Nonetheless, by advantage of Hansen beating Kristoffersson in a head-to-head battle in Q2, the 2019 World RX title winner sits high of the order.
Triple and defending World RX champion Kristoffersson made one of the best launch from the identical Q1 race as Hansen and led all through, defending his observe place regardless of a giant push from Hansen behind, who had taken an early joker.
Whereas the joker merge on the ultimate tour was shut, the vehicles separated by a small margin, it was even nearer in Q2. In that second encounter Kristoffersson initially led from pole place as Hansen’s Peugeot 208 was despatched sideways into the right-over-crest opening flip, making contact with each Niclas Gronholm and compatriot Peter Hedstrom, however survived to run second.
Kristoffersson made a mistake within the ultra-fast right-hander earlier than the Holjes circuit’s greatest bounce, an space of the venue that has been revised for 2021 to imply the vehicles fly larger than ever. Having misplaced floor early on, there Hansen closed by half a second, after which instantly took his joker on the second alternative.
Once more Kristoffersson stayed out till the ultimate tour, however this time round, Hansen had carried out sufficient to nibble the tenths out of his compatriot’s Audi S1, and dived up the within into the left-hander after the joker merge. Kristoffersson utilized large strain to the rear of Hansen’s 208 within the closing phases, however may discover no means via.
Timmy Hansen, 2021 WRX Sweden
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Hungarian Krisztian Szabo set the sixth greatest time in Q1 having adopted Hedstrom, making his maiden World RX begin with the ex-GRX Hyundai i20, into the joker tour, however stormed to victory within the second race of Q2 and was solely simply pipped within the standings by Hansen and Kristoffersson.
Gronholm was third after which fourth, regardless of a poor begin in his Q1 race, and is third general on the finish of day one, simply forward of team-mate Szabo and Enzo Ide.
Spherical one winner Kevin Hansen twice lucked out within the first nook scrums and was fourth after which ninth to finish the day sixth general, two locations forward of Kevin Abbring, the previous works WRC driver setting the quickest lap instances of Q1 however solely after he’d been spun within the joker lap after contact with Ide. The Dutchman then bought caught in visitors in Q2.
Sweden WRX – Qualifying Outcomes