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The Swede had a tricky first day in Hell after being stuck in traffic and would finish in fifth place overnight - but things would turn around in Qualifying 3 on Sunday when he set the fastest time to win the session. He put in another strong performance in Qualifying 4 and finished second securing a place in Semi-Final 2.
After a dry weekend in Hell, a sudden downpour arrived and what was a dry track turned into a muddy swamp.
With low grip on the front row of the grid, Hansen bogged off the line and dropped to last. He needed to dig deep to claim a place in the finals, but it was not to be as younger brother Kevin emerged just ahead of Timmy from a late joker lap to claim the third place.
“Though the Semi-Final didn’t go our way, we scored some good points this weekend," he said. "We had a strong qualifying and that built a good foundation in terms of points. We kept ourselves in a good position before the rain came."
Hansen admits that it was a guessing game choosing the right setting for the launch in the Semi-Finals.
“The rain before the Finals was a big shock and turned everything upside down," the Swede said. "That meant we had to guess a few things and so we didn’t choose the right settings for the launch."
"I had a poor start and tried everything I could to get past, but couldn’t find a gap."
The Swede relishes the fact that they had a real challenge in Norway.
“Having Niclas (Gronholm) back for this weekend was good to see, even if he beat us this time! It was nice to have a really good challenge through the weekend," he said.
Despite being beaten by Gronholm, Hansen believes that the result would have been different had the rain not arrived.
"If it had stayed dry we could have had a real battle on our hands," he adds. "It was just not my turn. I did my best, but it was not my day.”
TEXT - Junaid Samodien