Sat, 29/09/2018 - 15:30
WRX Round #10 – Austin, Texas 29-30.10
While the latest round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship takes place this weekend in Austin, Texas, Timmy Hansen looks back at his earlier success in the United States – only last weekend – when he claimed the gold medal at the Nitro World Games RX competition in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Most top-class athletes benefit from intense training camps before a big encounter – with a ‘friendly’ match being the best preparation before the action gets serious. Motorsport is no exception – and Team PEUGEOT Total driver Timmy Hansen enjoyed a perfect start to his American adventure by winning the Nitro World Games rallycross race at the Utah Motorsport Campus last Sunday, September 23rd.
Salt Lake City, which is usually well-known for its famous salt flats that have hosted many land speed record attempts, was instead the place to be for action sports and motorsport lovers last weekend, thanks to a unique event – similar to the X-Games – designed by none other than extreme sports guru Travis Pastrana and backed by Red Bull. Among the many stunts that the American athlete has pulled off throughout his adrenaline-fuelled career is jumping out of a plane without a parachute, so it was no surprise for the competitors to discover that the most striking feature of the rapid 1.6-kilometre Nitro World Games RX circuit, with a top speed of 188kph, was none other than a 30-metre long ‘gap jump’ with a maximum height of 8 metres.It’s a hell track for cars,” was how Pastrana described his unique creation for the Nitro World Games. ‘’With a big gravel section for more sliding, flat-out straights, lots of different tracks, banked corners and multiple joker laps, it’s like no other circuit out there.”
Timmy said it was “amazing fun, like a video game” during an astonishing racing weekend in which he claimed his 1st win of the season, against tough international opposition that included some of the world’s leading RX stars and world championship contenders. The Swede drove a PEUGEOT 208 WRX, which propelled him straight into a strong lead that he was never to lose throughout the weekend.
However, he nearly tasted personal disaster right at the start of the 6-lap final after starting from pole, when he was pushed back and sent into the tyre barriers after most of the field came together at the 1st corner. Timmy kept fighting hard despite thick dust and made a rapid comeback. Taking his joker on lap 3 turned out to be an inspired decision that helped him seal the victory with a margin of almost 3 seconds. Of the 8 cars that took the start, only 4 made the finish, which proves once again the reliability of the PEUGEOT 208 WRX. “To become the very 1st winner of this inaugural event, in front of so many American fans, felt really special,” said Timmy. “I think the team did a great job and managed to perfectly adapt the 208 WRX to this very special track. You needed to believe in yourself 100%, but the car gave me the confidence to push hard. And taking the big jump was unforgettable. Coming into the World RX weekend in Austin with a win under our belts already was the perfect start to our USA trip – now I just want to win again!”
The Circuit of the Americas race is actually Timmy’s 3rd competition weekend on the trot, with a non-stop sequence that started in Latvia and will end in Texas. “The best way to prepare for any race is just to have more time in the car: there’s no substitute,” concluded Timmy. “So I think the Nitro Games was the best possible preparation for what will hopefully be a great weekend in Austin.”

1.         Hansen Timmy          - 06:49.69
2.         Ekström Mattias         - 06:52.16
3.         Foust Tanner               - 06:56.25
4.         Arpin Steve                 - 07:32.70
DNF.   Sandell Patrik             – 5 laps in 06:15.83
DNF.   Atkinson Chris            – 4 laps in 07:04.70
DNF.   Speed Scott                – 1 lap in 2:10.72
DNF.   Pastrana Travis          – out at the start

RX AUSTIN - SCHEDULE OF THE WEEK-END (local times, Paris – 7hrs)
 Saturday 29 September
·     09:20 – Free practice 1
·     10:05 – Free practice 2
·     11:55 - Quali 1 (18:55 CEST)
·     14:25 - Quali 2 (21:25 CEST)
Sunday 30 September
·     08:50 - Warm-up
·     09:55 - Quali 3 (16:55 CEST)
·     15:03 - Semi-finals (22:03 CEST)
·     15:37 – Final (22:37 CEST)


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