There was nothing but maximum attack in Pontus Tidemand’s plan for the French round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship this weekend. After an opening day that he describes as the best one in his World RX journey so far, semi-final and final was a fact. The podium was within reach when Pontus caught a puncture in the middle of the ongoing final battle. He finished fifth – and thereby beat his previous best World RX result.
Pontus came to the eighth round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship in Loheac with confidence and a good feeling about the weekend. There was no doubt that the goal was to offer the competitors a proper fight, something that he incorporated from start. Already in the first of the four qualifying heats, he was second fastest overall and followed it up in the best possible manner with times that put him in third place for the Sunday finals. In the semi-final, he impressed big by quickly taking the lead, holding onto it through all six laps and be the first one to cross the finish line.
In the final, Pontus gave his all, but when he suffered a puncture, there was not much he could do. He ended up fifth overall, but was also rewarded with the Monster Energy Supercharge Award for being fastest to reach the first corner in the Supercar final.
“I have had my best weekend in the World RX so far, both when it comes to the feeling and the top five result” says Pontus. “It is obviously disappointing to be so close when bad luck strikes, but this is rallycross and anything can happen during a race. Apart from the puncture, everything has been running perfectly with the car and the team and I was able to be among the three fastest all through the qualifying heats and also win a semi-final.”
Now awaits a short but well deserved recharge for Pontus and EKS before it is time for the next round of the World RX series, which takes place at Estering in Germany in two weeks’ time.