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The Peugeot 208 WRX secures 2016 FIA World Rallycross Champinship runner-up honours

The Peugeot 208 WRX secures 2016 FIA World Rallycross Champinship runner-up honours

The last round of the 2016 FIA World Rallycross Championship ended in disappointment for Team Peugeot Hansen in Rosario, Argentina, where neither Sébastien Loeb nor Timmy Hansen were able to defend the Teams’ crown claimed in 2015.

To defend its title, Team Peugeot Hansen had to overturn a deficit of 17 points, which meant Sébastien Loeb and Timmy Hansen needed to post a perfect weekend. Unfortunately, their plans took a dent during the very first qualifying heat when torrential rain began to fall just before the race in which the two Peugeot 208 WRXs were due to take part. It was consequently impossible for them to match the times of their rivals.

Sebastien Loeb went on to qualify for the semi-final stage but Timmy Hansen failed to make it that far and their points tally was insufficient for the Peugeot 208 WRX drivers to challenge for the title. Team Peugeot Hansen ended up second overall in the 2016 FIA World Rallycross Championship standings. Meanwhile, Sébastien Loeb concluded his first season in the series in fifth place in the Drivers’ classification, one place ahead of team-mate Timmy Hansen.

Between them, the two Peugeot 208 WRX drivers totalled no fewer than 10 podium finishes in 2016, including a win for Timmy Hansen in Trois Rivières, Canada, at the beginning of August, and victory for Sébastien Loeb in Riga, Latvia, at the beginning of October. Fellow Peugeot 208 WRX driver Kevin Hansen claimed the FIA European Rallycross Championship title.

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