Reigning European Rallycross champion Timur Timerzyanov will be looking to make it to the finals this weekend as the FIA World Rallycross Championship heads to Lydden Hill race circuit in England.
Both Tymerzyanov and Timmy Hansen narrowly missed out on spots in the final after going out in the semi-finals in Montelegre, Portugal after showing impressive pace throughout the weekend.
Team Peugeot-Hansen had limited pre-season testing in the Peugeot 208WRX heading in to the first race weekend, “We just drove with what we had in Portugal,” explained Timerzyanov, “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.”
Team-mate Timmy Hansen is looking forward to getting out on track again, “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,
“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.”
Team principle, Kenneth Hansen knows Lydden Hill well, having taken 14 European Rallycross titles as a driver himself.”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.”
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