The Russian is on course for back-to-back Euro RX titles but isn’t getting carried away just yet.
Time is running out for the others to prevent Timur Timerzyanov becoming European Rallycross Champion for the second year in a row and this weekend he could clinch the title on the track that gave him his first win the championship.
It was at Austria’s Greinbach circuit that he achieved the first of six A final wins en route to his 2012 title – this time it hosts the season’s penultimate round but Timur is yet to achieve a victory in 2013.
He believes, though, he should have opened his account in France two weeks ago and wastes no time in pointing the finger at the driver he feels cost him his chance.
“Tanner Foust was too aggressive for me. It’s every time I race him – earlier in the season, in the X Games and again at Loheac.
“Twice in the final he pushed me when it wasn’t necessary and in the end I had enough and decided I will give it back and he went off. Every time he thinks he is correct but he is not on my pace and this happens. It’s not my style and it’s not so sporting, but if he will not respect the driver then I will not respect him.
“OK I came out of the weekend with a bigger lead at the top but still I wasn’t so happy. I had been fastest in the practice sessions and had driven my heats very well. I felt I could win it, but the final was completely shit with Tanner – I had damage to one of my wheels and this affected the car’s speed.”
It’s essentially a four-way fight for the title now heading into the final two rounds in Austria and Germany. Timur’s lead over nearest rival, his Hansen Motorsport team-mate Timmy Hansen, has extended – 143 plays 128 – with Davy Jeanney and Andreas Bakkerud not much further back.
“OK, maybe I have a bit more of a gap to Timmy but he had a car problem in France and now Bakkerud is quite fast. He was again in first position in France after winning in Sweden and close to taking maximum points. He is catching and getting closer to the front. Davy is also stable. Anything can happen. It can go up and down.”
Timur’s experiences of Greinbach and Germany’s Estering circuit which hosts the title-decider just a week later couldn’t be more different.
“Greinbach is quite different because it left-cornered. Last year there I had my first win so it’s nice to go back – it would be nice if finally that first win can come this weekend.
“By the time we got to Germany last year I was already the champion and I I don’t understand anything that happened to me there. Everybody wanted to touch or crash into me. I think I broke more panels on my cars than the rest of the year put together. It was like I had a target on every side of my car and it felt like I was watching the races like a spectator.
“But if it’s the same this year then perhaps I don’t mind too much – it means I am already champion in Austria…”