Real-axle shaft sticking out from one of the rear wheels and a driver error: both of the Qualifying Races on Sunday went wrong for the rookie of the FIA World Rallycross Championship. Because of these Krisztián didn’t get into the Semi-Finals this time and left Sweden with a 17th place which sadly meant zero points added to his name in the standings.
The “Magic weekend” in Höljes won’t be a great memory for EKS’ driver Krisztián Szabó, The Hungarian driver was 15th overnight in the 25-driver field, so he needed to improve positions in order to move up to the TOP 12 and participate in the Semi-Finals. However the chances of the Audi driver reduced to minimal due to a mechanical failure in Q3.
photo: Qba Nitka
“In one of the corners the real-axle shaft just simply broke, I didn’t even have a contact before. From then on the car was undriveable, a part of the real-axle shaft was even sticking out from the middle of one of the rear wheels. After that in Q4 I needed to put all my eggs in one basket, I pushed as hard as I could. I made a mistake at the exit of the Joker and the back of the car touched the wall, I lost it and crashed” – spoke about his unfortunate weekend the two-time European Rallycross Champion.
“This weekend everything what shouldn’t have happened had happened: in Q2 the wet track, then the mechanical failure and my own mistake. The most annoying one was the broken rear-axle shaft, I lost a lot of time because of that. It was a huge bad luck, especially that in the Semi-Finals Bakkerud retired with the same problem. Obviously in Q4 it was my own mistake, but it’s not that annoying, because again it was on a drying track and even if I finish the race with a good time I wouldn’t have got into the Semi-Finals. I can’t do anything about what happened in Q2 and Q3. If I get stuck behind somebody or I make a bad start it’s my mistake, but I can’t do much if the track is drying, the weather conditions are changing or the rear-axle shaft breaks. But rallycross is like this, if once you get into either a good or a bad situation you usually stay in it for the whole weekend. I hope that next time Canada will be a better one!”
Result of the World RX of Sweden: 1. Sebastian Eriksson (SWE, Ford Fiesta); 2. Kevin Hansen (SWE, Peugeot 208); 3. Reinis Nitiss (LVA, Hyundai i20); 4. Kevin Abbring (NED, Skoda Fabia);… 17. Krisztián Szabó (HUN, Audi S1).
Standings of the 2019 FIA World Rallycross Championship after 6 rounds of 10: 1. Kevin Hansen (SWE, Peugeot 208) 131 pts; 2. Timmy Hansen (SWE, Peugeot 208) 125 pts; 3. Andreas Bakkerud (NOR, Audi S1) 109 pts; 4. Niclas Grönholm (FIN, Hyundai i20) 96 pts; … 10. Krisztián Szabó (HUN, Audi S1) 55 pts.
Krisztián’s results: Q1: 8th. Q2: 15th. Q3: 22nd. Q4: 21st. INT: 17th.
Next round: Trois-Rivières, Canada, 3-4th August