Timmy Hansen keeps title hopes alive with round nine victory

Timmy Hansen earned his second win in as many rounds by leading from lights-to-flag in the round nine final at Nyirad in Hungary.

The Swede headed home title rivals Topi Heikkinen and Timmy Hansen, who rallied from the back of the grid to maintain his record of being the only driver to finish on the podium in every single race this season.

With a heavy downpour taking place just before the final, grip was limited at the start. Nevertheless, all six drivers on the grid got away fairly equally, with Kevin Hansen passing Tamara Molinaro going into turn one.

At the front semi-final 2 winner ‚CsuCsu‘ pressured Timmy Hansen into the first turn and was looking stronger early on in the wet conditions. However, contact in turn two ended up resulting in race-ending suspension damage, ending any home of a home victory for the popular Hungarian driver.

From then on Timmy Hansen was untroubled at the front, but the battle for second was very much on, with Jerome Grosset-Janin leading Heikkinen.

On the third lap of the race Heikkinen found a way past the Frenchman, with Grosset-Janin now in Kevin Hansen’s sights as the Swede continued his fightback from a lowly grid position.

The kept eachother honest over the next two laps, with Kevin Hansen holding the upper hand in the tight and twisty parts of the track, while Grosset-Janin at an advantage on the more open parts of the course.

On the penultimate lap Kevin Hansen made contact with Grosset-Janin’s bumper multiple times, eventually finding his way past in the final complex of corners.

Kevin Hansen then gapped Grosset-Janin rapidly, and finished a comfortable third behind race winner Timmy Hansen and Heikkinen, despite a small fire developing in his Pantera RX6 on the last lap.

Grosset-Janin slowed considerably on the final lap due to visibility issues, but was able to hold on to fourth, ahead of Molinaro.

Ahead of the final, Reini Sampl, Abbie Eaton, and Ramona Karlsson all missed out from the first semi-final, which was won by ‚CsuCsu‘ who opted to use wet tyres in the mixed conditions. He made light work of Heikkinen and Kevin Hansen, both of which opted to race on dry tyres.

in the second semi-final, with lessons learned from the first, every driver opted for wet tyres. Timmy Hansen won from Grosset-Janin, with Molinaro holding off Andreas Steffen for the final transfer spot. Local wildcard Tamas Turi was eliminated along with Perry McCarthy who failed to finish the race following heavy contact with a barrier in the dirt section which brought out a red flag.

 

 

TitansRX round nine final results

1. Timmy Hansen 05:59.349
2. Topi Heikkinen 06:00.814
3. Kevin Hansen 06:11.513
4. Jerome Grosset-Janin 06:18.959
5. Tamara Molinaro 06:22.957
6. ‚CsuCsu‘ DNF

 

TitansRX series standings (top 15)

1. Kevin Hansen 198
2. Topi Heikkinen 195
3. Timmy Hansen 192
4. Tamara Molinaro 103
5. Jerome Grosset-Janin 103
6. Craig Breen 84
7. ‚CsuCsu‘
8. Ronny C’Rock 80
9. Andrew Jordan 67
10. Andreas Steffen 59
11. Hayden Paddon 58
12. Oliver Webb 52
13. Reini Sampl 41
14. Perry McCarthy 28
15. Abbie Eaton 28

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