Lydden Hill 2014
24-25 may 2014
After a brilliant debut event earlier this month in Portugal, Team Peugeot-Hansen head to England for the second round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship, held at the famous Lydden Hill race circuit, often referred to as the ‘home of rallycross’.
Despite the late completion of the new Peugeot 208WRX project, the team hit the ground running in Portugal, double European Champion Timur Timerzyanov and team mate Timmy Hansen set competitive times throughout the heats and were unlucky not to make it to the final.
Timmy Hansen - “we can fight for a good result”
Both drivers were fast at Lydden Hill last season, a track that Timmy Hansen believes will compliment both his driving style and the new 208 Supercar:
“Lydden Hill is a circuit that suits me and my driving style, it’s about high speed, big commitment fast corners and i’m very comfortable with that, the circuit is completely me,” said Hansen. “In Portugal, the 208 felt great on those types of corners; you can push hard on the entry and still get a good exit, so it should be a good match for Lydden Hill. Before Portugal we didn’t know what to expect from the car and I was very surprised and pleased at how good it was to drive. I didn’t have to fight against it and it did exactly what I wanted. Hopefully, both Timur and I can have a good run at Lydden Hill and we can fight for a good result.”
Timur Tymerzyanov - “we can have a strong result this weekend“
Russian rallycross star Timur Timerzyanov topped the World RX leader board at the Intermediate Classification in Portugal having set fastest times in both of the first two heats. The reigning FIA European Rallycross Champion is confident that the team is making good progress with the new car.
“We just drove with what we had in Portugal, and although of course we have changes to make to improve things, we have a very good package. We are already at a higher level than we expected and if we work as a team we can improve a lot more yet. Last year at Lydden Hill I wasn’t able to get the result I wanted because I got a puncture in the final, but I’m confident we can have a strong result this weekend and improve our position in the teams championship.”
Kenneth Hansen - “we have so much motivation to succeed for the team “
Team principle, Kenneth Hansen, who has 14 European Rallycross titles to his name as a driver, is excited to take the new Red Bull backed Peugeot 208WRXs to Lydden Hill this weekend, a circuit that has provided good results for the Swede in the past.
“Lydden Hill is a very different circuit to Portugal, I think it suits our team and drivers more. We hope to have solved the small technical problems we had in Portugal, and we believe we can get a good result in England. I feel good going into round two, we were very late getting this project together but we showed good pace in Portugal. There is a lot to learn in lots of respects, not only from the technical side on the cars but with everything. It’s very interesting, the project has given me a new lease of life, we have so much motivation to succeed for the team, our drivers and our partners. It’s fantastic to have Peugeot involved, as a manufacturer they are very interested and enthusiastic about rallycross, that’s very exciting for the whole team.”
The second round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship at Lydden Hill this weekend will be broadcast on television in over 100 countries around the world. Among those, the event can be watched live on Sunday afternoon in France on L’Equipe 21, in Sweden on Viasat Sport and in the UK on British Eurosport.
Event timetable: (Local time BST)
Saturday 24th May
Sunday 25th May
- 09:00 Open Practice
- 11:15 Heat 1 + 2
FIA World Rallycross Championship Drivers standings (after round 1 / 12)
- 10:30 Warm-up
- 11:30 Heat 3 + 4
- 15:00 Semi Finals and Final
1- Petter Solberg (PSRX, Citroën DS3) 29 pts, 2- Reinis Nitiss (OlsbergsMSE, Ford Fiesta) 24 pts, 3- Toomas Heikkinen (Marklund Motorsport, VW Polo) 21 pts, 4- Andreas Bakkerud (OlsbergsMSE, Ford Fiesta) 20 pts, 5- Timur Timerzyanov (Peugeot-Hansen 208 WRX) 19 pts,
6- Anton Marklund (Marklund Motorsport, VW Polo) 18 pts, 7- Timmy Hansen (Peugeot-Hansen 208 WRX) 14 pts,
8- Koen Pauwels (Koen Pauwels Ford Focus) 14 pts, etc.
FIA World Rallycross Championship Teams standings (after round 1 / 12)
1- OlsbergsMSE 44 pts, 2- Marklund Motorsport 39 pts, 3- PSRX 38 pts, 4- Team Peugeot-Hansen 33 pts,
5- Albatec Racing 5 pts, 6- LD Motorsports 0 pts, etc