WRX at Lydden Hill cancelled after paddock fire, Loeb season ended
After a fire in the paddock on Friday, in which fortunately no one was hurt, the World Rallycross Championship has cancelled both race days of its top category RX1e at Lydden Hill (Great Britain). The fire started in the garage of Special ONE Racing - the team of Guerlain Chicherit and Sebastien Loeb - and destroyed all of the team's equipment, including its vehicles. The team is tragically forced to end its season prematurely.
At 8:45 a.m. on Friday, Sebastien Loeb's vehicle had initially caught fire. Subsequently, the fire spread across the team's garage. Loeb's Lancia Delta Evo-e had been charging for several minutes, the team wrote on Instagram. Tampering by team members or partners could be ruled out as the cause of the fire, the team added.
"Without our cars and most of our tools, we can not participate in the last four rounds of the World Rallycross Championship," the team continues. While the weekend's WRX rounds were canceled in order to clarify the cause of the fire and examine safety aspects, the RX2e carried out its race weekend as planned. However, the sessions on Saturday were not broadcast.
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Rookie Tommi Hallmann had traveled to England in exhilarating form and won all the sessions he contested - with the exception of the fourth heat. In the final, he put in a commanding performance against Viktor Vranckx and clearly edged out the defending champion.Third place went to Ole Henry Steinsholt, who was once again on the podium at Lydden Hill after his victory in Höljes. Vranckx travels to Belgium with a championship lead over Swedes Andersson and Sjökvist, who both struggled with broken axles.The rounds in Mettet are scheduled for August 5 and 6.
|1||Tommi Hallmann||SET Promotion||3:51.917 min|
|2||Victor Vranckx||VMV Racing||+0.629 s|
|3||Ole Henry Steinsholt||Ole Henry Steinsholt||+3.503 s|
|4||Pablo Suarez||Zeroid Motorsport||+15.008 s|
|5||Nils Andersson||Kristoffersson Motorsport||+38.584 s|
|6||Roberts Vitols||Special One Racing||+4 laps|