Dusty Silverware in Argentina

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EKSRX Press Release 11/30/15

EKS celebrated a successful season finale at the last round of the 2015 FIA World Rallycross Championship in Argentina. In a breathtaking final at the Rosario Autódromo, Mattias Ekström crossed the finish line in second position, only 0.453 seconds behind winner Robin Larsson. The two Swedes battled hard during the entire six-lap race. In the end, Ekström missed his second victory by a blink, after the stunning success on home soil in Höljes. The EKS team boss and driver secured silverware for the third time this year. In the drivers’ championship, Ekström finished sixth overall – as EKS completed the season fifth in the teams’ standings.

“It was a crazy weekend in many ways,” says Ekström. “I have never seen so much dust at a rallycross event before. Thanks to our good starts and pace, we leave Argentina with another trophy. I would love to win the race, but I’m happy with P2. In my opinion I was faster than Robin, but he gave me no option to overtake and after a mistake in the slippery joker lap, I lost too much time. Congrats to Petter Solberg, he deserves the World Champion title. We are proud that we beat him today and will enjoy the trophy and the good weather in now.”

Anton Marklund made it to his sixth consecutive World RX semi-final and ended up in the tyre barrier. “I was P5 after the first two heats. Unfortunately in the third race I had some contact and due to the low visibility I was only P10 in the Intermediate Classification. Starting from the last row in the semi-final was tough. I pushed as hard as I could, but during the second last lap my race was over. On the dusty tarmac it felt like somebody ripped the carpet away from under my feet and I went sideways into the tyre barrier. The car is not too bad, but it’s not the end of the season I hoped for. It’s a pity.”

What you should also know from Argentina …

It’s always special to be part of the FIA World Rallycross Championship parades within the context of the events around the globe. The weekend opener in Rosario was even more exciting. Thousands of fans joined us in the city centre of the third biggest city in Argentina and went nuts when Anton Marklund showed his skills in the Audi S1 EKS RX quattro.


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PEUGEOT 208 WRX Driver Timmy Hansen Ends World Rallycross Championship as the 2015 Vice-Champion

AUTOMOBILE: ARGENTINA - ROSARIO - WRX - 27/11/2015 TO 29/11/2015

Peugeot Sport Press Release  11/29/15

Team Peugeot Hansen had been hoping to celebrate it recent 2015 world title with victory another in Argentina. Despite what turned out to be something of a chaotic weekend, unworthy of an FIA world championship fixture, the team rounded off its glittering campaign with Timmy Hansen claiming runner-up honours.

After winning two of the three qualifying heats and the second semi-final, Timmy Hansen got away to a perfect start in the final in Rosario and a sixth win to conclude Team Peugeot Hansen’s season seemed a realistic possibility. However, some shoving by a driver who had got away less well forced the 208 WRX off its line, causing Timmy to fall down the order. While he was doing his utmost to make up lost ground, the Swede’s race ended on Lap 4. Even so, the frustrating conclusion to the year didn’t prevent him from finishing second in the 2015 World Rallycross Championship for Drivers behind back-to-back title winner Petter Solberg, a remarkable ascension for the Team Peugeot Hansen youngster who came fourth in last year’s championship.

Meanwhile, after showing real promise from the start of the season, the PEUGEOT 208 WRX emerged as the car to beat from the fifth round at Estering, Germany, onwards. In total, the Franco-Swedish outfit’s Timmy Hansen and Davy Jeanney notched up five wins and 11 podium finishes to clinch the Teams’ title for Team Peugeot Hansen at the year’s penultimate clash at Franciacorta, Italy.

2014: 4th, Teams’ championship / 4th, Drivers’ championship

2015: 1st, Teams’ championship / 2nd, Drivers’ championship

Roll on the 2016 WorldRX 2016!


Kenneth Hansen (Team Principal)

At the start of the year, our aim was to win the Teams’ title. During the early part of the season, it took a little time for us to find our marks but we found our legs after the first four rounds. This weekend, we were really motivated and ready to pounce on even the tiniest opportunity to clinch the Drivers’ title. Indeed, we got both cars into the semi-finals and Timmy was in perfect control. He ended up being pushed out of contention, however. Obviously, we weren’t happy but he did his best to fight back before spinning. We are still very pleased with our performance in Argentina, though. We have a solid base from which to improve next season and we have every intention of hitting the ground running in 2016.

Timmy Hansen, N°21 PEUGEOT 208 WRX

“Once again, the Peugeot 208 WRX was fantastic to drive. This weekend, it was so easy, so responsive, so quick… I think it was clear that we were the fastest in Rosario. I had a great fight in my semi-final which I won. Unfortunately, they sprayed the track with water before the final when I was pushed a number of times and I ended up failing to finish. I’m disappointed not to have been able to challenge for another win but I still made sure of this year’s silver medal in the Drivers’ championship. I’m delighted! We were too far back to stand a real chance of catching Petter.”

AUTOMOBILE: ARGENTINA - ROSARIO - WRX - 27/11/2015 TO 29/11/2015

Davy Jeanney, N°17 PEUGEOT 208 WRX

I felt the car had potential from the start of the season but it took three or four races for everything to slot into place. After that, we found a good set-up which enabled us to put in a sequence of strong results, including two wins for me, in Germany and Canada, and a one-two finish in Norway. The last part of the season was a little tougher as far as I was concerned. We scored points at every round, though, and that helped us to clinch the Teams’ title, which wasn’t a bad way to wrap up my first season with Team Peugeot Hansen.


Round 13 (Rosario, Argentina, November 28-29, 2015) – final positions:

1.                  Robin Larsson (Audi S1)

2.                  Mattias Ekström (EKS, Audi S1)

3.                  Petter Solberg (SDRX, Citroën DS3)

4.                  Janis Baumanis (World RX Team Austria, Ford Fiesta)

5.                  Kevin Hansen (OlsbergMSE AB, Ford Fiesta ST)

6.                  Timmy Hansen (Team Peugeot Hansen, PEUGEOT 208 WRX),



 Larsson and Solberg
FIA World Rallycross Championship Press Release 11/29/15
Sweden’s Robin Larsson has won his first FIA World Rallycross Championship event after triumphing at this weekend’s TOTAL Rallycross of Argentina.  Mattias Ekstrom finished Argentina RX in second place, while Norway’s Petter Solberg was crowned the 2015 World RX Champion after securing the third podium spot.Argentina marked the final round of this year’s World RX presented by Monster Energy and both Solberg and Team Peugeot-Hansen’s Timmy Hansen could have taken the 2015 World RX drivers’ title in South America.  With a 26 point-lead going into the event, however, Solberg had successfully gained enough points at the Intermediate Classification to be crowned the 2015 World Champion.“It’s unbelievable to win another championship – and I want to thank my hard working team, who have travelled all round the world with me and share my passion for this fantastic sport,” grinned World RX Champion Solberg, who last week celebrated his 41st birthday. “It is not easy winning your second World RX title: nothing in rallycross is certain and I have been a bag of nerves today.  Rallycross is full of talented drivers and my team have fought so hard for this all year.  We have a lot of meetings coming up, and with some manufacturers, so we will see what happens.  What is most important is that I have a fantastic team and family that support me.  I will be back in 2016 for sure!”


Larsson’s win today makes him the eighth different driver to take a victory in this year’s World RX.  He also won the final Monster Energy Super Charge Award of 2015 after beating the others to the first corner of today’s final.

“I will remember this win my whole life – I can’t stop smiling,” said Larsson, whose father Lars is a two-time European Rallycross Champion.  “We have one of the smallest teams in the paddock and my guys work so hard – it means an incredible amount to take this win, especially at the end of the year.  The final was like driving on ice and Mattias [Ekstrom] was so close behind me, it was a great battle.  I’m sure there will be a big party tonight!”

Second-placed Ekstrom commended Larsson on his efforts. “I have to say Robin did a great job – we had a really good fight.  I’m happy for Petter too, he deserves to win the Championship. We’ve showed a lot of consistency in our last four races and I think we can come back even stronger next year.”

Fourth place was taken by Janis Baumanis, the Latvian’s superb drive in the World RX Team Austria prepared Fiesta rewarding him with his best Supercar result to date.  He explained: “It’s a perfect end to the year: firstly, I win the Super1600 Championship and now I get a top five result in World RX – it couldn’t be better!”

Hansen brothers Timmy and Kevin both reached the Argentina RX final but tricky track conditions saw the duo knocked out of podium contention when they made contact with each other on the fourth lap.  At just 17 years and six months, Kevin Hansen made history this weekend after being the youngest driver to race a Supercar in World RX. With only a short test ahead of Argentina, his fifth place finish is all the more impressive.  Kevin’s older brother Timmy finished sixth overall in Rosario and ends the season second the drivers’ standings – the Team Peugeot-Hansen driver having amassed a total of three World RX victories over the course of 2015 [Norway, France and Turkey].

In the battle for third place in the drivers’ championship, it was Team Volkswagen Sweden’s Johan Kristoffersson who took the accolade over Ford Olsbergs MSE driver Andreas Bakkerud.  The two drivers were separated by a handful of points going into today’s event but Bakkerud’s early exit from the first semi-final saw Kristoffersson score enough points to take third.  “My engine went in the semi-final so we had to stop but thankfully we had enough to beat Andreas by two points,” explained Kristoffersson.

In the 2015 teams’ championship, Team Peugeot-Hansen had already accrued enough points at the previous round in Italy to win the coveted title. Ford Olsbergs MSE finished second in the teams’ standings, while SDRX claimed third.

Paul Bellamy, World RX Managing Director for IMG, commented: “Results don’t lie: over the course of the season both Petter [Solberg] and Team Peugeot-Hansen have proved themselves worthy winners of their respective championships.  It’s also been great to witness our eighth different winner in World RX this weekend – congratulations to Robin on his debut RX victory. It’s great to see so many different drivers capable of winning in World RX, and this fact coupled with fantastic door-to-door racing means we are getting interest from more and more TV channels.  Today we had an encouraging number of broadcasters take our two-hour live show.  Next year promises to be another fantastic season, I expect to see many drivers capable of winning the championship and look forward to making the sport even more spectacular for our fans.”

The final results of Argentina RX can be found at www.fiaworldrallycross.com/results

Full championship standings including the 2015 drivers’ and teams’ championship, can be found at www.fiaworldrallycross.com/standings

Photos provided by FIA World Rallycross Championship Media

The Peugeot 208 WRX Heads for Argentina Finale

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Press Release 11/23/15

Six weeks after clinching this season’s FIA World Rallycross Championship Teams’ title at Franciacorta, Italy, Team Peugeot Hansen heads to Rosario, Argentina, on November 28-29, intent on adding a sixth victory to its 2015 record.

The last round of the 2015 FIA World Rallycross Championship is being hosted by Rosario, Argentina’s third-biggest city. After Team Peugeot Hansen wrapped up the year’s Teams’ crown at the year’s penultimate meeting in Italy, Read more


2015 FIA World Rallycross Championship // Round 11 // Istanbul, Turkey // 2-4 October 2015 // Worldwide Copyright: EKS/McKlein


Press Release 11/25/2015

The 2015 FIA World Rallycross Championship comes to an end at the Autódromo Rosario in Argentina. The final round of the season will be the longest trip of the entire campaign. Rosario, the third biggest city of the country, is a far cry from the EKS headquarters in Fagersta – about 12,500 kilometres. Read more

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