Rallycross – Four PEUGEOT 208 WRXs for Hockenheim Stadium action!02/05/2016 - 10:00

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Hockenheimring 2016 07-08 may 2016

Round two of the 2016 FIA World Rallycross Championship will see four PEUGEOT 208 WRXs co-star in the action around a bespoke track laid out in the famous Hockenheim Stadium, Germany. All four drivers are targeting the top step of the podium in a bid to earn the favours of the 75,000-strong crowd which is expected to turn out for the show that shares the weekend’s bill with the opening clash of the 2016 DTM.

AUTOMOBILE: PORTUGAL - MONTALEGRE -  WRX - 15/04/2016 TO 17/04/2016

 

 

 

 

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QUOTES...

Kenneth Hansen (Team Principal)
After our mixed fortunes in Portugal, we took the time to analyse what happened and we are determined to put the lessons we have learned to maximum effect at Hockenheim. The PEUGEOT 208 WRX is a sound car. We simply need to make sure its strengths all gel together at the right moment, and we couldn’t be more motivated to succeed in making that happen. If it rains like it did in Portugal, we will be better prepared for the conditions this time. Hopefully, we will be able to use the planned layout at Hockenheim this year because we are looking forward to shining again in front of the Stadium’s packed grandstands. In 2015, the spectators were up on their feet and I am sure they will enjoy our spectacular show this time, too!

Sébastien Loeb (#9 PEUGEOT 208 WRX, Team Peugeot Hansen)
Hockenheim is a legendary place. I think it’s great to be able share a meeting there with the DTM. There’s sure to be a tremendous atmosphere. It’s always nice to compete in front of a big crowd and Hockenheim’s not far from Alsace, my native region, so I think a lot of friends and fans will make the trip. I can’t wait for the second round. I enjoyed my first experience of rallycross in Portugal but the track was a little atypical, so this race will give me a chance to see how I compare with the others in a different context. I am confident I will be able to make more of the car’s potential in Germany.

Timmy Hansen (#21 PEUGEOT 208 WRX, Team Peugeot Hansen)
I know Hockenheim well because I won a single-seater race there once. It’s a venue that is steeped in motor racing history and competing there in front of packed grandstands is always something special. The rallycross track is quite different from what we usually see and the gravel section calls for a fairly aggressive driving style, so you need to take that into account in the way you approach the weekend. Along with the other drivers, as well as all the engineers and mechanics, we are intent on reproducing the sort of form that helped us to win the Teams’ title in 2015.

 

AUTOMOBILE: PORTUGAL - MONTALEGRE -  WRX - 15/04/2016 TO 17/04/2016

 

RACE SCHEDULE
Friday 6 May
9:05 - 10:15: Free Practice
13:55 - 14:45: Qualifying 1
15:15 - 16:30: Qualifying 2

Saturday 7 May
17:15 - 17:25: warm-up
17:25 - 17:55: Qualifying 3
18:28 - 19:00: Qualifying 4

Sunday 8 May
11:00 - 11:05: warm-up
11:10 - 11:30: semi-finals
11:40 - 11:50: final

 

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AUTOMOBILE: PORTUGAL - MONTALEGRE -  WRX - 15/04/2016 TO 17/04/2016

 

STANDINGS
FIA World Rallycross Championship standings after 1 round
Drivers
1.    Petter Solberg (Peter Solberg World RX Team, Citroën DS3), 29 pts
2.    Robin Larsson (Robin Larsson, Audi A1), 21 pts
3.    Johan Kristoffersson (Volkswagen RX Sweden, Volkswagen Polo), 21 pts
4.    Toomas Heikkinen (EKS, Audi S1), 20 pts
5.    Andreas Bakkerud (Hoonigan Racing Division, Ford Focus RS), 20 points
6.    Mattias Ekström (EKS, Audi S1), 19 pts
7.    Sebastien Loeb (Team Peugeot-Hansen, PEUGEOT 208 WRX), 17 pts
8.    Kevin Eriksson (Olsberg MSE, Ford Fiesta ST), 12 pts
9.    Timmy Hansen (Team Peugeot-Hansen, PEUGEOT 208 WRX), 9 pts
10. Liam Doran (JRM, BMW Mini), 8 pts
11. Davy Jeanney (Peugeot-Hansen Academy, PEUGEOT 208 WRX), 7 pts

Teams
1. EKSRX, 39 pts
2. Volkswagen RX Sweden, 28 pts
3. Team Peugeot Hansen, 26 pts

 

TV COVERAGE
Broadcast in more than 120 countries across the world --> http://www.fiaworldrallycross.com/article/tvlisting. The semi-finals and the final (from 2pm, April 17) will be screened live in France on L’Equipe 21, in Sweden on SVT and in Portugal on Sport TV.

ABOUT RALLYCROSS
Rallycross events use mixed-surface dirt/asphalt circuits of about one kilometre in length and can feature one or more jumps. The drivers are knocked out as the weekend progresses and only the six fastest and bravest of them get to contest the final. --> Discover the rules and the new one “spotter

2016 CALENDAR * rounds counting towards the European Rallycross Championship
1.    April 16-17: Portugal (Montalegre)
2.    May 7-8: Germany(Hockenheim)
3.    May 14-15: Belgium (Mettet)*
4.    May 28-29: Great Britain (Lydden Hill)
5.    June 11-12: Norway (Hell)*
6.    July 2-3: Sweden (Holjes)*
7.    August 6-7: Canada (Trois-Rivières)
8.    September 3-4: France (Lohéac)
9.    September 17-18: Spain (Barcelona)*
10.    October 1-2: Latvia (Riga)*
11.    October 15-16: Germany (Estering)
12.    November 26-27: Argentina (Rosario)

 

 

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