was pushing for an even better result and just didn’t have a chance to fight for the podium in the final. On to Loheac now and I’m stoked to be racing in front of my home crowd next!”

Team Hansen MJP:

Kevin Hansen P6, Timmy Hansen P13

Kenneth Hansen (Team Principal): “We learned a lot as a team this weekend. We didn't put everything together. When we came here we thought we would be very strong but we struggled a little with the speed. It wasn't really bad per se, but we also pushed a little over the limit a couple of times. This was one of the weekends that was not just not our weekend. We need to pick up the small details as to why that was the case. We didn't make brilliant starts, so that's something we can look at. It was an important learning weekend for the team and for the future, to make sure we put everything together for the end of the season.”

GCK Academy:

Cyril Raymond P11, Guillaume De Ridder P14

Cyril Raymond: “Overall I’m pretty happy with my performance this weekend as we were able to show the Clio R.S. RX was performing right from the start and I felt comfortable on the track in Trois-Rivieres. There are still things to work on the car but we have made good progress. The second day was better with two P6, it’s great to race with this pace and I won a race ahead of the leader of the championship, Kevin Hansen! The move to overtake Szabo was crazy enough but I took the opportunity and that contributed to grab a place in the semi-finals, where I had a mechanical problem that forced me to give up, but that’s motorsport sometimes. I’m really excited for Lohéac after this good weekend, my goal for my home race is simple: final and podium.”

ALL-INKL.COM Muennich Motorsport:

Timo Scheider P10

Timo Scheider: “The final there was to grab but unfortunately, Liam Doran spun right in front of my car which forced me to stop. No matter, we still have a few chances. We'll use that. Thanks to the ALL-INKL.COME Muennich Motorsport guys, you've done a great job this weekend! Keep pushing our time is coming soon. And by the way, well done Andreas Bakkerud you deserved this one”

EKS Sport:

Krisztian Szabo P12

Krisztian Sazbo: “I finished P10 here in Canada, I am happy that I could race again in the semi-finals and I feel positive ahead of the upcoming races! Congrats Andreas Bakkerud on the win, see you in France.”

Xite Racing:

Oliver Bennett P15

Oliver Bennett: “Got taken out on the start (of Q4). Pretty p****d off, the day ended with nothing I could do about it. Pack up, regroup, bye Canada.”

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