Team Peugeot-Hansen chase Teams Championship lead in Turkey06/10/2014 - 11:30

Istanbul Park 2014 11-12 october 2014
The next round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship takes place in another brand new territory for the series this weekend; round eleven is held at the former Formula One venue, Istanbul Park in Turkey. Team Peugeot-Hansen’s first victory of the season came with Swedish driver Timmy Hansen in Italy last time out. Hansen’s maximum score coupled with a final position for Timur Timerzyanov has lifted the team to just 13 points off the leaders in the teams championship standings, with two events left to run.

The Turkish round is only the second ever round of world championship to be held outside Europe, and will introduce new fans to the fast and frantic action that is rallycross. The sport takes place on circuits constructed of half gravel and half tarmac. Qualification heats decide positions for semi-finals; the top three in each semi progress to the final and a chance of winning the event. Timmy Hansen’s maiden victory for the Peugeot 208WRX at Franciacorta in Italy was the fourth podium of the season for the French-Swedish team. Heading to Turkey, the squad will be able to draw on the vast experience of both team principle Kenneth Hansen and Peugeot Sport to hit the ground running and give the drivers the best opportunity of success on the world stage.

Not only is the team aiming for the lead in the teams championship standings, but both Hansen and Timerzyanov are challenging for the top three in the drivers’ championship, they currently lie fourth and fifth respectively.  Also in action at the Turkish event will be Red Bull Peugeot Hansen Junior Team driver Kevin Hansen, who won the Swedish RallyX LItes championship earlier this season is hoping to consolidate his position second in the RX Lites Cup standings in Turkey, racing his Peugeot 208 Lites.

Kenneth Hansen, Team Principle

“As a team we have been very consistent in recent events and we hope to continue that to the end of the season. The consistency has been key to us catching up and I really believe we have a chance of challenging for the title. I didn’t expect to be able to say that a few months ago. The work we have done so far has been fantastic, but it isn’t done yet. We are very focused on what we need to do. The circuit in Turkey will be very interesting for us and the sport as a whole. We haven't raced at an F1 track before. I think we can expect the tarmac sections to be very smooth, and it will be a challenge to set the car up right so it works well on the racing circuit sections as well as the lose gravel. You always end up with a compromise in setup in this sport. The car can never be absolutely perfect for both gravel and tarmac, so it is all about finding the best solution to be fast on both. That is what makes rallycross so exciting.”

FIA World Rallycross Championship Drivers standings (after round 10/12):

1 Petter Solberg (PSRX, Citroen DS3) 235

2 Toomas Heikkinen (Marklund Motorsport, VW Polo) 175

3 Reinis Nitiss (OlsbergsMSE, Ford Fiesta) 167

4 Timmy Hansen (Team Peugeot-Hansen, Peugeot 208) 152

5 Timur Timerzyanov (Team Peugeot-Hansen, Peugeot 208) 148

6 Andreas Bakkerud (OlsbergsMSE, Ford Fiesta) 146

FIA World Rallycross Championship Teams standings (after round 10/12):

1 OlsbergsMSE/Ford 313

2 Marklund Motorsport/Volkswagen 313

3 Team Peugeot-Hansen 300

4 PSRX 227

5 Monster Energy World RX Team 85

6 Albatec Racing 32

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