FIA WORLD RALLYCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
RD4: KOUVOLA RX - FINLAND
GCK BILSTEIN FIGHT AGAINST THE ELEMENTS AT FINLAND RX
The changed track conditions following rain overnight for round 4 of the FIA World Rallycross Championship, and the 2nd day of the doubleheader race weekend in Finland, certainly didn’t affect the pace of the GCK Megane R.S. RX as GCK Bilstein driver Anton Marklund comfortably put down the fastest time in the morning’s warm up. However, things changed as racing conditions saw the Megane lose traction off the start line, with Marklund fighting his way back into the semi-final to finish the race day in 12th.
Throughout the day and quickly changing conditions, oftentimes differing from race to race in each qualifier, Marklund struggled with grip, resulting in him finishing his first and 2nd qualifier in 5th and moving from 10th to 12th overall.
With more rainfall ahead of the last qualifier and despite a devolving track, Marklund pushed his way to finish his race in 4th following contact at the start, securing him a p11 overall and a spot in the semi-final.
The semi-final saw plenty of race action with a lot of contact through corner one, however, the weather conditions didn’t just result in slippery surfaces but also a lot of mud; Thick enough to break the Megane’s windscreen wipers following the jump with Marklund racing the remaining laps blindly with help of his spotter to finish in 6th and 12th overall.
Q1 P10 / Q2 P10 / Q3 P11
“The speed we showed throughout the warm-up today was really promising for the rest of the day - the car was working really well and we were the quickest on the track. Unfortunately, we lost some pace and definitely lost capacity off the start line due to lack of grip. We need to do a thorough analysis now to understand why the speed differed so much to this morning’s, so a lot of work ahead. We bring the great pace we’ve shown with us and just have to learn from the challenges to come back better in Riga. It’s disappointing for me to not be able to bring the best results back to the team as the mechanics have worked super hard over the last couple of weeks to get us out on the track every time no matter the challenges and tight turnaround time.”, Anton commented.
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