18 Aug 2019
Kevin Hansen won the final of the second annual Nitro Rallycross event in Utah, beating Patrik Sandell and 2018 event winner Timmy Hansen in what was an all-Swedish podium.
The World Rallycross and TitansRX points leader made a perfect getaway from the front row of the grid to lead polesitter Sandell into the first corner, and he never once relinquished the lead from there.
Sandell got close to Hansen on two occasions – mid-way through the six-lap contest, and towards the end, where he resisted a challenge from Timmy Hansen, then mounted an unsuccessful last-lap push for the win.
Timmy Hansen survived a poor start and early contact with Tanner Foust twice to power through the field. Both drivers opted for the track’s slower table-top route on the opening lap, dropping them back, but once everyone else had taken the mandatory route – and once he had started to pull away from Foust – Timmy Hansen began to feature much more in the podium fight.
Foust eventually finished fourth, a distant four seconds behind Timmy Hansen, with Travis Pastrana dropping out of the podium positions late-on due to a mechanical issue. Pastrana, who made his way into the final by winning his ‘Challenger’ round race, had been battling Block for the final top-tree spot
Block faced his own fair share of bad luck too. He finished the race in sixth and last place despite holding third place at the midway point in the race.
The some-time World Rally competitor’s podium challenge unwound after a puncture, which was the result of contact on the opening lap with a tyre barrier after he had a close battle with Timmy Hansen and Foust as the three entered the tabletop lap.