14-15 june 2014
Following a successful test today at legendary Swedish rallycross track, Holjes, Team Peugeot-Hansen are aiming to get their championship challenge back on track at the third round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship this weekend in Hell, Norway.
The first two rounds of the World RX series have brought mixed emotions for the recently formed team, the brand new Peugeot 208 WRX Supercars have proven to be fast in the opening rounds in Portugal and Great Britain, with drivers Timur Timerzyanov and Timmy Hansen both excited by the performance of the new chassis. Engine problems put the pair prematurely out of the last event at Lydden Hill, but having undergone extensive testing at Holjes, the team are confident of a good result in Hell in what will be the most competitive event of the season so far with 38 Supercars taking to the start line.
Timur Timerzyanov: “The target is to win”
Double European Rallycross Champion Timur Timerzyanov finished second at the Norwegian circuit last season, and is satisfied that the test at Holjes has helped Team Peugeot-Hansen to find more speed from the new car.
“I’m very happy that we have been able to test at Holjes, the feeling is really good. We have been trying everything, and making lots of adjustments to the dampers and changing the suspension to find a good set-up, and we have found lots of solutions. I’m feeling very comfortable with the car. The track in Norway is quite tricky, it has a few sharp corners and goes up and down a lot. It’s one of the most interesting circuits in World RX this year. The target is to win, and to be able to fight for the championship for Team Peugeot-Hansen, Red Bull and Total.”
Timmy Hansen: “I really think we can have a good result this weekend”
Contesting only his second season of full time rallycross, Hansen is regarded as one of the quickest in the sport, and finished third in the European Championship last season. The Swede thinks the test at Holjes has improved the 208‘s balance, and expects Hell to suit the car.
“We had a really good day of testing, we were able to fine turn the car to get a great balance, and we did some really good lap times. It’s great to be able to try some different things to get used to the car without the pressure of an event. I’m really looking forward to Norway this weekend, Hell is a circuit that should suit the 208, it’s quite twisty and slow in places, and there is lots of tarmac. I have really high hopes, and I’m not just saying that because it is the thing to say, I really do think we can have a good result this weekend.”
Kenneth Hansen: “We found what was causing the engine problems at Lydden Hill and solved them”
Team principle Kenneth Hansen has worked hard with the team and their partners to not only resolve technical issues from the first two events of the year, but to also make improvements to the setup of the new chassis prior to round three of the World Championship.
“It was good to have the first real test with the car, where we have been able to get through a lot of things. The team knows Holjes very well, so it is a good place for us to come to, and we have got some good answers and solutions. In the first two races, we didn’t know if the changes we were making were correct, but we have learnt a lot today. Timur is usually very quick in Hell, so I think we can make it to the final. We have done a huge amount of work and analysis together with Oreca and Peugeot. We found what was causing the engine problems at Lydden Hill and solved them, and we have also solved the electric troubles we had too. ”
The third round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship at Hell, Norway 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 and Norway on Viasat Sport and in the UK on British Eurosport.
Event timetable: (Local time CET)
Saturday 14th June
11:00: Open Practice
13:30: Heat 1 + 2
Sunday 15th June
10:45: Heat 3 + 4
16:30: Semi Finals and Final
FIA World Rallycross Championship Drivers standings (after round 2 / 12)
1- Andreas Bakkerud (OlsbergsMSE, Ford Fiesta), 49 pts
2- Petter Solberg (PSRX, Citroen DS3), 46 pts
3- Toomas Heikkinen (Marklund Motorsport, VW Polo), 44 pts
4- Reinis Nitiss (OlsbergsMSE, Ford Fiesta), 43 pts
5- Anton Marklund (Marklund Motorsport, VW Polo), 26 pts
6- Robin Larsson (Larsson-Jernberg Audi A1), 25 pts
FIA World Rallycross Championship Teams standings (after round 2 / 12)
1- OlsbergsMSE/Ford, 92 pts
2- Marklund Motorsport/Volkswagen, 70 pts
3- PSRX, 55 pts
4- Team Peugeot-Hansen, 39 pts
5- Albatec Racing, 14 pts