Following a month off, Team Peugeot-Hansen will be back in action in the fifth round of the 2015 FIA World Rallycross Championship as Timmy Hansen and Davy Jeanney head to Estering, Germany, on June 20-21, in a determined mood.
After introducing rallycross to a full house of 70,000 spectators at Hockenheim as a support event for the DTM fixture there last month, the World RX protagonists will return to Germany for the fifth showdown of the 2015 campaign. This time, it is a traditional rallycross venue that will welcome the two PEUGEOT 208 WRX drivers. Located 35km southwest of Hamburg, Estering is indeed one of the discipline’s true strongholds, and never fails to attract an enthusiastic crowd.
Taking full advantage of the four-week interval since the visit to Lydden Hill, Team Peugeot-Hansen went testing at Holjes in Sweden. The squad spent time evaluating a range of set-up options so as to be able to exploit the full potential of the 208 WRXs both at Estering and in subsequent outings. Timmy Hansen and Davy Jeanney will aim to capitalise upon this hard work by tallying a large points haul in Germany, as Team Peugeot-Hansen seeks to reclaim the top spot in the Teams’ standings that it occupied back at the beginning of the season. The Estering round will be televised in more than 120 countries throughout the world. The semi-finals and final will be broadcast live in France on L’Equipe 21, in Sweden on TV10 and in Germany on Motorvision.
Estering is one of the classic rallycross venues, and a special place that we know well. Its layout is pretty much the opposite to what we encountered last time out at Lydden Hill. There is absolutely no margin for error here, with barriers all around the circuit and a treacherous first corner. Contact is commonplace. That said, I feel very confident. The testing that we conducted recently enabled us to improve the car further, and we hope to convert that into some strong results at Estering.
Saturday, June 20
11:00: Free practice
12:30: First and second heat races
Sunday, June 21
10:30: Third and fourth heat races
15:00: Semi-finals and final
Best lap time in 2014: 36.884s (Mattias Ekström, in the final)
Maximum speed: 188kph
Hardest braking: From 188kph to 49kph in 128 metres (at the end of the straight)
1. Petter Solberg (SDRX, Citroën DS3), 112 pts
2. Johan Kristoffersson (Volkswagen Team Sweden, Volkswagen Polo), 83 pts
3. Andreas Bakkerud (Olsbergs MSE AB, Ford Fiesta ST), 77 pts
4. Timmy Hansen (Team Peugeot-Hansen, PEUGEOT 208 WRX), 63 pts
5. Reinis Nitiss (Olsbergs MSE AB, Ford Fiesta ST), 61 pts
6. Mattias Ekström (EKS, Audi S1), 59 pts
7. Toomas Heikkinen, (Marklund Motorsport, Volkswagen Polo), 59 pts
8. Per-Gunnar Andersson (Marklund Motorsport, Volkswagen Polo), 47 pts
9. Davy Jeanney (Team Peugeot-Hansen, PEUGEOT 208 WRX), 47 pts
1. Ford Olsbergs MSE, 138 pts
2. SDRX, 132 pts
3. Team Peugeot-Hansen, 110 pts
4. Marklund Motorsport, 106 pts