Tuesday, 25 August 2020

Marklund impresses in Holjes with GCK Bilstein.

PHOTO CREDIT: Eric Fabre/GC Kompetition.
Anton Marklund put down a fantastic performance at the 2020 FIA World Rallycross Championship doubleheader in Holjes, leading GCK Bilstein to fifth overall in the drivers' standings.

The season kicked off at the world-famous rallycross track in Holjes, Sweden. The home ground of 27-year-old Marklund who showed off the competitive pace of the GCK Megane R.S. RX by winning all three of his qualifying races. 

In the semi-final, the Swede fought his way to fourth-place only to be promoted to the final due to a post-race penalty. Following a torrential downpour ahead of the final, the Swede raced his way to third. However, he was handed a post-race time penalty and dropped to 5th overall. 

On Sunday (round 2), Marklund had the opportunity to redeem himself after coming short of a podium finish in round one. Q1 didn't go according to plan, seeing Anton finish in 12th overall with a rear puncture, but fought back with a fourth and seventh-place finish in Q2 and Q3. 

Marklund started on the second row of the semi-final, which provided to be a heated affair. A decision to joker on the 2nd lap and some engine issues proved costly for Anton, but it didn't end there. In a battle for the final spot in the final, Timmy Hansen, Marklund, and Timur Timerzyanov were bumping and barging each other in an attempt to try and get the upper hand on a slow Andreas Bakkerud, which meant the Swede would finish round 2 of the 2020 FIA World Rallycross Championship in 7th overall.

"I’m really really happy with the weekend overall because the work that GCK and Bilstein have put in over the weekend is really paying off. We can see the pace is very good, all the way from Free Practice 2 to the very ends, so I’m really proud of all the work they’ve done," Marklund said.

"Unfortunately, we missed out on the final - the first two corners weren’t great and we lost some time, plus some engine issues had us running low on power, and then of course carnage ensued."

"The Megane is certainly carrying its battle scars today but I cannot wait to go to Finland. The pace we’ve shown this entire weekend, especially on the loose surface, is really competitive and Finland should have pretty slippery surface also, so I can’t wait to show you what we can do there."

Written By - Junaid Samodien

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