Double or Quits for the PEUGEOT 208 WRXs in Argentina
The final round of the 2016 FIA World Rallycross Championship in Rosario, Argentina, is poised to settle the battle for this year’s Teams’ title. Sébastien Loeb and Timmy Hansen, who have clocked up two victories for Team Peugeot Hansen so far, will do everything in their power to conclude the campaign in style and attempt to defend the squad’s 2015 crown.
With a gap of 17 points to bridge, Team Peugeot Hansen has absolutely no intention of giving up its bid to defend its 2015 Teams’ crown, even though the outcome is not entirely in its hands. Its drivers Sébastien Loeb and Timmy Hansen will use their skill and the potential of the powerful PEUGEOT 208 WRX to reverse the positions at the top of the provisional Teams’ points table.
“I know Argentina quite well," said Loeb, "after competing in the country on numerous previous occasions in the World Rally Championship, as well as on the Dakar for the first time back in January. I love the passion the people here have for motorsport. I hope the spectators will be just as vociferous at the rallycross meeting in Rosario. We still have a chance of winning the Teams’ title. It won’t be easy but I’ve seen for myself several times already that anything can happen in rallycross. We will keep fighting until the very end!”
Rosario has already been the scene of success for Peugeot this year since it was at the foot of its National Monument to the Flag landmark that Stéphane Peterhansel celebrated victory at the end of last January’s Dakar in the PEUGEOT 2008 DKR. This time, it is the PEUGEOT 208 WRX that will be looking to make the headlines in Argentina’s third-biggest city! Last but not least, we bring fans the last episode of 2016 of our WorldRX Inside web series which follows Timmy Hansen during a typical race weekend. To watch it, click here: https://youtu.be/UwZbD_Qpxdw?list=PLao52gUyduud5E-gDTUjjW-zycWQkIOep
Hansen gave his thoughts on the Rosario track. "Competing in Argentina is always very special. Last year’s track was very interesting in spite of the dust which caused several problems. I hope the organizers have taken steps to cure that this time. Apart from this detail, I like the track layout and I think it’s where I was at my fastest last season. The 2016-spec PEUGEOT 208 RX is faster than the 2015 car so I’m hoping for a top result to help the team win the Teams’ title for the second year running.”