An action-packed weekend for Team Peugeot-Hansen at round five of the FIA World Rallycross Championship in Great Britain, held for the last time at the Lydden Hill circuit in Kent.
Although none of the team’s three cars made it to the podium, both French rally ace Sébastien Loeb and younger team-mate, Swede Timmy Hansen, reached the final, finishing fourth and sixth, respectively; Hansen also qualified fastest in Q4. As for third car entry, Kevin Hansen (Timmy’s younger brother), a faulty fuel injector prematurely ended his Q2 run, badly affecting his performance throughout the weekend.
Nevertheless, the drivers’ efforts still brought home many precious championship points, which helped the French-Swedish outfit climb up to second overall in the Teams’ standings, overtaking EKS but still trailing pace-setters PSRX Volkswagen Sweden who also dominated the British weekend.
“It was a bit of a strange weekend, reckons Peugeot-Hansen’s team principal, Kenneth Hansen.
We didn’t really show the speed we had been hoping for until Q4 and neither of our drivers was able to fulfil their full potential in the final.
“Sébastien had to deal with an overheating engine and Timmy punctured on Lap 2. Even so, we managed to come away from Lydden Hill with a good points haul which has taken us to second in the Teams’ standings. We are continuing to work on the car in order to be part of the battle for outright victory.
“We feel that a win is within reach but we still have nothing to show for our efforts this season.”
The team’s next challenge will be at round six, 10-11 June at Hell, Norway. Timmy clearly has fond memories of the 2015 edition, which he dominated from Q2 onwards, going on to a final win, ahead of his then team-mate, Frenchman Davy Jeanney.