Trois Rivières 2014
08-09 august 2014
Team Peugeot-Hansen scored a second podium position in a row at the seventh round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship in Trois-Rivieres, Canada, with a third place finish for Russian driver Timur Timerzyanov.
With the usual two-day format condensed into a single day as part of the the famous Canadian motorsport festival near Montreal, Timerzyanov drove a fantastic semi-final and final after a difficult set of heat races to earn his best result of the season so far. Timmy Hansen had also finished third in his semi-final, but was later disqualified from progressing to the final for an overtaking manoeuvre on Finnish driver Toomas Heikkinen. Team Peugeot-Hansen maintains their position of third in the team championship standings, while Timerzyanov and Hansen are sixth and seventh respectively in the drivers’ championship table.
Timur Timerzyanov: “I’m really happy to be on the podium. I hope this can continue now for the rest of the season.”
Fast all season, double FIA European Rallycross Champion Timur Timerzyanov has been close to scoring a good result several times this year, and in Canada was able to celebrate his first podium finish against a highly competitive World RX field, despite not having a clean run of heat races.
“I only did two things good today the semi-final and the final. I made a few mistakes in the heats, so I just concentrated on the semi-final and then the final. So far this season I’ve been pushing for a good result, but today I’ve been relaxed and got a good result event with the problems in the heats. I think the practice I did before the event to get used to a street circuit really helped too. I must say thank you to all of our guys, it was tough to keep everything going here and I’m really happy to be on the podium. I hope this can continue now for the rest of the season.”
Timmy Hansen: “We qualified third after the heats, that was really good.”
Swedish driver Timmy Hansen qualified third at the Intermediate Classification to score good points for both himself and the team. He almost made it into the final, but was disqualified from his third position in his semi-final. Hansen is familiar with the street circuit style of the Trois-Rivieres venue from his single seater experience, but wasn’t at ease on the loose sections in Canada and feels he needs to improve his gravel driving.
“Gravel is not really my stronger side and we felt that this weekend. I had some good times, and good heats where we were fast, but in general I have a few things to learn about gravel driving still. We qualified third after the heats, so that was really good and we had a good position for the semi-final. In the semi-final I got stuck behind Heikkinen with broken power steering. I overtook him but got excluded for the move. I don’t agree with that decision, but I had to take the chance and sometimes that’s just the way it goes. The main thing for me this weekend is that I work on my gravel driving. Timur did some great lap times and got a really good result
Kenneth Hansen: “It’s great to get two podiums in a row for the team.”
Team principle Kenneth Hansen was pleased with the pace of the 208WRX in Canada, and satisfied that Timerzyanov was able to turn a potentially frustrating event into a podium finish. The experienced Swede thinks the result will raise both his drivers and team confidence heading into the second half of the World Championship season.
“It’s great to get two podiums in a row for the team. We were quite ok with our speed here, Timur had some mistakes but in the end he put everything together to make the podium. He was back to his old driving again in the final. For sure it will lift his confidence. He was very clever to get into the semi-final and then the final, that is the way we want to see Timur because we know he can do it, I’m really happy for him, and I think it’s important for the whole team.”
Peugeot Red Bull Hansen Junior Team driver Kevin Hansen raced in the RX Lites Intercontinental Cup support category at Trois-Rivieres and was fastest in the morning Open Practice. However, a crash in the second heat put him on the back foot and he would eventually retire from his semi-final, despite once again showing strong pace speed. Hansen’s next event in the Peugeot backed RX Lites machine will be at the Knutstorp Ring, Sweden in two weeks’ time (22 Aug).
The next round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship takes place at Loheac, France (6th - 7th September).
FIA World Rallycross Championship round seven, Canada: Final Result
1- Petter Solberg (PSRX, Citroen DS3)
2- Anton Marklund (Marklund Motorsport, VW Polo)
3- Timur Timerzyanov (Team Peugeot-Hansen, Peugeot 208 WRX)
4- Reinis Nitiss (OlsbergsMSE, Ford Fiesta)
5- Toomas Heikkinen (Marklund Motorsport, VW Polo)
6- Patrick Carpentier (Marklund Motorsport, VW Polo)
FIA World Rallycross Championship Drivers’ standings (after round 7 / 12):
1- Petter Solberg (PSRX, Citroen DS3), 155 points
2- Toomas Heikkinen (Marklund Motorsport, VW Polo), 135 points
3- Reinis Nitiss (OlsbergsMSE, Ford Fiesta), 133 points
4- Andreas Bakkerud (OlsbergsMSE, Ford Fiesta), 113 points
5- Anton Marklund (Marklund Motorsport, VW Polo), 111 points
6- Timur Timerzyanov (Team Peugeot-Hansen, Peugeot 208 WRX), 93 points
7- Timmy Hansen (Team Peugeot-Hansen, Peugeot 208 WRX), 92 points
FIA World Rallycross Championship Teams standings (after round 7 / 12):
1- OlsbergsMSE/Ford, 246 points
2- Marklund Motorsport/Volkswagen, 246 points
3- Team Peugeot-Hansen, 185 points
4- PSRX, 147 points
5- Monster Energy World RX Team, 83 points
6- Albatec Racing, 25 points