Team Peugeot-Hansen are becoming more and more convinced of the capabilities of their 2017-spec FIA World Rallycross Supercar, the latest Peugeot 208 WRX, particularly after seeing Timmy Hansen‘s strong performance on this weekend’s round four of the series, at Mettet in Belgium.
The young Swede showed good pace throughout the four qualifying rounds of the weekend, finishing a strong third overall. A convincing win in his semifinal put him on the front row for the all-important final, alongside two-time World Champion Petter Solberg in a PSRX Volkswagen Sweden VW Polo GTI. There, Timmy immediately gained an impressive lead, until a puncture on the final lap affected his performance, meaning he would finish second, in front of Solberg but behind Johan Kristoffersson‘s other Volkswagen Polo.
“I got away to a strong start in the final and succeeded in staying on Petter Solberg’s tail,” said Hansen. “I then found a way past on Lap 3 and held firm, despite his attempt to squeeze me into the tyre wall. After that, I put in some of the best laps I have ever posted in rallycross. I don’t think I will ever forget them.
“Once in front, I put in what felt like the perfect lap but they told me over the radio that I needed to go even faster, and that’s what I did, even though I didn’t believe that was possible. It was incredible! To be able to drive such a fantastic car is what I live for! Unfortunately, I punctured on the last lap and I finished my joker lap in second place. How frustrating! I had victory in my grasp, but it’s still great to have finished on the podium again.”
The next challenge for Team Peugeot-Hansen comes no later than this month, at the World RX of Great Britain on the historic venue of Lydden Hill, where Timmy finished third last year.