Round 4 of the 2015 FIA World Rallycross Championship on May 23-24 will see no fewer than three PEUGEOT 208 WRXs compete at Lydden Hill, England. The weekend’s fast and furious World RX action will also feature the 2013 BTCC champion Andrew Jordan alongside Team Peugeot Hansen’s Timmy Hansen and Davy Jeanney.
The busy start to the 2015 FIA World Rallycross Championship which kicks off with four rounds in the space of five weeks continues this weekend with a visit to the sport’s spiritual home at Lydden Hill, Kent. It is here that the discipline first saw the light of day back in 1967 and it has always enjoyed strong television coverage since. The British TV producer Robert Reed believed rightly that a pack of charging cars competing round a mixed-surface dirt/asphalt circuit would be the perfect recipe for some exciting, spectacular sport.
As in Belgium last weekend, Round 4 of the 2015 championship promises to provide further evidence to support this view thanks to an extremely competitive entry of no fewer than 30 cars. Team Peugeot Hansen will field a third PEUGEOT 208 WRX for the 2013 British Touring Car champion Andrew Jordan who will turn 26 on Sunday. Although he is more accustomed to circuit racing today, he hasn’t lost sight of his rallycross roots after an involvement in the discipline that lasted from 2003 to 2007. Last year, a one-off appearance at Lydden Hill saw him finish on the podium!
This time, he will be part of the Team Peugeot Hansen line-up alongside its spearheads Timmy Hansen (#21) and Davy Jeanney (#17). Since the start of the season, they have demonstrated that the 2015-spec PEUGEOT 208 WRX has the potential to fight at the front of the field. The team has more than 20 years’ experience of the British venue where it will be hunting for its first victory of the year. Peugeot Red Bull Hansen Junior Team will also be active at Lydden Hill this weekend with 16½-year old Kevin Hansen in the RX Lites class.
Kenneth Hansen, Team Principal
“Lydden Hill is almost a real asphalt race circuit, with long straights, sweeping corners and fast entries into the turns. The challenge is to find a stable set-up, even though the asphalt portion is quite bumpy. You need good traction, too. We’ve got good experience of the track and we’re looking forward to racing there and being competitive there again. Our aim, of course, is still to score our first victory of the season. I’m convinced that’s a realistic target. Having Andrew with us will be an asset because he knows the track well. His feedback will no doubt bring us some interesting set-up ideas to explore.”
Timetable (local time)
Saturday, May 23
Sunday, May 24
Round 4 of the 2015 FIA World Rallycross Championship will be broadcast in more than 100 countries worldwide. Live coverage will include L’Equipe21 in France, TV10 in Sweden and British Eurosport.
2015 FIA World Rallycross Championship standings (after three rounds):