First transverse win. All Citroën top four. First wins for Larsson and Linnemann
Timur Timerzyanov won the third round of the European Rallycross Championship at the PS Racing Center in Austria. The third different event winner of the year, Timerzyanov started second in the A final, and grabbed the lead when pole starter and race leader Davy Jeanney went into the Joker Lap section in the first lap. “My start was quite good and when Jeanney went into the Joker Lap I knew that was my chance so then I decided to stay out,” said Timerzyanov who was chased throughout by Hansen Motorsport team mate Alexander Hvaal.
Jeanney led but lost out to Timerzyanov. © Tim Whittington/RallycrossWorld.com
Jeanney’s gamble on an early Joker Lap did not pay off, and when the lead pair took the Joker late in the race, they rejoined still ahead of Jeanney and Liam Doran, the latter having also gone to the Joker in the first lap after being forced wide in the first and second corners.
Peter Ramler won the B final and made his way up to fifth place, helped in part by the troubles that befell others. Second in the B final, Michael De Keersmaecker went off in the first lap. Peter Hedström retired in the fourth, a puncture on his Skoda eventually provoking a spin. The race had been reduced to seven starters when Jos Kuypers made a jump start and was removed from the grid.
Timerzyanov’s win is the first in the ERC for a ‘new breed’ transverse car and the Russian led home an all Citroën top four.
The Super1600 win was taken by Ulrik Linnemann, the Danish driver a popular winner even among his rivals. “I can’t believe that I am here. From fifth on the grid I just hoped to get a finish and after I did my Joker Lap I thought third might be possible but when I saw Andreas Bakkerud (who had led from the start), go into the Joker Lap I knew that I had the chance to win. I’ve waited four years for this, it feels great!” he said. Bakkerud finished second with Ildar Rakhmatullin third.
There was a dream debut for TouringCar newcomer Robin Larsson who ran second in the A final but was gifted the win when leader Derek Tohill spun while taking his turn in the Joker Lap late in the race. Anton Marklund ran a conservative race in third place, and stepped up to take second after Tohill slumped to fifth, Roman Castoral also gaining ground and completing the top three.