Team Peugeot-Hansen enjoyed its best weekend so far in this years FIA World Rallycross Championship, with last weekends event that took place on home soil for the Peugeot Works Team at Loheac in France.
Timmy Hansen, in only his second season of top flight rallycross, completely dominated the first three Heats, taking a win in each of the three races he competed in and leading the Heat standings on Day One. He went on to take third place in the Supercar Final in his Peugeot 208, taking his second podium finish since Belgium and giving the team its third Supercar Final podium in a row.
Double European Rallycross Champion Timur Timerzyanov also showed good pace and had to work hard to follow up his young team mate. In the Heat One race, the Russian took second place behind Anton Marklund. In Heat Three, they were close again, however Timerzyanov won his Heat Four race to progress to the Semi-Final’s with Hansen.
Hansen and Timerzyanov were both in Semi-Final One and although Hansen suffered a poor start due to low RPM, both drivers chased ESRX driver Pontus Tidemand to finish second and third and progress to the final, where contact between both drivers would leave Timerzyanov out with broken steering whilst Hansen would go on to his podium finish.
Hansen was happy with his Heat performance but not the final. “In the fourth heat I took it easy after a fantastic first three heats where I had been fastest. We had saved good tyres for the semi-final and final. Unfortunately I gambled a bit too much at the start of the semi-final and I dropped back to last place after being on pole.”
“I got pushed by Anton Marklund slightly in turn two, then the rest of the race was incredible. It was probably the best rallycross race I have ever done to get up to second. We were in third for the final, I said to myself on the start line that I was going to push really hard for the win but again I made a small mistake and set the RPMs too low. I didn’t have the greatest start and again had to fight back. When I was in third position in the final I was pushing harder than I ever have this weekend. I’m disappointed not to win, but a podium for Peugeot in France is just amazing and it’s fantastic to be part of.”
Timerzyanov acknowledged it was a hard weekend and looked forward to Germany. “I’ve had quite a hard weekend here, my car has been giving good response to the changes we have made, but the driver has not been giving similar results. You can see that the car is very good because Timmy is half a second faster per lap than I am
“I don’t know what to do with my style of driving, perhaps for this type of track I need to work on my circuit racing style. In the final I made a good start, Timmy was on the inside of me having a battle with Pontus Tidemand and we touched. Unfortunately it changed my direction, I hit the metal work and it broke my steering. The next track in Germany is very different to here, this car suits me well so hopefully we can have a good result there.”
Team Boss Kenneth Hansen was happy with the teams performance over the weekend after recent testing. “We have worked hard since Canada to try to get to the next level of performance , we made some big improvements this week where we were testing with the new third car.
“After the practice and after the heats we proved that we had really taken a big step forward. In the semi-final and final it didn’t go our way completely, but we are happy because we were able to win here if things had gone our way. The next event in Germany is quite the opposite to here, we will try to test before then.”
Team Peugeot-Hansen now heads to the World RX of Germany in two weeks time, lying third overall in the Teams Championship on 229 points, looking to continue its run of podium finishes.