A newcomer to the World RX calendar last year, the Barcelona track combines the final part of the Formula 1 circuit with a gravel section. Team Peugeot Hansen heads to Spain with a clearly defined objective - a solid points haul to reduce what is currently a 19-point deficit to the top of the Teams' title table.
The Peugeot Hansen Academy will field a brace of Peugeot 208 WRX Supercars for Davy Jeanney and Kevin Hansen. The latter will continue his pursuit of the coveted European Championship crown and will be eager to extend his clean sweep, having won all three rounds that have been held to date. Depending upon the result, this Spanish outing could prove decisive in determining the destiny of the European laurels. Discover a new episode of our online series 'WorldRX Inside'. Get to know 18-year-old Kevin Hansen, who competes for the Peugeot Hansen Academy behind the wheel of the #71 Peugeot 208 WRX at both World and European RX level.
Kenneth Hansen, Team Principal
"Last year, we managed to establish a strong rhythm at this track. There is more in the way of straights than at Lohéac, but the circuit should nonetheless suit us well. We came away from the last race with plenty of useful information, and we intend to take full advantage of that in Spain. Our objective is to fight at the front of the field and take points off our main competitor in the Teams' standings."
Sébastien Loeb (#9 Peugeot 208 WRX, Team Peugeot Hansen)
"I know the Barcelona circuit well, having tested there a lot in the past in both WTCC and Peugeot's 908 endurance racer. I have also tried out Red Bull's Formula 1 car there and a motorbike! That prior experience will be of limited value, however, since the layout of the rallycross track is evidently very different and only uses one section of the racing circuit - which is run in the opposite direction to usual! With an uphill start and a good level of grip, the engine is sure to play an important role. My aim is to beat my two closest rivals in the championship and score a lot of points for the team."
Timmy Hansen (#21 Peugeot 208 WRX, Team Peugeot Hansen)
"I reached the podium in Barcelona last year and was the highest-scoring driver over the course of the weekend. My goal is to finish inside the top three once more. The Barcelona circuit is a bit like Lohéac in terms of grip, albeit slower. The gravel section is important to get right and incorporates a big jump.Competing at such a prestigious venue is always enjoyable. The facilities are first-class, and I can't wait to go racing there again and quickly battle back from my disappointment at Lohéac."
Asphalt/dirt: 60.4 %/ 39.6 %
Lap record: 45.212s
STANDINGS AFTER EIGHT ROUNDS
FIA World Rallycross Championship - Drivers
1. Petter Solberg (Peter Solberg World RX Team, Citroën DS3), 181 pts
2. Mattias Ekström (EKS, Audi S1), 176 pts
3. Johan Kristoffersson (Volkswagen RX Sweden, Volkswagen Polo), 158 pts
4. Andreas Bakkerud (Hoonigan Racing Division, Ford Focus RS), 157 points
5. Sebastien Loeb (Team Peugeot Hansen, Peugeot 208 WRX), 141 pts
6. Timmy Hansen (Team Peugeot Hansen, Peugeot 208 WRX), 117 pts
7. Toomas Heikkinen (EKS, Audi S1), 101 pts
8. Robin Larsson (Robin Larsson, Audi A1), 71 pts
9. Timur Timerzyanov (World RX Team Austria, Ford Fiesta), 67 pts
10. Davy Jeanney (Peugeot-Hansen Academy, Peugeot 208 WRX), 60 pts