After securing the Team title in style in 2015, the Peugeot 208 WRX is ready to roar once more when the car’s third campaign in the spectacular FIA (International Automobile Association) World Rallycross Championship kicks off in Montalegre, Portugal.
Team Peugeot Hansen – the 2015 Teams’ champion thanks to a score of 11 podium finishes, including five victories – will be represented by two 540-horsepower Peugeot 208 WRXs in the hands of last season’s runner-up Timmy Hansen and the squad’s new recruit Sébastien Loeb.
Peugeot Sport and Hansen Motorsport are also running two Peugeot 208 WRXs under the banner of the newly-formed Peugeot Hansen Academy which is competing in the colors of Red Bull and Total.
After notching up two victories for Team Peugeot Hansen in 2015, Davy Jeanney will contest all the European rounds of the 2016 World Rally-cross Championship for the Peugeot Hansen Academy, with an option of two non-European appearances. His role will also be to coach the reigning RX Lites champion Kevin Hansen whose focus will be the European Rallycross Championship, plus selected WRX rounds. These two drivers will drive the 2015 version of the car.
For its third season, the Peugeot 208 WRX has undergone further modifications. Those introduced in 2015 chiefly concerned the chassis, so the engineers have paid particular attention to the engine this time.
“We worked hard over the winter break to improve the car. This season, we hope we will continue to progress and defend our Teams’ crown, while also challenging for the Drivers’ crown, helped by our new WRX novice signing, Sébastien Loeb. Sébastien will need time to acclimatize to the world of rallycross. We know he’s a fast learner but we are also aware that the level of the sport is increasing year after year. It’s a discipline for specialists and everything will be new to Sébastien, whereas Timmy is last year’s vice-champion,” said Peugeot Sport Director Bruno Famin. “Given Davy Jeanney’s outstanding run in 2015, it was important for us to capitalize on his experience and speed, and he will consequently continue to drive a 208 WRX with the Peugeot Hansen Academy.”
“The arrival of big names like Sébastien Loeb and Ken Block is sure to expand the championship’s audience, so that’s good news. We just need to make sure that this growth doesn’t detract from the original spirit of rallycross, which is a very open sport that is close to its fans. World RX has all the ingredients in place to keep growing,” Famin added.