European Rallycross Championship - Round 3 - Greinbach ( Austria)
For the third round of the European Rallycross Championship, the drivers travelled to Greinbach in Austria. There were two questions. One question for each Division. Would Kenneth Hansen continue his domination in Division 1 and would De Keersmaecker do the same in Division 2 ? This were the questions on Saturday morning while it was hot with temparatures of 30 degrees Celsius. The answers came Sunday evening after a slippery race, started on a wet track !
No third victory in a row for the Belgian driver Michael De Keersmaecker. The Honda Civic of the Belgian had some much horse power that he couldn't bring over that power on the track in the slippery conditions. Due to that, De Keersmaecker had to start in fifth position. He could move up one place and finished in fourth position. After three rounds De Keersmaecker stays ahead in the Championship in Division 2.
Defendig European Rallycross Champion Jussi Pinomaki battled hard for the victory in the final. It was a duel between Marcus Nilsson and Jussi Pinomaki. In the final lap Pinomaki suffered technical problems ( A- arm / suspension ) and he had to stop. Nilsson won his first race of the year.
<pre> Division 2
Pos Name Coun Car Points 1 Nilsson Marcus S Peugeot 206 20 2 Castoral Roman CZ Opel Astra OPC 17 3 Farsbo Jimmy S Peugeot 306 GTI 15 4 De Keersmaecker Michael B Honda Civic R 13 5 Sorensen Mads Leth DK Peugeot 206 GTI 12 6 Pinomaki Jussi Fin Renault Clio Sport 11 7 Kotek Tomas CZ Renault Clio 10 8 Slastad Tommy N Opel Astra 9 9 Tyszkiewicz Piotr PL Astra OPC 8 10 Vyborny Otakar CZ Peugeot 306 7 11 Snoeijers Marcel NL Renault Clio RS 6 12 Freinberger Peter A Renault Megane 5 13 For ster Richard A VW Golf GTI 4 14 Papst Christoph A Renault Clio RS 3 15 Jensen Ronny DK Opel Astra 2 16 Riegler Christian A Citroen ZX 16V 1
Standings after Round 3 1. De Keersmaecker Michael 53 points 2. Nilsson Marcus 46 points 3. Pinomaki Jussi 40 points 4. Castoral Roman 37 points 5. Tyszkiewicz Piotr 25 points
</pre> Nothing special to mention in Divison 1 ... The Michael Schumacher of the Rallycross, Kenneth Hansen, keeps dominating Division 1. Hansen won two heats out of three (first and third), the second heat was won by Lars Larsson. Larsson was the only driver this weekend who was more or less able to follow the rhytm of Kenneth Hansen. Koen Pauwels rolled his car in the heats and had to retire. Same bad luck for Jernberg who rolled his Focus in the heats, but he could continue and made it to the A final.
Kenneth Hansen started in pole position in the A-final. He did a perfect start and could take the lead into the first corner while Lars Larsson and Michael Jernberg were fighting hard for second place. It was Larsson who was the strongest of the two and could start chasing the leading Hansen. Once in control Kenneth had a steady ride to the finish line where he finished in sixth position after he started in third position. Michael Jernberg lost third place to the Norwegian driver Sverre Isachsen. Guttorm Lindefjell followed on fourth place and Morten Bermingrud fifth. Michael Jernberg retired with broken gearbox.
"I felt confident all weekend. I quickly found a good set-up on the car and then it was up to me to do something good of it " said Kenneth Hansen after the race.
For Hansen it is his third victory in a row. Naturally Hansen stays in the lead after three rounds of the European Rallycross Championship 2005.
Pos Name Coun Car Points 1 Hansen Kenneth S Citroen Xsara 20 2 Larsson Lars S Skoda Fabia 17 3 Isachsen Sverre N Ford Focus 15 4 Lindefjell Guttorm N Ford Focus 13 5 Bermingrud Morten N Citroen Xsara 12 6 Jernberg Michael S Ford Focus 11 7 Eklund Per S Saab 9-3 T16 10 8 Salzgeber Willy A Ford Focus 9 9 Mrvka Jacub CZ Ford Focus WRC 8 10 Lindqvist K.G. S Volvo S40 7 11 Spitaler Franz A BMW M3 6 12 Kotan Peter H Ford Focus 5 13 Hindler Franz A VW Golf III 16V 4 14 Schuster Edy A Mitsubischi Evo 6 3 15 Fodor Gyorgy H Toyota Carina T4 2
Standings after Round 3 1. Kenneth Hansen 60 points 2. Isachsen Sverre 45 points 3. Jernberg Michael 41 points 4. Bermingrud Morten 40 points 5. Larsson Lars 34 points
The next round of the European Rallycross Championship 2005 is next weekend in Sosnova (Czech Republic).