Team Peugeot Total enters World RX as a full manufacturer entry for the first time, fielding three cars in three different colours for three talented rally drivers.
Nine-time World Rally Champion Sebastien Loeb, together with the Swede Timmy Hansen will be competing with the latest 560-horsepower Peugeot 208 WRX Supercar and will score points for the team. Up-and-coming youngster Kevin Hansen will race an evolution of the 2017 car within the individual entry category.
All 3 Peugeot racing machines will be progressively updated during the season, with new evolutions currently being prepared by Peugeot Sport engineers at the factory.
After a shakedown on Monday in Versailles, France, preceded by previous testing sessions such as the official session in Silverstone at the end of March, Team Peugeot Total hits the road for Barcelona, ready to tackle a completely new sporting challenge.
While still relying on the Hansen family, the most successful dynasty in the discipline (Kenneth Hansen, 14-time European RX Champion, is Team Manager and Susann Hansen, the only female champion in European RX history is Sport Coordinator), it’s now a full official Peugeot Sport squad that jumps into the discipline.
The 1st round of the season takes place on 14-15 April 2018 at the Circuit de Catalunya in Montmeló, north of Barcelona, the home of the Spanish Grand Prix in Formula 1, which has also hosted a rallycross circuit since 2015. The asphalt has been resurfaced since last year, delivering higher levels of grip than before, with a brand-new start section. The lap measures a total of 133 kilometres, consisting of 60.4% asphalt and 39.6% gravel. It’s one of the fastest tracks on the calendar.