Lydden Hill 2014
24-25 may 2014
Despite showing strong pace in the second round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship this weekend at Lydden Hill, both Team Peugeot-Hansen 208WRX Supercars experienced engine problems and failed to make it to the final stages of the event.
Timur Timerzyanov finished third fastest in heat one followed by ninth in heat two to lie sixth overall at the end of day one. The Russian star picked up an engine problem at the start of sunday morning's warm-up, putting him out of the event. Team mate Timmy Hansen had a strong first day in the second Peugeot 208 WRX to sit one place behind Timerzyanov in seventh.
Not totally happy with the suspension setup on either 208 WRX in only its second event, the team worked hard to improve the chassis for day two, Hansen setting third fastest time in heat three as reward, before he too suffered engine problems on the start line of heat four. Even without a fourth heat time, Hansen had qualified for the semi-finals in 11th position, but was unable to take his place on the starting grid.
Kenneth Hansen remains positive about team's performance
Team principle Kenneth Hansen was pleased with the improved pace of the Peugeot 208 WRX throughout the event, and has vowed to work as hard as possible to solve the engine problems experienced at Lydden Hill before round three of the championship in Norway on 14-15 June.
“We haven't been able to solve the engine problems, partially because of the tight time scale of the event. Also, we are thinking of the long game, it’s important that we keep ourselves in the best position possible in the championship, and we did not want to risk damaging another engine in the cars by fitting them and breaking them again. We are restricted on the amount of engines we can use during the season,” said Hansen. We have learnt a lot about the cars this weekend, and both Timur and Timmy improved their lap times in each run they did. We are on the pace, and we will do absolutely everything we can to solve the problems before the next round in Norway. Even with the issues we have had here, there is still a very good atmosphere within the team. We have a lot of experience and great engineers, we will fight back in Norway!”
Next round: Norway, 14-15 June
Due to technical problems on WRX web site, Lydden Hill results & FIA World Rallycross Championship overall are not available. www.rallycrossrx.com