TEAM PEUGEOT HANSEN WIDENS THE GAP IN BARCELONA
- Team Peugeot Hansen achieve tenth podium finish in Barcelona
- World Championship Team lead strengthened after strong performance
- Timmy Hansen currently in second place of the overall standings
In front of a crowd won over to the cause of world class rallycross, a PEUGEOT 208 WRX driver finished on the podium for the tenth time in Barcelona. After dominating the qualifying heats, Team Peugeot Hansen succeeded in extending its lead in the provisional 2015 FIA World Rallycross Championship to go 77 points clear of its closest threat.
After a spell that has seen it collect four victories, including a sequence of three wins in a row, Team Peugeot Hansen arrived in Barcelona, Spain hungry for more success with two famished drivers, Timmy Hansen and Davy Jeanney, behind the wheel of its PEUGEOT 208 WRXs. The early part of the weekend followed a similar pattern to that of the championship’s recent rounds as Timmy Hansen dominated the opening day’s action for the fifth time this season.
Things went a little less well for him in the third heat, but the Swedish youngster bounced back in Heat 4 to claim first place with a lightning time of 3.14366 minutes which made sure that the driver of the N°21 PEUGEOT 208 WRX topped the order going into the semi-finals. Team-mate Davy Jeanney followed in fourth place to secure a valuable points harvest for the Teams’ championship!
Both PEUGEOT 208 WRX drivers progressed from the semi-final phase to earn a ticket for the final. Unfortunately, in front of packed grandstands, Timmy Hansen and Davy Jeanney both failed to convert their momentum into victory against stiff opposition. Pole-starter Timmy Hansen was caught by surprise at the start by Petter Solberg as the latter leapt from row two. The Swede then made a small mistake and eventually crossed the line in third place, just in front of his team-mate.
The weekend’s big point scores have strengthened Team Peugeot Hansen’s lead in the world championship’s Teams’ standings. The Franco-Swedish outfit is now 77 points clear of Team Ford Olsberg MSE with three rounds remaining.
In the Drivers’ standings, Timmy Hansen consolidated his second place by pocketing two more points than Petter Solberg, while Davy Jeanney has moved up to fourth spot.
It was a successful weekend in Barcelona for Kevin Hansen in the RX Lites contest too, since the Peugeot Red Bull Hansen Junior Team youngster has increased his lead in the class’s standings, with only one round to come.