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A bold strategy dictated the Swedish outfits weekend in Spa-Francorchamps, in where they opted to use wet tyres on day one, while rivals gambled on the dry tyres, putting the Hansen brothers firmly on the back foot - and a fightback was necessary. Timmy progressed to the final and finished fourth, two seconds off third place.
Team Hansen MJP had high expectations heading into Silverstone but despite a strong start and Timmy Hansen claiming the top qualifiers spot on the opening day of competition. Rival Andreas Bakkerud came out swinging to claim wins in both qualifying heats on Sunday and was the driver to beat...
Could the Hansen's win in Silverstone? Yes, with a clever early joker strategy they were able to leapfrog Andreas Bakkerud after he took an early lead.
The FIA World Rallycross Championship is much more competitive than before... Team Hansen MJP has shown early pace, while Gronholm RX was nipping at their hills. After set-up work, Monster Energy RX Cartel have joined the fray.
Championship leader Timmy Hansen is aware that this season is not going to be easy, with their rivals pushing Team Hansen MJP to the checkered flag in South Africa.
"We had to put everything together to be here and I do think we have to start to work now," said Hansen. "I think at the beginning of the season everything was about being here, and just making sure that we were fast, then we were and everything worked."
"Now I think this weekend [Silverstone] we missed a bit of traction, we need a bit more grip on the gravel and Ohlins are a great partner of ours and we’ll sit down together and see what we can do for Norway because it’s time to start pushing between the events as well.”
TEXT - Junaid Samodien