Fourth place in world championship after Abu Dhabi season opener
Timo Scheider progressed comfortably through to the final round in the season opener of the FIA World Rallycross Championship at Abu Dhabi. Only a technical problem prevented his first podium of the new season.
Timo Scheider comfortably made it through to the final segment of the FIA World Rallycross Championship as its new season got under way in Abu Dhabi. However, he was hit by a technical problem while lying in third place and had to settle for P6 in the end. After competing in only a small number of WRX races last year, he is contesting a full season again in 2019. Things went really well for him until the finale. Driving his SEAT Ibiza, he turned in a fantastic performance for All-Inkl.com Münnich-Motorsport, especially in Q4 and fought his way into the final round as runner-up in his heat. Overall, he burned the third-fastest time into the asphalt.
As a result, he expected to do really well in the finale. It looked like he was all set to have a good race. Grönholm and Hansen fought hard for the lead out in front while Scheider lay directly behind them, waiting for the chance to exploit a mistake by the leading pair of drivers.
However, Lap 4 decided the race for the two out in front and for Scheider. There was a minor collision that benefited Finnish driver Grönholm, enabling him to take the lead which he did not relinquish.
Timo Scheider’s race finished badly for him as he suddenly became slower and slower at the end of the fourth lap. His SEAT Ibiza was suffering from a technical problem, which is why he finished sixth. Nevertheless, this was a very successful start to his season. He made it through to the final round and is currently fourth in the world championship classification.