Rallycross – Action for the PEUGEOT 208 WRXs in Portugal18/04/2017 - 08:43

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Montalegre 2017 22-23 april 2017

Team Peugeot Hansen travels to Portugal this weekend for round two of the 2017 FIA World Rallycross Championship at Montalegre where Sébastien Loeb and Timmy Hansen are targeting maximum points.

 

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Kenneth Hansen, Team Principal
Circuits like Montalegre, which features big kerbs and tight corners, have caused us a few problems these past two seasons. We worked particularly hard on these points during the winter break and I think we are much better prepared for the Portuguese round this time. We should also have some new parts on the cars following the testing work we have done since Barcelona. We will need to be ready for whatever the weather throws at us – even down to team clothing! – and focus on scoring as many points as possible by getting both cars into the final. That will call for some smart thinking both on and off the track!

Sébastien Loeb (driver, PEUGEOT 208 WRX #9)
I think the car has improved on this sort of rougher surface since last season and I believe we will be more competitive. In 2017, the weather was appalling, so I hope the conditions will be milder this time round, but that’s by no means a foregone conclusion given the circuit’s location in the mountains. I absolutely need to reach the final this weekend to make up for my result in Barcelona.

Timmy Hansen (driver, PEUGEOT 208 WRX #21)
Montalegre is great fun. It’s got some big kerbs but you can settle into a good rhythm. My record isn’t particularly brilliant there, though, and that’s something I want to put right. I feel quite confident thanks to the test programme we got through over the winter. Compared with Barcelona, it’s a different sort of venue, with the emphasis more on the gravel section which calls for different engine, chassis and damper settings.

Kevin Hansen (driver, PEUGEOT 208 WRX #71)
It’s always hard to guess what the conditions will be at Montalegre. It’s quite a technical circuit, with a fairly flowing gravel portion and some tall kerbs. You really need to commit if you want to post a good lap time. The switch to the joker lap is just after the start, so it’s more complex for the spotters to come up with a good strategy as the cars are flagged away. It’s quite long and the part where you re-join the normal circuit is pretty tricky because you’re travelling fairly fast as you come out of the joker lap, whereas the other drivers are just exiting a slippery hairpin. You need to keep your eyes open!

 

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THE TRACK
• Length: 1.52km,
• Asphalt/gravel: 60% / 40%
• Lap record: 39.939s (Solberg, 2014)

 

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TIMETABLE
Friday, April 21
• 4:00pm: draw

Saturday, April 22
• 10:20am: free practice
• 1:30pm: qualifying 1
• 3:00pm: qualifying 2

Sunday, April 23
• 9:00: warm up
• 10:30am: qualifying 3
• 12:00 noon: qualifying 4
• 3:00pm: semi-finals and final

CLASSIFICATION AFTER 1 ROUND
Drivers’ standings
1. Mattias Ekström (Audi S1), 29 points
2. Timo Scheider (Ford Fiesta), 26 points
3. Andreas Bakkerud (Ford Focus RS), 22 points
4. Johan Kristoffersson (Volkswagen Polo GTI), 21 points
5. Petter Solberg (Volkswagen Polo GTI), 19 points
6. Timmy Hansen (PEUGEOT 208 WRX), 17 points
11. Kevin Hansen (PEUGEOT 208 WRX), 8 points
14. Sébastien Loeb (PEUGEOT 208 WRX), 7 points

Teams’ standings
1.    EKS-Audi, 40 points
2.    Volkswagen PSRX, 40 points
3.    Hoonigan Racing Division Ford, 33 points
4.    MJP Racing Team Austria, 30 points
5.  Team Peugeot Hansen, 20 points

 

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