The Team Peugeot-Hansen had quite a good problem to have ahead of the new season, as the most expected decision was about who will be competing in 2017 and if Kevin Hansen would finally go to the FIA World Rallycross Championship in full time, and as expected the Swedish youngster got a seat and will be part of a strong trio alongside his brother Timmy Hansen and WRC legend Sébastien Loeb.
The hard decision of to field or not three Peugeot 208 WRX was mostly due to the good season from both Timmy and Loeb in the main team, represented by the runner-up finish in the teams' standings, even though both didn't manage to fight for the title, and also for Kevin's dominating season in the European Rallycross Championship, winning all rounds but one and conquering the trophy with one event to go. Kevin also participated of some World RX events as part of the Peugeot-Hansen Academy, which was kind of a development team, missing the podium by little as he was fourth at Lydden Hill and Estering.
Timmy Hansen came agonizingly close to the title in 2015, but serious incidents in the final rounds blew away the opportunity of his first World RX title against a consistent Petter Solberg, and while he failed to replicate the good performance from that season, he still got a win and other five podiums, ending in a fine 6th position. Loeb isn't exactly new to rallycross or Hansen Motorsport, but a full season in World RX would obviously feel different from his one-off participations from previous seasons, and even having to get used to the new car and to the tough competition, the Frenchman managed to get a win in the inaugural World RX of Latvia and he also grabbed other three podiums and participated of six finals.
The season starts on April 1st and 2nd at Barcelona.
PHOTO: FIA World Rallycross Championship