The Lions off to South Africa for the PEUGEOT 208 WRX

The Lions off to South Africa for the PEUGEOT 208 WRX

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The Lions off to South Africa for the PEUGEOT 208 WRXs’ swansong appearance of 2017

This year’s FIA World Rallycross Championship draws to a close with the competition’s first ever visit to South Africa and Team Peugeot Hansen has pulled out all the stops in its bid to conclude the year in style on November 11-12. Sébastien Loeb and Timmy Hansen have two targets for the season’s finale: to win outright and make sure of second place in the 2017 Teams’ standings.

  • Team Peugeot Hansen and its opponents will compete at a purpose-built circuit in Killarney, some 20 kilometres north of Cape Town. The fact that Africa’s southernmost city is towered over by a peak known as Lion’s Head is perhaps a good omen.
  • With a score of nine podium finishes from 11 outings to its name so far this season, Team Peugeot Hansen is determined to add a victory to its score in South Africa. At the same time, the PEUGEOT 208 WRX 2017 stars Sébastien Loeb and Timmy Hansen have been tasked with making sure of securing runner-up honours in this year’s Teams’ championship. The FrancoSwedish operation is provisionally 28 points clear of its closest threat.
  • First organised in 2014, the FIA World Rallycross Championship is continuing to expand its geographical coverage. After rounds in Europe, America and Asia, world motorsport’s most boisterous series is making its first stop in Africa, a continent that has frequently been successful for Peugeot Sport over the years. Peugeot vehicles are also marketed in South Africa and, in the first half of 2017, Groupe PSA signed a joint-venture deal with VT Holdings to reinforce its foothold in the country.

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Kenneth Hansen (Team Principal):

“It’s only once we are there that we will be able to get a true feel for the place. We will be looking out for details like the quality of the asphalt and the profile of the dirt section. That said, I’ve had nothing but good feedback about Cape Town. The championship’s promoters say it promises to be the best race of the year, so we are curious to see how the first WRX round to be held in Africa goes. Everyone will be on an equal footing there. I think only Petter Solberg has lapped the track a few times, but not in a Supercar. There’s every reason to be optimistic.”

Sébastien Loeb (PEUGEOT 208 WRX #9):

“I can’t wait to see this new circuit and discover another new country. My only experience of Africa to date is limited to the Safari Rally in Kenya, which I remember vividly, and cross-country rallying’s Rallye du Maroc. I presume that South Africa will be very different and I’m thrilled that the 2017 WRX finale gives me a chance to find out for myself. I am fired up for the finale and my sights are very much set on the weekend’s win.”

Timmy Hansen (PEUGEOT 208 WRX #21):

“Everything new about the trip to South Africa will be new to me, from the track to the country, and even the continent itself. I hope I succeed in finding my marks very quickly so that I can do the best job possible. Since coming second at Estering, I realise I need to be a little more relaxed, but I feel quite confident ahead of the year’s finale.”

Kevin Hansen (PEUGEOT 208 WRX #71)

“This circuit will be new for everyone. I hope its suits the PEUGEOT 208 WRX, and more particularly the 2016 version of the car. I am hoping to reach the final again, as I did at Estering. Thanks to my strong result in Germany, I feel reasonably relaxed ahead of the last round of the season.”

THE CIRCUIT

  • Length: 1.060km
  • Asphalt/dirt: 60% / 40%

TIMETABLE (local time, UTC+2) Saturday, November 11

  • 9:15am: Free practice
  • 1:00pm: Q1
  • 3:40pm: Q2

Sunday, November 12

  • 10:00am: Q3
  • 12:00 noon: Q4
  • 3:00pm: Semi-finals and final

TEAM PEUGEOT HANSEN WEB SERIES

For the last episode of 2017, WorldRX Inside invites you to follow the work of Team Peugeot Hansen’s mechanics in an action-packed clip! https://youtu.be/4-xAe7cjMis

FOCUS OF THE WEEK

Although Development Engineer Clément Lauté rarely attends races, he makes a key contribution to the performance of the PEUGEOT 208 WRX  http://hansen-motorsport.se/nyhet-the-tools-weuse-when-we-go-testing-enable-us-to-understand-the-car-better-.aspx

PROVISIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS AFTER 11 ROUNDS

Drivers’ standings

  1. Johan Kristoffersson (Volkswagen Polo GTI), 286 points
  2. Petter Solberg (Volkswagen Polo GTI), 234 points
  3. Mattias Ekström (Audi S1), 233 points
  4. Sébastien Loeb (PEUGEOT 208 WRX), 204 points
  5. Andreas Bakkerud (Ford Focus RS), 179 points
  6. Timmy Hansen (PEUGEOT 208 WRX), 175 points
  7. Toomas Heikkinen (Audi S1), 118 points
  8. Ken Block (Ford Focus RS), 101 points
  9. Kevin Hansen (PEUGEOT 208 WRX), 101 points
  10. Kevin Eriksson (Ford Fiesta), 94 points

Teams’ standings

  1. Volkswagen PSRX, 496 points
  2. Team Peugeot Hansen, 379 points
  3. EKS Audi, 351 points
  4. Hoonigan Racing Division, 280 points
  5. MJP Racing Team Austria, 194 points