Second place in Turkey for Team Peugeot-Hansen12/10/2014 - 21:35

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Istanbul Park 2014 11-12 october 2014
Swedish driver Timmy Hansen finished second at the eleventh round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship in Turkey to score Team Peugeot-Hansen’s fifth podium finish of the season. Hansen dominated the heat stages of the event in his Peugeot 208 WRX; fastest in heats two, three and four, he topped the Intermediate Classification and won semi-final one before finishing second in the final after a close race with Andreas Bakkerud, Toomas Heikkinen finished third. The result means that Hansen is now just three points behind third position in the drivers championship standings with just the final event in Argentina left to run and Team Peugeot-Hansen maintain third position in the teams championship. Timur Timerzyanov also made it to the semi-finals and finished fifth in semi-final one. The event was held at former Formula One circuit Istanbul Park, where the new rallycross track incorporated the final three corners of the F1 tarmac and a purpose built in-field loose section. Driving his Peugeot 208 Lites, Red Bull Peugeot Hansen Junior Team driver Kevin Hansen finished second in the final from the back of the grid in the semi-finals to end the season second in the championship, despite not being able to start the series until round three when he was old enough to compete. Timmy Hansen (Swe), Peugeot 208 WRX #3
“That was one incredible race. It was a huge fight the whole way through. I made a mistake on lap one which gave Bakkerud the opportunity to take the lead. I took my joker straight away on lap two to try and get some clear air, but then had a big fight with Topi Heikkinen and Henning Solberg. When Bakkerud took his joker I came out really close behind him and was close to passing him, but there was no way past. It was a really fun final and we came really near to winning. It’s great to get another podium for Peugeot.”
Timur Timerzyanov (Rus), Peugeot 208 WRX #1
The track in Turkey is really nice for the drivers. It’s very technical and also quite slippery on the gravel sections. People were cutting the corners a bit in the semi-finals and it was bringing the dirt onto the racing line which made it even more slippery, but it was nice to race at a track where Formula One has been before, the facilities were really good.
Kenneth Hansen, Team Principle
“Timmy did a great job this weekend and Timur drove well too. It’s really a shame that Timur had an engine problem so we had to take a 15 point penalty and change it before the semi-final. The reason is really that we had troubles at the beginning of the season with some parts supplier problems. We are paying for that now, but that’s life.”
The next round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship takes place at San Luis in Argentina. (28th - 29th November). FIA World Rallycross Championship round eleven, Turkey: Final result 1 Andreas Bakkerud (OlsbergsMSE, Ford Fiesta) 2 Timmy Hansen (Team Peugeot-Hansen, Peugeot 208) 3 Toomas Heikkinen (Marklund Motorsport, VW Polo) 4 Anton Marklund (Marklund Motorsport, VW Polo) 5 Henning Solberg (Monster Energy, Citroen DS3) 6 Petter Solberg (PSRX, Citroen DS3) FIA World Rallycross Championship Drivers standings (after round 11/12): 1 Petter Solberg (PSRX, Citroen DS3) 250 2 Toomas Heikkinen (Marklund Motorsport, VW Polo) 200 3 Reinis Nitiss (OlsbergsMSE, Ford Fiesta) 182 4 Timmy Hansen (Team Peugeot-Hansen, Peugeot 208) 179 5 Andreas Bakkerud (OlsbergsMSE, Ford Fiesta) 173 6 Anton Marklund (Marklund Motorsport, VW Polo) 159 7 Timur Timerzyanov (Team Peugeot-Hansen, Peugeot 208) 156   FIA World Rallycross Championship Teams standings (after round 11/12): 1 OlsbergsMSE/Ford 359 2 Marklund Motorsport/Volkswagen 355 3 Team Peugeot-Hansen 335 4 PSRX 237 5 Monster Energy World RX Team 102 6 Albatec Racing 42

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