After the Peugeot 208 WRX’s victory in Istanbul, Team Peugeot Hansen’s two cars head for Italy, host of Round 12 of the FIA World Rallycross Championship, which could settle the 2015 Teams’ title chase. The Franco-Swedish outfit tops the standings ahead of the trip to Franciacorta where its sights will be set on the supreme prize.
For Team Peugeot Hansen, Franciacorta brings back fond memories of its maiden WRX victory, in 2014. Since that landmark win, the team has added five more successes and 12 world class podium finishes to its score. Even so, it knows full well that the trip to Italy will be no Dolce Vita weekend once competitive action begins. The last two clashes indicate that its rivals have upped their game and the Peugeot 208 WRX’s first place in Turkey only came after an extremely close fight.
Franciacorta, which is situated between Milan and Venice, has been modified since last year. For Timmy Hansen and Davy Jeanney, therefore, it will be something of unknown territory but they are as determined as ever to take advantage of the Peugeot 208 WRX’s 550 horsepower to help Team Peugeot Hansen consolidate its position at the top of the Teams world championship standings.
Timmy Hansen, who won the 2014 race here, has also won three of the last four rounds of this year’s championship and is particularly fired up after closing the gap to Petter Solberg in the Drivers’ title chase to just 19 points. The Swedish youngster is consequently still in contention for the 2015 crown and intends to do everything in his power to keep his chances alive ahead of the year’s finale at Rosario, Argentina. Meanwhile, Davy Jeanney will be out for revenge at the Italian track where he was down on luck 12 months ago.
There will consequently be plenty to play for at Franciacorta, not to mention the fact that it will also be the last round of this season’s RX Lites series that is provisionally led by Kevin Hansen. The Peugeot Red Bull Hansen Junior Team driver has a cushion of 11 points. Unsurprisingly, his sole objective in Italy will be to clinch the title.