The Peugeot 208 WRX Evo with big ambitions for World RX in Canada

The Peugeot 208 WRX Evo with big ambitions for World RX in Canada

02.08.2018: WRX Round #7 – Trois-Rivieres, Canada 03.08-04.08 The recently-evolved PEUGEOT 208 WRX, which made its debut in Sweden nearly a month ago, heads across the Atlantic for the 7th race of

WRX Round #7 – Trois-Rivieres, Canada
 03.08-04.08


 
The recently-evolved PEUGEOT 208 WRX, which made its debut in Sweden nearly a month ago, heads across the Atlantic for the 7th race of the 2018 FIA World Rallycross Championship this week-end (August 4th & 5th), the 1st round that takes place outside of Europe.



The location is Trois-Rivieres in Quebec, Canada, a well-known venue that forms one of the heartlands of motorsport in North America.



Knowing that this venue has been a happy hunting ground for PEUGEOT in the past, the Team PEUGEOT Total looks forward to continuing this legacy and confirming the full potential of the latest technical features introduced by the PEUGEOT Sport engineers. 



•    The Canadian round will be an opportunity for Timmy Hansen and Sebastien Loeb to claim the 1st major result for the PEUGEOT 208 WRX EVO, which showed great potential on its competition debut in Sweden.
 


•    Sébastien Loeb will be particularly motivated to do well, following 2 races with mixed fortunes in Norway and Sweden, where the circumstances prevented him from reaching the final. His objective will be to do better than the 3rd place he managed in Canada in 2017.
 


•    Timmy Hansen won in Canada in 2016, a victory that he described as “one of the most unexpected of my career” (see quote below), which underlined his determination and ability to make the most of any opportunity.

This year, along with 9-time WRC champion Sébastien Loeb, Timmy is driving the latest-specification PEUGEOT 208 WRX, which was introduced last time out in Sweden - where he demonstrated its great potential.
 




•    The young Kevin Hansen will drive for the 2nd time the 2018-specification of the PEUGEOT 208 WRX that Sébastien and Timmy started the season with. All 3 drivers benefited from a test session between Sweden and Canada: the official IMG test session in Riga for Sébastien and Timmy, and a test in France for Kevin.
 


•    The “Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres” actually started off as a circuit race in 1967, inspired by the Monaco Grand Prix, before converting to a WRX event in 2014. The track is well-known for its long straight and interesting joker lap on the inside of the track, with a lengthy asphalt section then followed by the gravel section.


 In total, the lap consists of 59% asphalt and 41% gravel, with an overall length of 1.351 kilometres: the longest track that the FIA World RX Championship visits. The lap record dates from last year and currently stands at 48.009s, giving an idea of just how quick the average speed is.
 



•    Team PEUGEOT Total is currently 3rd in the provisional Teams’ Championship, just 6 points off 2nd place. In the provisional Driver Rankings, Sébastien Loeb is the leading PEUGEOT driver in 4th (48 points off the lead) while his team mates Timmy and Kevin Hansen are 5th and 7th respectively.



- Anthony Peacock, photos Peugeot

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