20-21 september 2014
On the back of three consecutive podium finishes for Team Peugeot-Hansen in the FIA World Rallycross Championship, the squad heads to round nine of the series at the Estering, situated near the town of Buxtehude in Northern Germany.
It’s a busy time of the season for the World RX teams, round ten of the 12 round championship takes place just one week later at Franciacorta, Italy. Both Timmy Hansen and Timur Timerzyanov made it into the final at the previous round in Loheac, France with their Peugeot 208WRXs and having proved front running pace in recent events, the team aims to have both cars in the final again this weekend in Germany as they hunt for the first win of the season.
Timur Timerzyanov: “We will work hard to prepare to give us the best chance we can.”
Peugeot-Hansen’s Russian rallycross star, Timur Timerzyanov, sealed his second FIA European Rallycross Championship crown at the Estering last season. The double champion was unlucky to retire from the final in Loheac earlier this month with accident damage, and is hoping to return to the podium this weekend.
“Germany is totally different from Loheac. It’s more like a gravel rally track there. We need to do some special settings on the car for that track. We know that [championship leader] Petter Solberg will be really quick in Germany, but we will work hard to prepare to give us the best chance we can. The 208 suits me most of the time, but at other times the feeling so not quite so good so we need to make some small adjustments to both me and the car so we are working totally together all the time. I know we will get there, and I’m really looking forward to going to some new tracks in the coming races.”
Timmy Hansen: “We're all very hungry for the next step.”
Swede Timmy Hansen finished third at Peugeot’s home event in France last time out after dominating the heat stages. Now confident that he can run right at the front of the World RX field with the 208WRX, Hansen is targeting the cars first win sooner rather than later.
“This season has been extremely competitive. I knew it wasn't going to be easy, and we have been developing the car during the races so the challenge has almost been doubled. I'm sixth in the standings at the moment, and Peugeot-Hansen is third in the constructor’s championship, but we aren't focusing on that too much. We want to win a race before the season is finished, that's all I can think about right now. It was very special to step onto the podium in Belgium and France. Finally stepping up on the podium was amazing and very emotional for all of us. Now we have done it three times in a row and we're all very hungry for the next step!”
Kenneth Hansen: “We have a lot of confidence in the 208WRX and our drivers.”
Team principle Kenneth Hansen was delighted that Team Peugeot-Hansen were the pace setting team in Loheac last time out, and came away with the most team points from the event. Hansen is confident that using the squads knowledge and experience, they are ready for the challenge of the Estering this weekend and the brand new circuit in Italy just one week later.
“We have worked hard to adapt the cars for the track in Germany as much as we can. We have the third car now which allows us to try different things in testing to speed up our development. We made some good steps forward before Loheac with the settings on the 208WRX, and also during the event. We have a lot of confidence in the car and both of our drivers, so hopefully we can be on the podium again in Germany and make it four in a row, that’s our goal. We are very interested to go to Italy too, a new place for rallycross, we are really looking forward to it.”
The ninth round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship at Buxtehude will be broadcast on television in over 120 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 CET)
Saturday 20th September
11.00 Open Practice
13:15 Heat 1
Heat 2 follows
Sunday 21st September
08:00 Warm Up
09:30 Heat 3
Heat 4 follows
15:00 Semi Finals and Final
FIA World Rallycross Championship Drivers standings (after round 8 / 12):
1 Petter Solberg (PSRX, Citroen DS3) 185
2 Reinis Nitiss (OlsbergsMSE, Ford Fiesta) 157
3 Toomas Heikkinen (Marklund Motorsport, VW Polo) 146
4 Andreas Bakkerud (OlsbergsMSE, Ford Fiesta) 126
5 Anton Marklund (Marklund Motorsport, VW Polo) 123
7 Timmy Hansen (Team Peugeot-Hansen, Peugeot 208) 118
6 Timur Timerzyanov (Team Peugeot-Hansen, Peugeot 208) 111
FIA World Rallycross Championship Teams standings (after round 8 / 12):
1 OlsbergsMSE/Ford 283
2 Marklund Motorsport/Volkswagen 271
3 Team Peugeot-Hansen 229
4 PSRX 117
5 Monster Energy World RX Team 79
6 Albatec Racing 32