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The PEUGEOT 208 WRXs Ready to Pounce at Home Round!

FIA WORLD RALLYCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP 2016 - CANANDA - TROIS RIVIERES - PHOTO : @tWorld / Paulo Maria

CANANDA – TROIS RIVIERES – PHOTO : @tWorld / Paulo Maria

 

Press Release (8/29/2016)

With its win in Canada still fresh in everyone’s minds, Team Peugeot Hansen has switched its focus to France’s round of the 2016 FIA World Rallycross Championship on September 3-4 with renewed determination. Sébastien Loeb and Timmy Hansen are both ready to roar in their respective PEUGEOT 208 WRXs to light up Lohéac.

Thanks to its success at Trois Rivières (Canada), Team Peugeot Hansen is now only 30 points short of the lead in the provisional Teams’ standings. The French car maker hopes that the visit to its home venue and its appearance in front of home fans will allow it to close that gap even further.

For once, Sébastien Loeb will be on known territory in Brittany since he contested the Lohéac round of the European Rallycross Championship in 2013. His participation that year attracted a record attendance for the discipline and the figure of 75, 000 spectators might well be beaten this time round.

“The French round of the championship”, said Loeb, “is obviously something special. For me, it will be one of the few venues I already knew before the start of the season. Having said that, the other drivers are so sharp that I don’t think it will make much of a difference. I have fond memories of my participation in 2013. It was my first taste of rallycross which is an extremely popular sport in this part of France. I think the circuit’s profile should suit the PEUGEOT 208 WRX and I hope we are competitive in front of our home crowd.”

Timmy Hansen will be out to build on the momentum of his victories in Canada three weeks ago and at Lohéac this time last year.

“Canada three weeks ago was perhaps the best performance I have ever posted in a final,” exclaimed Hansen, “so I’m feeling pumped up for Lohéac which is a circuit I have always enjoyed. It is quite special and, like many tracks, gives good grip, which is something I appreciate. The atmosphere is always unique, too, a bit like Le Mans. My win at Lohéac last year was simply unforgettable.”

 CANANDA - TROIS RIVIERES - PHOTO : @tWorld / Paulo Maria

CANANDA – TROIS RIVIERES – PHOTO : @tWorld / Paulo Maria

After skipping a round, the Peugeot Hansen Academy returns with PEUGEOT 208 WRXs for team regulars Davy Jeanney and Kevin Hansen.

A new episode of our WorldRX Inside web series is out. This time, Susann Hansen talks about one of Rallycross’s specificities: the draw for the qualifying start order https://youtu.be/P6a7GaMMUEY

Friday, September 2
4:00pm: Qualifying order draw

Saturday, September 3
10:30am: Free Practice
2:00pm: Qualifying 1
4:00pm: Qualifying 2

Sunday, September 4
8:00am: Warm up
9:10am: Qualifying 3
11:20am: Qualifying 4
3:00pm: semi-finals and final

TV COVERAGE
Broadcast in 120 countries à http://www.fiaworldrallycross.com/article/tvlisting. The semi-finals and final will be broadcast live in France on L’Equipe 21 and in Sweden on SVT.

Scott Speed Takes Third Straight Red Bull Global Rallycross Win in Inaugural Atlantic City Showdown

Scott Speed competes at Red Bull Global Rallycross in Atlantic City

Scott Speed competes at Red Bull Global Rallycross in Atlantic City

Press Release (08/29/2016)

Defending Red Bull Global Rallycross champion Scott Speed earned his third straight race victory on Sunday, taking the checkered flag in the series’ inaugural visit to Atlantic City. Patrik Sandell and Brian Deegan completed the podium after a hectic final lap that saw late ends to the podium hopes of both Tanner Foust and Steve Arpin.

“Tanner pulled a super awesome move at the beginning, and from that point on we set the tone that we were going to be aggressive in the dirt,” Speed explained. “That’s the risk that you take out there with the ruts that develop, and I had to be at that same aggression level for the first couple of laps to catch up to him.”

An aggressive first lap saw Speed, the event polesitter and winner of all of his preliminary rounds, trade the lead multiple times with teammate Foust. Though it was Foust who would grab the lead out of the lap, Speed would finally close the gap, get past, and open up a gap of his own in the race’s final stages.

Chaos then broke loose on the final lap of the eight-lap main event. Sandell had saved his Joker Lap until the very final circuit, jumping from a top-five position to second place. Behind them, Deegan muscled past his Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Arpin to get to fourth, before doing the same to Foust in a reversal of last month’s final lap in Washington DC.

Competitors take the jump at Red Bull Global Rallycross in Atlantic City

Competitors take the jump at Red Bull Global Rallycross in Atlantic City

“A couple laps from the end, that aggression from Tanner ended with a tire de-beading,” Speed continued. “Some of that is bad luck, and some of that is aggression—it was very give and take out there, and you had to decide how aggressive you had to take that dirt and how much risk you wanted to take.”

In GRC Lites, Alex Keyes concluded his limited schedule with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing with his fourth career victory and first win of the season. AF Racing Team’s Travis PeCoy placed second, earning his first career podium, while CORE autosport’s Colin Braun was third.

Full results from Red Bull GRC Atlantic City are as follows:

  1. Scott Speed, #41 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Beetle
  2. Patrik Sandell, #18 Bryan Herta Rallysport Ford Fiesta ST
  3. Brian Deegan, #38 Chip Ganassi Racing Ford Fiesta ST
  4. Tanner Foust, #34 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Beetle
  5. Steve Arpin, #00 Chip Ganassi Racing Ford Fiesta ST
  6. Sebastian Eriksson, #93 Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE Civic Coupe
  7. Austin Dyne, #14 AD Racing Ford Fiesta ST
  8. Nelson Piquet Jr., #07 SH Rallycross Ford Fiesta ST
  9. Sverre Isachsen, #11 Subaru Rally Team USA WRX STI
  10. Bucky Lasek, #81 Subaru Rally Team USA WRX STI
  11. Chris Atkinson, #55 Subaru Rally Team USA WRX STI
  12. Joni Wiman, #31 Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE Civic Coupe
  13. Kevin Eriksson, #96 Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE Civic Coupe

The 2016 Red Bull Global Rallycross season resumes in Seattle on September 16-17 at Evergreen Speedway. Tickets are on sale now at http://www.redbullglobalrallycross.com/tickets. Red Bull GRC Seattle will be shown on Sunday, September 18 at 1:30PM ET on NBC and 2PM ET on Red Bull TV.

Lomax Heads to Lydden to Keep Championship Dream Alive

Qualifying 3. MSA British Rallycross Championship Round 5 2016. Duivelsberg Circuit, Massmechelen, Belgium. (c) MATT BRISTOW | Rubber Duck Does Automotive Photography

Qualifying 3. MSA British Rallycross Championship Round 5 2016. Duivelsberg Circuit, Massmechelen, Belgium. (c) MATT BRISTOW

 

Press Release (08/25/2016) 

Craig Lomax (Pontefract) heads to Lydden Hill in Kent with the aim to keep his titledefence on track, although currently lying second in the S1600 British Championship, reliability has been a constant curse throughout the season. “The aim at Lydden is to finish, it’s a priority to finish the last three races if I want to defend my championship title”.

The XtremeRX team have worked hard since the last event in Belgium, in which Craig had to retire the Citroen C2 S1600 in the semi final when when an oil pipe split on the oil cooler. The Milltek Sport, Baxi Boilers back driver also said “We’ve made some great improvements to the suspension over the last few rounds and I’m really getting to understand the direction we need to head with the car, we just need to get to the end of the event to get the results the car deserves”.

The team recently took the C2 to the home of Hull FC to take part in the Humber Car Show to help raise money for various charities and to also help raise the awareness of British Rallycross. Sabrina got a lot of attention throughout the day, especially our unique, one of a kind, manifold from Milltek Sport.

Craig will go door-to-door with the other S1600 competitors at Lydden Hill, Kent on Monday 29th August, action on track will start at aprox 9AM.

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ABOUT CRAIG LOMAX

Craig Lomax is well known as one of the top British Rallycross drivers in active competition, forging his way up the ranks since his RX debut in 2011. Craig started out racing in the BTRDA stock hatch championship in 2011 with a self built Citroen Saxo. Craig, along with his team, went on to develop the Saxo into an MSA British stock hatch Championship winning car.

On his way to success, Craig has not only developed a winning car but developed his own driving ability, he is now capable of racing against the best the RX world can offer.

In 2014, Craig secured his first of two British Championship titles when he took overall victory in the Saxo. His second came the year after when Craig jumped up a category after buying a S1600 Citroen C2. The team have continued to develop the C2 over the last two seasons, championship victory in 2015 and 2016 has put Craig in a hard fought battle to defend his title.

Qualifying 3. MSA British Rallycross Championship Round 5 2016. Duivelsberg Circuit, Massmechelen, Belgium. (c) MATT BRISTOW | Rubber Duck Does Automotive Photography

Qualifying 3. MSA British Rallycross Championship Round 5 2016. Duivelsberg Circuit, Massmechelen, Belgium. (c) MATT BRISTOW

2011 – 2nd Autosport International BTRDA Stock Hatch Championship
2012 -1st Lucas Oils BTRDA Stock Hatch Championship (5 wins from 6 round)
12th Monster Energy MSA Hot Hatch Championship (Only contested 1 round)
2013 – 2nd Monster Energy MSA Hot Hatch Championship
2014 – 1st
MSA Hot Hatch Championship (with one round remaining)
2015 – 1st MSA S1600 Champinship
2016 – Currently 2nd overall with 3 rounds remaining

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O CANADA

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Press Release (08/02/2016)

The waiting for more action of the FIA World Rallycross Championship comes to an end this weekend. EKS enters round 7 in Trois-Rivières leading both World RX championships. In the drivers’ standings Mattias Ekström is five points ahead of Petter Solberg. EKS tops the teams’ standings with a 32 points gap on Team Peugeot Hansen. “It’s the first overseas event of the year and I’m really looking forward to coming back to Canada,” says Ekström.

“After the short summer break our batteries are recharged and EKS is aiming for the next top spot on the podium. “Three victories so far is not too bad, but after leaving our home round in Sweden without any trophy or champagne, we are even more motivated to make it four in Canada”,” says Ekström, who turned 38 years old recently.

Not only the team boss is looking for additional silverware. Toomas “Topi” Heikkinen made it to the Canada RX final back-to-back in the last two years and finished in second place in 2015. “ “My aim is to make it three in a row,” said Heikkinen, “and to grab another trophy at the end. It’s possible for sure, because the track suits both me and our Audi S1 EKS RX quattro. The long straight is spectacular and the two jumps are really nice after the adjustments have been made in 2015.”” Read more

MOMENTUM CONTINUES FOR SCOTT SPEED

Scott Speed's Volkswagen Beetle after his win at Red Bull Global Rallycross in Jacksonville, NC on 2 July, 2016

Scott Speed’s VW Beetle after his win at Red Bull GRC, 2 July, 2016

Scott Speed kept the momentum up from his victory at MCAS New River, and crept up on teammate Tanner Foust in the championship standings, by winning Saturday’s Red Bull Global Rallycross Washington DC at RFK Stadium. Patrik Sandell, one of Speed’s top challengers all weekend, placed second, while Foust came home third over Brian Deegan.

“First of all, thank you so much to the fans who came out here at our nation’s capital,” said Speed. “There’s no question that this is the race that we all look forward to the most. It’s so great racing here. It means so much to get back to back wins. We are back in the championship hunt—two wins in a row, and we are on a great roll.”

Though the points may say that Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross drivers Speed and Foust swept all six heats and semifinals, their path to doing so was anything but easy—especially in the semifinals. Joni Wiman, the Supercar champion from two years ago, pressured Speed all the way around the course in the first semifinal; in the second, Patrik Sandell used the Joker Lap to jump from fourth to first, only for Foust to muscle his way back into the spot in the dirt section. Steve Arpin won the last chance qualifier.

A downpour just before the LCQ washed out the track for the final two sessions, meaning the main event would be a clean slate for the first two rows of drivers. Fortunately for Speed, the polesitter, he was able to retain the top spot coming around the course for the first time, while Sandell, twice a podium finisher in DC over the past two years, jumped to second.

Those two drivers would hold their spots for the remainder of the race, leaving the real battle for third place. Deegan held the spot for much of the race, frustrating Foust in his repeated attempts to get by. It wasn’t until the final lap that the two-time Supercar champion finally found a way around his former teammate to put both VARX cars on the podium.

“I was inhaling the mud from Deegan from the whole race,” said Foust. “We were going back and forth with Brian, and it was such a fun race. I’ll be honest with you, this is such a sketchy track and getting blinded by another car makes it hard to do anything, but it’s super exciting. I tried to stick my nose in there a couple of times—I spun one time and I thought it was over at that point, but I was able to get back. We have been pushing really hard, Scott and I, and we have been really fortunate to get up here a few times. Honestly, behind the scenes the cars are getting torn down, rebuilt, over and over again. On my side, you have the crew just going absolutely at it to build it for the race out here in time. It’s incredible.”

Results from Saturday’s Red Bull Global Rallycross Washington DC, the eighth round of the 2016 Red Bull GRC season:

1.     Scott Speed, #41 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Beetle

2.     Patrik Sandell, #18 Bryan Herta Rallysport Ford Fiesta ST

3.     Tanner Foust, #34 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Beetle

4.     Brian Deegan, #38 Loenbro Chip Ganassi Racing Ford Fiesta ST

5.     Joni Wiman, #31 Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE Civic Coupe

6.     Steve Arpin, #00 Loenbro Chip Ganassi Racing Ford Fiesta ST

7.     Nelson Piquet Jr., #07 SH Rallycross/DRR Ford Fiesta ST

8.     Austin Dyne, #14 AD Racing Ford Fiesta ST

9.     Bucky Lasek, #81 Subaru Rally Team USA WRX STI

10.  Sebastian Eriksson, #93 Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE Civic Coupe

11.  Sverre Isachsen, #11 Subaru Rally Team USA WRX

 DRIVER POINTS:

1.     Tanner Foust, 350

2.     Scott Speed, 344

3.     Steve Arpin, 315

4.     Patrik Sandell, 299

5.     Brian Deegan, 293

6.     Joni Wiman, 235

7.     Sebastian Eriksson, 227

8.     Austin Dyne, 143

9.     Jeff Ward, 134

10.  Rhys Millen, 96

11.  Bucky Lasek, 26

12.  Nelson Piquet Jr., 24

13.  Sverre Isachsen, 6

14.  Sebastian Saavedra, 3

MANUFACTURER POINTS:

1.     Volkswagen, 32

2.     Ford, 28

3.     Honda, 24

4.     Subaru, 4

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