Hansen Hoping to break Winless Streak in Canada

by Phil Kinch

The 2018 World RX of Canada is the second anniversary of the last win that Timmy Hansen secured. With the second half of the 2018 FIA World Rallycross Championship getting underway at the Trois-Rivieres circuit, Hansen has high hopes.

With Team Peugeot Total bringing an upgraded 208 WRX to the World RX of Sweden for Hansen and team-mate Sebastien Loeb, the Swedish driver was well in the hunt for the win. He hopes to repeat that form this weekend.

Timmy Hansen’s first outing in the new Peugeot ended in retirement in Sweden.. Credit: Jaanus Ree / Red Bull Content Pool

“The win in Canada 2 years ago was actually my last win, although we’ve come very close since so there are many happy memories and a big motivation,” said Hansen.

“On that occasion, I was actually 1st reserve for the final, but we were in it after another competitor was excluded and then we came through the field to win a crazy race. The moral of the story is that you should never give up!”

Having tested the new car at the Riga circuit in Latvia during the season break to learn more about the car, Hansen is very confident that he can repeat the win he took in Canada in 2016 and also challenge for regular podiums for the rest of the season.

Hansen is already eager to challenge for podiums in the new Peugeot 208 in Canada. Credit: IMG / FIA World RX

“I’m very happy with the new PEUGEOT 208 WRX and the result that we so nearly had in Sweden. To be at this level in the 1st race with the car just shows the extraordinary potential for the future, and since then we’ve been working very hard to address some of the things we learned in Sweden.”

“As for Trois-Rivieres, it’s a place that I love: a proper rallycross circuit right in the middle of the town with a fantastic atmosphere. It’s very fast, so you need a good engine, and I think we have that.”

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