Lydden Hill Suits the Peugeot-Hansen Team
The Peugeot-Hansen team had reason to be happy during the heats in round one of the FIA World Rallycross Championship in Portugal earlier this month and now they’re heading to England for round two at the Lydden Hill Race Circuit. Two-time European champion Timur Timerzyanov and teammate Timmy Hansen set competitive times throughout the heats in their Peugeot 208WRXs. Unfortunately, Hansen’s car was plagued by electrical issues during the semi-final. Timerzyanov was pushed down to fourth position during the semi-finals and was unable to advance to the finals.
When asked about his expectations for round two Hansen said, “Lydden Hill is a circuit that suits me and my driving style. It’s about high speed, big commitment, fast corners, and I’m very comfortable with that, the circuit is completely me. In Portugal, the 208 felt great on those types of corners; you can push hard on the entry and still get a good exit, so it should be a good match for Lydden Hill. Before Portugal we didn’t know what to expect from the car and I was very surprised and pleased at how good it was to drive. I didn’t have to fight against it and it did exactly what I wanted. Hopefully both Timur and I can have a good run at Lydden Hill and we can fight for a good result.”
Timerzyanov topped the leader board at the Intermediate Classification in Portugal, having set the fastest times in both of the first two heats, and he says he’s confident that the team is making good progress with the new car. “We just drove with what we had in Portugal, and although of course we have changes to make to improve things, we have a very good package. We are already at a higher level than we expected, and if we work as a team, we can improve a lot more yet,” said Timerzyanov. “Last year at Lydden Hill I wasn’t able to get the result I wanted because I got a puncture in the final. But I’m confident we can have a strong result this weekend and improve our position in the teams championship.”
Kenneth Hansen, team principal and winner of 14 European rallycross titles, is excited to take the new Red Bull Peugeot 208WRXs to Lydden Hill this weekend. “Lydden Hill is a very different circuit to Portugal, I think it suits our team and drivers more. We hope to have solved the small technical problems we had in Portugal, and we believe we can get a good result in England. I feel good going into round two, we were very late getting this project together but we showed good pace in Portugal,” Hansen said. “There is a lot to learn in many respects, not only from the technical side on the cars, but with everything.” Hansen said the team project has given him a new lease on life and motivation to succeed for the team, drivers, and partners. “It’s fantastic to have Peugeot involved. As a manufacturer they’re very interested and enthusiastic about rallycross. That’s very exciting for the whole team,” said Hansen.
The Lydden Hill race will be broadcast in over 100 countries around the globe. The event will be shown live on Sunday afternoon in France on L’Equipe 21, in Sweden on Viasat Sport, and in the UK on British Eurosport.
Source: Peugeot Sport via Media.com
Header photo: EuropeanMotorsportNews.com
The schedule for the event:
Saturday May 24
9:00 – Open practice
11:15 – Heats 1 & 2
Sunday May 25
10:30 – Warm-up
11:30 – Heat 3 & 4
15:00 – Semifinals and final