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Rallycross - Loeb, Hansen and their PEUGEOT 208 WRXs head for Canada


A month after its double-podium finish in Sweden, Team Peugeot Hansen has crossed the Atlantic for round seven of the 2016 FIA World Rallycross Championship in Trois Rivières, Canada (August 6-7). The team’s effort will be spearheaded by Sébastien Loeb and Timmy Hansen in their 550-plus horsepower PEUGEOT 208 WRXs.

Trois Rivières is situated halfway between Montreal and Québec. Its annual Grand Prix event is a motorsport extravaganza. This year’s menu features several disciplines, including Canadian NASCAR and, for the third time, the FIA World Rallycross Championship.

  • Team Peugeot Hansen is provisionally second in the Teams’ standings and is the outfit that harvested the highest number of points at the last two rounds (Norway and Sweden).
  • Since last month’s visit to Höljes, Sweden, Sébastien Loeb has been extremely busy since he took time to contest the Moscow-to-Beijing Silk Way Rally (total distance: more than 10, 000km!) for Team Peugeot Total in a PEUGEOT 2008 DKR.
  • We’ve got a new episode of our WorldRX Inside web series, too. This time, Sébastien Loeb takes a look at the mixed-surface format that is so dear to rallycross. The nine-time World Rally Championship has an interesting expert’s take on the subject.

Quote, Unquote …

Kenneth Hansen (Team Principal)
“We were very competitive in Canada last year. Davy Jeanney won the final and Timmy was outstanding in the heats, so we’re feeling quite confident this time round. We know the other teams have upped their game this season, so we will need to stay focused and make maximum use of the data we collected at the last round in Sweden. We had a test recently and we are convinced we will be up there in the fight for victory.”

Sébastien Loeb (#9 PEUGEOT 208 WRX, Team Peugeot Hansen)
“I don’t know Canada very well. I think I’ve only been there once before, for a film, so it’s nice to have the time to discover it a bit more. The track is obviously completely new to me. In fact, they have all been so far. I know it’s got the longest straight of the championship, with low walls very close to the ideal line. I will do my best to steer clear of them!”

Timmy Hansen (#21 PEUGEOT 208 WRX, Team Peugeot Hansen)
“I always enjoy Trois Rivières. It’s a great event and the track is based on a street circuit. The organisers work hard and they have produced a track that really fits the spirit of the world championship. I can’t wait to get started, especially as the PEUGEOT 208 WRX is very fast now and our team is extremely responsive.”

TIMETABLE (Local Time)

Friday, August 5
18:10: Draw for Qualifying 1

Saturday, August 6
9:00-12:00: Free practice
14:00: Qualifying 1
16:15: Qualifying 2

Sunday, August 7
8:25: Warm Up
9:30: Qualifying 3
11:30: Qualifying 4
15:00: Semi-Finales & final


FIA World Rallycross Championship - Drivers

  1. Mattias Ekström (EKS, Audi S1), 142 pts
  2. Petter Solberg (Peter Solberg World RX Team, Citroën DS3), 137 pts
  3. Andreas Bakkerud (Hoonigan Racing Division, Ford Focus RS), 110 points
  4. Sebastien Loeb (Team Peugeot Hansen, PEUGEOT 208 WRX), 106 pts
  5. Johan Kristoffersson (Volkswagen RX Sweden, Volkswagen Polo), 106 pts
  6. Timmy Hansen (Team Peugeot Hansen, PEUGEOT 208 WRX), 86 pts
  7. Toomas Heikkinen (EKS, Audi S1), 82 pts
  8. Robin Larsson (Robin Larsson, Audi A1), 61 pts
  9. Janis Baumanis (World RX Team Austria, Ford Fiesta), 57 pts
  10. Timur Timerzyanov (World RX Team Austria, Ford Fiesta), 52 pts
  11. Kevin Eriksson (Olsberg MSE, Ford Fiesta ST), 49 pts
  12. Davy Jeanney (Peugeot-Hansen Academy, PEUGEOT 208 WRX), 48 pts

FIA World Rallycross Championship – Teams

  1. EKS, 224 pts
  2. Team Peugeot Hansen, 192 pts
  3. Volkswagen RX Sweden, 152 pts

TV coverage in more than 120 countries à The semi-finals and the final will be broadcast live in France on L’Equipe 21 and in Sweden on SVT.

ABOUT Rallycross
Rallycross events use mixed-surface asphalt/dirt (60%/40%) circuits of about one kilometre in length and can feature one or more jumps. The drivers are knocked out as the weekend progresses and only the six fastest and bravest of them get to contest the final.
à Discover our web series: World RX Inside

2016 CALENDAR (*) rounds which also count towards the European Championship

  1. April 16-17: Portugal (Montalegre)
  2. May 7-8: Germany (Hockenheim)
  3. May 14-15: Belgium (Mettet)*
  4. May 28-29: Great Britain (Lydden Hill)
  5. June 11-12: Norway (Hell)*
  6. July 2-3: Sweden (Holjes)*
  7. August 6-7: Canada (Trois-Rivières)
  8. September 3-4: France (Lohéac)
  9. September 17-18: Spain (Barcelona)*
  10. October 1-2: Lithuania (Riga)*
  11. October 15-16: Germany (Estering)
  12. November 26-27: Argentina (Rosario)