Timmy Hansen claims FIA World Rallycross Championship victory at Silverstone

The FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy made an emphatic mark at Silverstone this past weekend, with the Dayinsure World RX of Great Britain headlining the hugely popular SpeedMachine Festival.

As has been the case in previous years, the British Automobile Racing Club played its part in the event as it appointed marshals and officials, as well as ensuring the meeting ran as smoothly as possible.

In what proved to be a pulsating two days of adrenaline-fuelled sideways thrills and spills, Timmy Hanse came to the fore to claim victory in a gripping final ahead of Andreas Bakkerud and Anton Marklund.

Having emerged as the man to beat across the weekend’s four qualifying heats, Hansen was in fine form as he made his way through the semi-finals. The Team Hansen MJP Peugeot 208 driver then became embroiled in a titanic battle with Bakkerud before coming out on top.

Virtue of his success on British soil, Hansen became the first double winner of the current season and moved to the summit of the championship standings after his brother, Kevin Hansen, found himself in strife during his own semi-final.

“Today Andreas (Bakkerud) found some more pace and he was able to win both qualifying sessions,” Hansen said. “In the final, he had about a half a car better launch than me, it was tight going in to the first corner.

“Coming out second I knew I had to stay super close. I was absolutely on his bumper just before my joker lap which was a perfect lap.

“I kept on pushing, he went in to the joker a lap later, and when we merged I saw that I had a bit more speed and seeing him behind as we hit the finish line was a great feeling. I definitely had to work very hard to day to get this result.”

British fans would see Liam Doran make the final but the Audi driver was unable to make an impression whilst Oliver Bennett provided plenty to cheer about as he made his first FIA World RX semi-final in his Mini.

Elsewhere, Mark Higgins made his first rallycross appearance since winning the British title late last year to star with Albatec Racing.

Aside from the FIA World Rallycross Championship there was also action from the RX2 Series and FIA European Rallycross Championship, won by Oliver Ericsson and Robin Larsson respectively.

Alongside the edge-of-the-seat rallycross entertainment, SpeedMachine Festival also played host to plenty of high-speed demonstrations from a variety of disciplines including the MV Commercial BTRA Championship.

Live music, street food and car displays were also encompassed throughout the weekend, making it an event to remember at the home of British motorsport.

FIA World Rallycross Championship heads to UK shores to tackle Silverstone

The FIA World Rallycross Championship descends on UK soil this weekend (May 25/26) as Silverstone plays host to the Dayinsure World Rallycross of Great Britain – the headline act of the SpeedMachine Festival.

Marking the fourth stop on the calendar for the adrenaline-fuelled series, the battle for supremacy across both the loose and tarmac surfaces is set to have fans on the edge of their seats.

Kevin Hansen enters the weekend as the man to beat, leading his brother Timmy by 11 points in the overall standings. The Peugeot 208 scored victory at Abu Dhabi and Barcelona respectively to kick off the campaign and have proven to be the cars to beat thus far.

Last time out at Belgium however saw Timur Timerzyanov powered his way to a maiden victory and with it, leap into third place in the standings. With the top three having all triumphed, a fourth different winner could be on the cards at Silverstone.

Janis Baumanis, Andreas Bakkerud and Niclas Gronholm round out the top six overall and will be one’s to watch as they bid to join the ever-growing list of event winners in 2019.

British fans will have plenty of home heroes to cheer on too in the shape of Monster Energy RX Cartel driver Liam Doran and Oliver Bennett. Joining Doran and Bennett in a bid to feed off the home support will be 2018 British Rallycross champion Mark Higgins and current BRX series leader Derek Tohill.

Alongside the rapid fire Supercars will be action from both the RX2 and European Championship’s too.

Whilst the FIA World Rallycross Championship will take centre stage at the Northamptonshire venue, the SpeedMachine Festival is set to offer those in attendance much more than just racing over the course of the weekend.

Manufacturer passenger laps will take place around the circuit whilst there will also be demonstrations from the MV Commercial BTRA Championship, Retro Rallycross Championship, Monster Energy Drift, Top Methanol Dragsters and more.

ROKIT Williams Racing Formula 1 team will also be on hand to give fans a unique pit garage experience too, further adding the spectacle.

In addition, the family fun area, trade stands and street food stalls will all sit in the shadows of the main stage which will see live music performed by Sean Paul, Jax Jones, Faithless, Artful Dodger and several more.

To find out more information on the FIA World Rallycross Championship’s annual visit to the UK and about the SpeedMachine Festival, click here.