TEAM PEUGEOT HANSEN READY TO TAKE ON CHALLENGE OF HOCKENHEIM'S 'STADIUM'
After Team Peugeot Hansen’s second place at Montalegre, Portugal, two weeks ago, Sébastien Loeb and Timmy Hansen are looking forward to entertaining the expected 75, 000 spectators packed into the Stadium section of Germany’s Hockenheimring, home of Round 3 of the 2017 FIA World Rallycross Championship.
“I’ve got plenty of good memories of Hockenheim," said Timmy Hansen, "it’s where I scored my first win when I used to race single-seaters in Formula BMW. Last year, the team performed a miracle there by enabling me to take part in the fourth qualifying heat after my car caught fire in Q3.”
The increasingly popular FIA World Rallycross Championship shares the bill at Hockenheim with Germany’s crowd-pulling DTM series. The discipline’s usual timetable has consequently been modified, with qualifying due to start on Friday, with the final race scheduled for late Sunday morning. Aware that there is no room for easing up given the competitiveness of this year’s world championship, Team Peugeot Hansen travelled to Höljes, Sweden, immediately after its podium finish at Montalegre for further development work on the PEUGEOT 208 WRX 2017!
“Hockenheim is more like Barcelona than Montalegre," said Team Principal, Kenneth Hansen "in the sense that it uses a portion of a Formula 1 track converted for rallycross use. This year, the German organizers have modified the joker lap which was actually faster than the normal track in 2016. It’s a circuit our drivers enjoy and we go there intent on playing another front-running role.”
CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS AFTER TWO ROUNDS Drivers’ standings 1. Mattias Ekström (Audi S1), 58 points 2. Johan Kristoffersson (Volkswagen Polo GTI), 44 points 3. Petter Solberg (Volkswagen Polo GTI), 42 points 4. Andreas Bakkerud (Ford Focus RS), 30 points 5. Timo Scheider (Ford Fiesta), 28 points 6. Sébastien Loeb (PEUGEOT 208 WRX), 26 points 7. Reiniss Nitis (Audi S1), 26 points 8. Timmy Hansen (PEUGEOT 208 WRX), 23 points 9. Kevin Hansen (PEUGEOT 208 WRX), 21 points 10. Toomas Heikkinen (Audi S1), 19 points Teams’ standings 1. Volkswagen PSRX, 86 points 2. EKS Audi, 77 points 3. Team Peugeot Hansen, 49 points 4. Hoonigan Racing Division, 49 points 5. MJP Racing Team Austria, 35 points
TEAM PEUGEOT HANSEN WEB SERIES Spotters play a fundamental role in rallycross. This week, Kenneth Hansen explains the job he does for Timmy Hansen, driver of the N°21 PEUGEOT208WRX --> https://youtu.be/_GgmtV_KBKo
FOCUS OF THE WEEK Born very close to Le Mans’ Circuit de la Sarthe, Nicolas Guéranger was predestined for a career in motorsport. Find out more about the work of the PEUGEOT 208 WRX’s Technical Manager here: http://hansen-motorsport.se/nyhet-never-be-afraid-to-dream.aspx