|Fresh from a resounding victory in Belgium less than two weeks ago, the Peugeot 208 WRX heads to Silverstone for the weekend. Once again, drivers Sebastien Loeb, Kevin Hamsen and Timmy Hansen are ready to pile up on the win and podium.|
Team Peugeot go from strength to strength in what is only its first fullseason as a factory squad in World Rx (World Rallycross Championship), with already 4 podiums in 3 races.
Loeb having sealed his 2nd career rallycross win in Belgium recently, and Timmy Hansen scoring a double podium the same week-end, in 3rd position. Now it’s time for a completely different challenge with a brand-new track at Silverstone. “I’m feeling very positive after our win in Belgium and obviously the target is to continue on the same trajectory. I competed on the Silverstone track before, but the level of competition will be higher this weekend and also it was practically snowing back then, so I do not think you can really compare it! At any time of year, you can never predict the weather in England, so we have to be prepared for anything,” commented Loeb. ” The track itself is quite slow, which is a pity as I think there was space to make some faster sections as well, but we will take everything as it comes and just do our best as always, with the simple aim of improving our position in the championships. It’s the same for everybody.”
The Silverstone circuit was previously used for the World RX pre-season testand media day in March, so the drivers already have some limited experience of it. 10 days prior to that, Loeb also won the opening round of theBritish Rallycross Championship there, which he contested as a practice event, along with Timmy Hansen, who finished 2nd. The 0.972-kilometer track is very technical and consists of 40% asphalt and 60% gravel.
Beside the race, the IMG organizer will host, for the 1st time, a SpeedMachine festival all around the World RX paddocks: live music shows, exhibit and demo of heritage vehicles, E-Sport gaming competition (Dirt 4), co-drives and drift.
Team Peugeot currently sit 2nd in the teams’ standings, just 15 points off the lead. Loeb is also 2nd in the drivers’ standings, only 9 points behind the leader, while Timmy and Kevin Hansen are 5th and 12th respectively. So there’s everything to play for, in a very high level of competition…