Sébastien Loeb and PEUGEOT 208 Collect Third Consecutive Third Place in Canada
Team Peugeot Hansen consolidated its second place in the 2017 World Rallycross Championship standings at Round 8 in Trois Rivières, Canada, where Sébastien Loeb claimed his third top-three finish in a row.
A polished performance saw Sébastien Loeb steer his PEUGEOT 208 WRX 2017 to third place in Canada. Despite making unavoidable contact with Andreas Bakkerud’s stricken car in Q2, he succeeded in qualifying on row three for Sunday afternoon’s final and went on to secure Team Peugeot Hansen’s sixth podium result of the season.
It turned out to be a more complex weekend for Timmy Hansen who was halted by a transmission problem in Q2. He bounced back into the Top 12, though, thanks to an assertive run in Q4 which earned him a footing in the final phase.The Swede continued on his momentum to take second place in his semi-final before a strong performance in the final saw him appear in the lead. Unfortunately, his run was then stopped by an engine problem which prevented him from taking the flag. Sixth place sufficed, however, to climb to fifth in the provisional Drivers’ standings.
Kevin Hansen was on form again in his 2016-spec PEUGEOT 208 WRX. He qualified once more for the semi-finals, finishing just shy of a slot in the final.
“I’m really pleased to have qualified for the semi-finals again," said Kevin, "that was my objective, even though my 2016-specification car is clearly less competitive than most of the 2017 cars. My semi-final went well. I pushed as hard as I could and was running fourth when I thought I might gain a place because Timmy and Baumanis were locked in a battle just ahead of me. Fourth in my semi-final wasn’t a bad result, though, after the speed I managed to show in qualifying"