Rallycross – PEUGEOT 208 WRXs eyeing Germany success25/09/2017 - 10:00

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Estering 2017 30 Sept. - 01 Oct. 2017

After competitive performances a fortnight ago in Latvia, the PEUGEOT 208 WRX drivers aim to repeat their form in a bid to claim the top prize at the 2017 FIA World Rallycross Championship’s penultimate clash at Estering-Buxtehude (Round 11) on September 30-October 1.

 

AUTO - WORLD RX OF LATVIA 2017

 

 

 

 

AUTO - FIA WRX WORLD RALLYCROSS CANADA - 2017

 

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Kenneth Hansen (Team Principal)
Buxtehude is unique and leaves no room for error because the walls that line the track are never very far away. Another feature is the paddock which is not only quite small but also located in the circuit’s infield. The races are frequently quite dramatic, especially since the layout makes the work of the spotters fairly difficult, so anything can happen! You are responsible for your own luck and you need to play your cards the best way you can. We succeeded in doing that two years ago when Davy Jeanney took the win and we intend to do our very best to achieve the same result this time round!

Sébastien Loeb (PEUGEOT 208 WRX #9)
The starts are especially important here and I believe this is an area in which we have improved recently, so that’s encouraging. In rallycross, anything can happen, though, so we’ll just try to be as competitive as we have been at the last two rounds.

Timmy Hansen (PEUGEOT 208 WRX #21)
Because of my background as a circuit racer, Estering is one of the biggest challenges I face each year. The track is fun to drive since you’re drifting much of the time but that’s not something that comes naturally to me. I am more accustomed to leaving my braking as late as possible and taking the tightest line. Here, I need to do the opposite! The first turn is one of the most boisterous of the season and anything can happen. It’s a track that always springs a few surprises…

Kevin Hansen (PEUGEOT 208 WRX #71)
I love Estering because it really puts the emphasis on car control. It’s a proper, bumpy, gritty rallycross track and there tends to be plenty of bustling through the opening corner. I went well here last year when I notched up my best performance in a Supercar. I came second in my semi-final, then fourth in the final! I’m looking forward to racing here again and I will do everything I can to qualifying for the final once more.

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CIRCUIT

• Length : 0,952 km
• Asphalt / gravel : 60 % / 40 %
• Lap record : 35’’971

AUTO - FIA WRX WORLD RALLYCROSS CANADA - 2017

TIMETABLE
Saturday, September 30
• 9:00am: Free Practice
• 12:00 noon: Q1
• 2:30pm: Q2

Sunday, October 1
• 9:00am: Warm-up
• 10:00am: Q3
• 10:35am: Q4
• 3:00pm: semi-finals and final

AUTO - WORLD RX OF FRANCE 2017

TEAM PEUGEOT HANSEN WEB SERIES
Team Peugeot Hansen’s drivers took advantage of the recent trip to Lohéac, France, to visit PSA’s production plant in nearby Rennes. Not only were they treated to a tour of the SUV 5008’s assembly line but they also lent the local staff a helping hand! Click here to watch: https://youtu.be/JaZWAANg8MY

FOCUS OF THE WEEK
World Rallycross Supercars develop almost 600 horsepower, which makes the role of those who tend to the engines all the more important. We introduce you to Team Peugeot Hansen’s powerplant expert, Mehdi El-Fassi:

PROVISIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS AFTER 10 ROUNDS
Drivers’ classification
1. Johan Kristoffersson (Volkswagen Polo GTI), 271 points
2. Petter Solberg (Volkswagen Polo GTI), 209 points
3. Mattias Ekström (Audi S1), 204 points
4. Sébastien Loeb (PEUGEOT 208 WRX), 194 points
5. Andreas Bakkerud (Ford Focus RS), 165 points
6. Timmy Hansen (PEUGEOT 208 WRX), 152 points*
7. Toomas Heikkinen (Audi S1), 99 points
8. Ken Block (Ford Focus RS), 98 points
9. Timo Scheider (Ford Fiesta), 87 points
10. Kevin Eriksson (Ford Fiesta), 84 points
and Kevin Hansen (PEUGEOT 208 WRX), 84 points

Teams’ classification
1. Volkswagen PSRX, 480 points
2. Team Peugeot Hansen, 346 points*
3. EKS Audi, 303 points
4. Hoonigan Racing Division, 263 points
5. MJP Racing Team Austria, 182 points
6. STARD, 151 points

* Score takes into account the 15-point penalty incurred in Latvia following the use of a fourth engine this year in Timmy Hansen’s car.

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