Team Peu­geot-hansen up to three cars, and re-signs Se­bastien Loeb

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Team Peu­geot-hansen will field three Peu­geot 208 Su­per­cars in the 2017 World Rallycross Cham­pi­onship.

The squad has re­tained the ser­vices of nine-time World Rally cham­pion Se­bastien Loeb and five-time World RX event-win­ner Timmy Hansen in the main squad, which will run 2017 spec­i­fi­ca­tion cars. For­mer Bri­tish Ju­nior RX cham­pion Kevin Hansen has also grad­u­ated full-time to the team, hav­ing won the Euro RX Su­per­car ti­tle last season. The younger Hansen brother will race a 2016 spec­i­fi­ca­tion 208 WRX.

In his first full year in the sport last season, Loeb won the 10th round of the se­ries in Latvia and fin­ished the year fifth over­all.

“I be­lieve I learnt a great deal in the course of my first full rallycross season,” said Loeb. “I’ve ob­vi­ously set my sights higher this time around and I hope the 2017 ver­sion of the 208 WRX will en­able us to chal­lenge for vic­tory. Given the stiffer com­pe­ti­tion we face, it won’t be easy, but I am de­ter­mined to add to my record in this dis­ci­pline.”

The works-built cars will con­tinue to be de­vel­oped by Peu­geot Sport at its Velizy work­shops, while the Hansen Mo­tor­sport team will run the cars.

“I’m very happy to be a full-fledged world rallycross driver at last,” said Kevin Hansen. “I’d like to find the feel­ing I had last year in the 208 WRX and then build on that. I will do my very best and try to eke out a place amongst the sport’s elite.”

Hansen will field three 208 WRX

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