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FRANCE DEBRIEF | WHAT THE TEAMS SAID

Thursday 5th of September 2019

The race to become the 2019 FIA World Rallycross Champion couldn’t be closer, with just two points separating the top three drivers after the Bretagne World RX of France at Loheac last weekend.

Here’s what the teams had to say:

Team Hansen MJP:

Timmy Hansen P1, Kevin Hansen P3

Timmy Hansen: “This weekend has been amazing. Coming here, we have so much support from the French fans. We're getting so much love from them, they're supporting us, I can feel it going out on track. I also love to drive here. We can feel that the Peugeot is comfortable around these corners and I was also feeling very comfortable this weekend. I needed a perfect Q4 to be in the race and we got it just when we needed it, and got the pole, so that was very important for the weekend. I was all in for the final: I was going to push very hard and then Bakkerud and Gronholm opened the door for me, so I sneaked by. Those were six brilliant laps. On the last lap, I remembered that back in 2015, my dad told me to enjoy this lap, and I saw I had a big gap, so again, I took in the atmosphere, looked up at the grandstands, and I felt the feeling of leading the last lap in Loheac. To cross the finish line first is such an amazing feeling.”

GC Kompetition:

Anton Marklund P2, Rokas Baciuska P4, Guerlain Chicherit P13

Anton Marklund: The weekend was one full of ups and downs for sure, we showed some really good pace but struggled a little throughout Q1 and Q2 but we just had to put our heads down to understand what we had to fix to improve performance and it paid out well with top spots in Q3 and Q4. I was happy with the semi-final result as it meant we bagged a spot in the final, which was really important for the team at their home event and I know once you’re in the final, anything can be possible. We went flat out in the final, managing to get through the battle at the start to come out in p2. I felt we had the speed to overtake but I didn’t quite have the gap to Kevin to overtake him following the joker so ended up in p3 when I’d jokered and then overtook Kevin when he jokered. I’m really pleased this weekend, for the team to perform like this at their home event and for us to show this consistent performance but a little disappointed as I was hoping to share the podium with Rokas who definitely deserved a spot on the podium showing fantastic pace this weekend. It really shows that the team’s hard work is paying off though and what the team is doing to further talent in rallycross is working.”

Monster Energy RX Cartel:
Andreas Bakkerud P5, Liam Doran P9

Andreas Bakkerud: You either win, or you learn! Unfortunately, no trophy here in France today. Everything was looking good all weekend, and it’s never fun to see it slip when you're that close. BUT, like I've said many times before – that's racing. We made it to the top of the World Championship standings though! We’re leading!! The last two races are going to be exciting!!”

GRX Taneco:

Niclas Gronholm P6, Toomas ‘Topi’ Heikkinen P7, Timur Timerzyanov P12

Toomas ‘Topi’ Heikkinen: “I really enjoyed my return to the FIA World RX field. The team gave me a great car and I managed to be up to the pace with the top guys in the Championship. After the first day I was hoping to make my way all the way up to the final, but a contact with another racer left a little impact on car’s performance in the semi-final and my race ended there. I want to thank everyone in the GRX as well as those who made this race happen for me.”

ALL-INKL.COM Muennich Motorsport:

Timo Scheider P8

Timo Scheider: “Everything went well, until in the semi-finals once again an over-motivated stupid boy has messed up my clear entry into the final! But after what happened in Spa this weekend, results are a trivial matter! I send all my thoughts and wishes to the family and friends of Anthoine Hubert. R.I.P.

Team STARD:

Janis Baumanis P10, Jani Paasonen P17

Manfred Stohl (Team Principal): “Janis delivered a very solid performance. By reaching the semi-finals, he has again confirmed an improvement in our team here in France because we have always struggled here and are therefore satisfied with the results. "

EKS Sport:

Krisztian Szabo P11

Krisztian Sazbo: “I didn’t get the result I wanted but I felt comfortable in the car and things went quite well. I have driven a Supercar before in Riga so I’m looking forward to Latvia.”

Pailler Competition:

Fabien Pailler P14, Jonathan Pailler P18

Jonathan Pailler: “We are from Brittany, we live about 200km from here so this is very much our home race and I have been here over 30 times. As always, the fans have been amazing and it is important for us to keep the Pailler name going here.”

GCK Academy:

Cyril Raymond P15, Guillaume De Ridder P16

Cyril Raymond: “The weekend is over and we are obviously disappointed to not be in the semi-finals at our home race because the speed was there. This morning I did a P9 result in the Q3 so I was really happy it would have been possible to be in the top 3. Unfortunately, it didn’t happen but it was a special moment for me in France. Thanks to all the french fans for their support and hopefully I will see you next year in Loheac. Thanks everyone! Thanks to GCK Academy for all their work this weekend.” 

Xite Racing:

Oliver Bennett P19

Oliver Bennett: “It all went downhill from Q2 really where we had the initial contact and ended up in the gravel. Then in Q4, I thought I was clear into turn one but got a shove from the left side which triggered a catalogue of events and I was a passenger from then on. Luckily, the damage looks worse than it is. Onwards to Latvia now.”

ESmotorsport – Labas GAS:

Matvey Furazhkun P20

Matvey Furazhkun: “We made small steps in each race, and we improved a lot from Q1 to Q4 so we’re very looking forward to better results in the next race and we’ll keep working for the best results we can.

 

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