Toomas Heikkinen and Kevin Hansen reigned supreme to share the spoils at Lydden Hill this past weekend (July 27/28) as TitansRX made a memorable maiden visit to Great Britain.
In what was the first international rallycross event to be staged at the Kent-based venue since the FIA World Rallycross Championship last visited in 2017, Lydden Hill welcomed a bumper crowd to witness two action-packed days of sideways thrills and spills.
As has been the case with a raft of global events down the years, the British Automobile Racing Club undertook an organisational role for the event, ensuring that marshals and officials were appointed, as well as the smooth-running of the two-day spectacle.
Boasting an ultra-competitive entry list, all of which were in Pantera RX6s that had been developed by MJP Racing, TitansRX arrived at Lydden Hill coming off the back of a pulsating 2019 curtain-raiser in France.
Saturday would see Heikkinen triumph for the second time this season as he powered his way to victory in the final for round three. Mastering the torrential conditions, Heikkinen took the lead off the start and was then never headed as he took the chequered flag by more than two seconds.
FIA World Rallycross stars and brothers Timmy Hansen and Kevin Hansen finished second and third respectively, the latter after coming out on top of a frenetic battle with wildcard home hero Oliver Webb.
Fellow wildcard driver and former British Rallycross champion Dan Rooke was fifth Tamara Molinaro rounded out the classification in sixth.
Nelson Piquet Jnr had dominated much of the day but a crash in his semi-final forced him out of contention whilst contact for Abbie Eaton also saw her chances of advancing halted on the spot.
There was to be frustration for 2013 BTCC champion Andrew Jordan as he failed to make the grid for his semi-final. Jordan fortunately would bounce back in sensational style on day two of the event.
Kevin Hansen put on a masterful performance to claim his maiden win in TitansRX on the Sunday of the event, taking the lead in the overall standings at the same time.
Coming off the back of winning his semi-final, Hansen led every lap of the final to comfortably beat his brother Timmy. Whilst Kevin enjoyed a relatively trouble-free run, Timmy found himself in the thick of the action as he came under pressure from Heikkinen, Jordan and Ronny C’Rock.
With an even spread between the quartet, the final lap of the race proved pivotal as Heikkinen and Hansen went wheel-to-wheel for second and third. Contact between the pair handed Hansen the advantage whilst Heikkinen lost out to an opportunistic Jordan who snuck past to clinch third place.
Alongside the TitansRX centrepiece was support race action from the Toyo Tires Motorsport UK British Rallycross Championship, Retro Rallycross and Swift Sport Rallycross.