Peugeot 208 ready for WRX 2017
Team Peugeot Hansen will be back in action for this year’s FIA World Rallycross Championship, which promises to deliver yet another fiercely-fought season.
The Franco-Swedish 2015 title-winning squad is busy preparing for its fourth campaign in the rapidly-developing series, with the first event on the calendar due to kick off in Barcelona, Spain, on April 1 and 2.
Building on its performance in 2016, when it secured runner-up honours in the Teams’ standings, Team Peugeot Hansen will once again run two, 2017-specification, 208 WRXs, for Sébastien Loeb and Timmy Hansen.
Loeb and Hansen already have the 2017 Drivers’ and Teams’ crowns in their sights, while the young Kevin Hansen will continue his apprenticeship of the world series.
The 18-year-old is year’s European Rallycross Champion, who was crowned the FIA’s “Rookie of the Year 2016”. He will contest the entire series in a 2016-specification 208 WRX with a view to gaining further experience at the discipline’s top class.
Kenneth Hansen, team principal at Peugeot Hansen, said: “The 2017 World Rallycross Championship is shaping up to be a big challenge, with four manufacturers involved this time round. The level is clearly going to be higher than ever, so we won’t be able to afford to relax an instant if we want to come first.
“Team Peugeot Hansen’s target has always been to perform to the best of its ability at every round in order to finish on the top step of the podium. All the ingredients are in place to achieve just that and, if all the work we have put in since last season pays off, we believe we can do the job.
“The principal goal will be to provide our drivers with a Peugeot 208 WRX in which they feel fully confident so that they can do their magic. If we manage to do that, we will be in the thick of the fight for both titles.”