The stats behind WRX's incredible title conclusion

The stats behind WRX's incredible title conclusion

The 2019 World Rallycross Championship title was decided on more than just points scored

The stats behind WRX's incredible title conclusion

In one of the most dramatic title showdowns in world championship history in any sport, Timmy Hansen became the 2019 FIA World Rallycross champion on wins countback in the South Africa season finale.

The 27-year-old Swede won the Final in four of the 10 rounds this year and made it to the final in three others. While the Team Hansen MJP driver’s stats were impressive, his title rival Andreas Bakkerud of RX Cartel was more consistent with one win and five other Final podiums.

In South Africa, Bakkerud finished second and Hansen finished fourth in the Final, with Niclas Grönholm taking victory for GRX Taneco. Gronholm, son of two-time World Rally champion Marcus, had never made the Final podium prior to this year but was as strong as the title contenders in 2019.

He missed two rounds, but still took two wins and two other podiums, and only missed the Final once. His average points haul from a weekend (23.25) was higher than all three drivers ahead of him in the standings.

Hansen’s brother Kenny was the third man in the title chase, and had a higher finishing position average than all but Gronholm and cameoing RX Sweden winner Sebastian Eriksson.

Hamilton's titular trip to America

Hamilton's titular trip to America

Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton continued his march through the F1 record books in Texas

Hamilton's titular trip to America

Lewis Hamilton made Formula 1 history by clinching his sixth world championship title at the United States Grand Prix. The Briton also racked up his 150th podium, putting him five short of Michael Schumacher’s record.

Schumacher, winner of seven titles, now has several of his records under threat. Hamilton could match or beat 10 of them by the middle of next season, including the once deemed unbeatable tally of 91 wins.

Valtteri Bottas beat Mercedes team-mate Hamilton to victory in America, and the pair could end the season with more podiums than anyone else has ever achieved in a calendar year. For Bottas, it also marked the first time he was won four races in a season.

Hamilton became only the third driver to win three titles in a row, while Mercedes took its 14th title in total and its sixth driver/constructor double in a row. In the remaining two races of 2019, it could also set a new record for the most points scored by one team in a season.

While highly unlikely, a similarly dominant end to the season could launch Williams from last to fifth in the constructors’ standings.

On This Day

Wednesday, November 13: McLaren F1 driver and European F3 champion Lando Norris leaves his teenaged years behind him today as he turns 20


Sunday, November 12: Footwork Arrows' Gianni Morbidelli finished third in the Australian Grand Prix in Adelaide, his only ever F1 podium


Monday, November 11: Porsche Formula 1 driver Maria Teresa de Filippis was born on this day. Her best result was 10th in the 1958 Belgian GP


Sunday, November 10: Former Ferrari and Jaguar driver, and 1999 Formula 1 runner-up, Eddie Irvine celebrates his 54th birthday today


Sunday, November 10: Dragon Formula E and Toyota WEC driver Brendon Hartley, who previously raced for Toro Rosso in F1, turns 30 today

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