Kenneth Hansen: we took a big leap forward at Hockenheim


Peugeot-Hansen's team principal, Kenneth Hansen (left) with Peugeot Sport boss Bruno Famin at Hockenheim Credit: Paulo Maria /DPPI

It was a weekend of strong results for French-Swedish Team Peugeot-Hansen at round three of the FIA World Rallycross Championship at Hockenheim, Germany: not only for Timmy Hansen, who scored the team’s second-consecutive podium finish, but his Q4 win, combined with Sébastien Loeb‘s domination in both the opening qualifying sessions, turned the Peugeot 208 WRX into the car to beat.

Going into the semifinals, the team’s hopes were running high, but just before the start, drizzle all across the circuit made it all rather tricky. Both Timmy and Loeb made it to the final, finishing third and fifth overall, respectively.

Although not winning, the team still brought home an impressive 46 championship points, more than any other team, which meant both drivers improved their championship standings, with the eldest Hansen brother leapfrogging three places to fifth, and Loeb fourth, up two spots.

There was plenty to be happy about for Peugeot-Hansen’s team principal, Kenneth Hansen. The fourteen-time European Rallycross champion explained, “We took a big leap forward today.”

“When the conditions were dry, we were in our element and the result was three heat wins in qualifying. The semi-finals and final were more of a mixed bag after the rain, though, but Timmy ended up on the podium and Team Peugeot Hansen was the highest points-scorer at Hockenheim. That’s all very encouraging ahead of next weekend’s trip to Mettet…”

Peugeot-Hansen, and particularly Sébastien Loeb, are eager to clinch their first win at the next round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship in Mettet, Belgium, next weekend, on the track where Loeb achieved his first-ever WRX podium last year.