Gronholm and Sandell share qualifying spoils in Canada


04 Aug 2019

Credit: Tom Banks/Word RX Media

Niclas Gronholm took the top qualifying spot at Circuit Trois-Rivières in Canada after a thrilling final heat race.

Lining up alongside Timur Timerzyanov, Andreas Bakkerud, Timmy Hansen, and Liam Doran, Gronholm was the only driver to escape a first-lap melee, while Timerzyanov, Hansen, and Doran all came together a second time, allowing Bakkeruud to squeeze through and finish a distant second on the road to Gronholm.

Gronholm’s overall win in Q4 was his second of the weekend, and allowed him to take the top qualifier spot ahead of Bakkerud and Timerzyanov.

Guerlain Chicherit bounced back from a poor run in Q3 to end up fourth, with Janis Baumanis surviving contact with the wall in Q3 to round out the top-five.

Despite the messy Q4 race, Doran still advances with sixth overall. He finished ahead of Rokas Baciuska, Anton Marklund, and championship leader Kevin Hansen.

Timo Scheider, Cyril Raymond, and Krisztian Szabo claimed the final transfer spots.

Timmy Hansen missed the semi-finals for the first time since the season opener in Abu Dhabi, severely denting the two-time 2019 event winner’s championship hopes.

Also missing out is Guillaume De Ridder, Oliver Bennett, and Jani Paasonen.

Timmy Hansen’s championship hopes took a huge hit – Credit: Tom Banks/Word RX Media

Super Sandell tops ARX qualifying

In Americas Rallycross Subaru driver Patrik Sandell recovered from a slow Q2 to top Q3, take second in Q4, and round out qualifying in the top spot.

Q4 winner Tanner Foust and Travis PeCoy split the Subarus in second and third repectively, with championship leader Scott Speed and Chris Atkinson completing the top-five.

Despite struggling with mechanical gremlins, Steve Arpin overhauled Cabot Bigham for sixth. Bigham was fighting for his first heat win of the season in Q4 when contact left him with suspension damage which forced him to retire and put him at the bottom of the qualifying standings.

In a change to the series’ normal format, all seven ARX entries will be able to race in the final this weekend, regardless of semi-final results.

Credit: ARX Rallycross