Peugeot poised to defend Teams’ Rallycross crown
THE final round of the 2016 FIA World Rallycross Championship in Rosario, Argentina, is poised to settle the battle for this year’s Teams’ title.
Rallycross events use mixedsurface 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.
Sébastien Loeb and Timmy Hansen, who have clocked up two victories for Team Peugeot Hansen so far, will do everything in their power to conclude the campaign in style and attempt to defend the squad’s 2015 crown.
With a gap of 17 points to bridge, Team Peugeot Hansen has absolutely no intention of giving up its bid to defend its 2015 Teams’ crown, even though the outcome is not entirely in its hands. Its drivers Sébastien Loeb and Timmy Hansen will use their skill and the potential of the powerful Peugeot 208 WRX to reverse the positions at the top of the provisional Teams’ points table.
Rosario has already been the scene of success for Peugeot this year since it was at the foot of its National Monument to the Flag landmark that Stéphane Peterhansel celebrated victory at the end of last January’s Dakar in the Peugeot 2008 DKR.
Next year January, Peugeot hopes to repeat this win, but South Africa’s Toyota Gazoo Racing SA aim to dethrone Peugeot.
Gazoo Racing have prepared two racing Hilux- based bakkies for the iconic race, this year using all- wheel drive, with Giniel de Villiers, partnered with Dirk von Zitzewitz, and Nasser Al Attiyah with Matthieu Baumel the driving teams.
Their endurance racing battle looms in January, but on Saturday, the Peugeot 208 WRX will be looking to make the headlines in Argentina with Sébastien Loeb ( Peugeot 208 WRX # 9, Team Peugeot Hansen).
“I know Argentina quite well after competing in the country on numerous previous occa- sions in the World Rally Championship, as well as on the Dakar for the first time back in January. I love the passion the people here have for motorsport.
“I hope the spectators will be just as vociferous at the rallycross meeting in Rosario. We still have a chance of winning the Teams’ title. It won’t be easy but I’ve seen for myself several times already that anything can happen in rallycross. We will keep fighting until the very end!”
• Fans can follow the last episode of 2016 of our WorldRX Inside web series which follows Timmy Hansen during a typical race weekend. To watch it, click on http://liencs.fr/q49.
Sebastian Loeb is already practising to beat South Africa’s rear- wheel- drive Hilux bakkies in Dakar next year.