Superbike World Championship, Thailand

Rea wins and takes the lead in the championship

After a tough opening round in Australia, in Thailand Jonathan Rea scored his first win of the season. The Kawasaki rider also took the lead in the Superbike Championship.

 

The Races

“At Phillip Island, I was really out of shape,” Rea recalls. Beaten in the first two races of the season, the triple world champion got back back on the right track in Buriram, scoring his first win of the season. Winner of the first race of the weekend after taking pole position, Rea had to settle for fourth place on Sunday afternoon after a minor brake problem. “The overall result is still satisfactory,” he says. “But we know this year is going to be more difficult because of the new regulation that penalizes the best riders. I’m happy to have scored my first win and at the same time find myself in the lead of the championship.” In the Thai heat wave, Sykes also suffered from brake problems. Sixth on Saturday afternoon, the Kawasaki rider was forced to retire the next day. “It just was not my weekend,” laments the former world champion. Razgatlioglu racked up fifteenth and eighth places. In Supersport, Kenan Sofuoglu had to withdraw from the Buriram event. The Turkish rider who is still suffering from injuries to his pelvis preferred not to ride in order to be fighting fit for the next event in Spain. His teammate Okubo managed to make it to the top ten before crashing in the last lap. The Japanese rider, however, was able to start off again and crossed the finish line in nineteenth place.

The Championship

With his victory, Jonathan Rea has taken first place in the general classification from Marco Melandri. Two points separate the Brit from the Italian. Tom Sykes is seventh with a score of forty-three points. Toprak Razgatlioglu is in tenth place while in Supersport Sofuoglu and Okubo respectively hold seventeenth and nineteenth places. The next event is on April 15 on the Aragon circuit at Alcañiz.

The Background

Since joining Kawasaki, Jonathan Rea had never had an opportunity to take part in the Suzuka Eight Hours. Winner of this prestigious Endurance event in 2012, this year the Brit will sign his big comeback with Team Green. Rea will team up with fellow countryman Leon Haslam and Japan’s Kazuma Watanabe. “Suzuka is the most demanding test for both a rider and a machine,” said the three-time world Superbike champion. “The circuit is like a roller coaster. There is not a single moment where you can relax. And in summer, the weather conditions are always very hard in Japan. I know how demanding the event is and I am delighted to be able to take part in it again. Winning with Kawasaki would be just fantastic.” We’ll see what happens on July 29 on one of the most legendary racetracks in the world.

Maiden run for the DS E-TENSE FE 19!

Press Release – Versailles, 23rd March 2018

The DS E-TENSE FE 19 became the first new-generation Formula E single-seater to turn a wheel today when it ran close to the DS Performance factory near Versailles, France, for a demonstration.

 

After its unveiling at the Geneva Motor Show on March 6, the DS E-TENSE FE 19 has now turned a wheel for the very first time.

Total competition formulae virgin racing

The staff at DS Performance have spent months working on innovative technical solutions in readiness for the imminent revolution to the FIA Formula E Championship, since Season 5 of the all-electric international series is scheduled to kick off later this year with a field of new-generation cars.

The DS E-TENSE FE 19’s combination of a 250kW power unit and 54kWh battery will allow it to complete races without the mid-ePrix car swaps that have been part of the series until now. Brake-by-wire systems and an increase in maximum power regeneration to 250kW will be other new features of the 2018/2019 championship.

Xavier Mestelan-Pinon (Director, DS Performance): “With just days to go before Formula E’s first official pre-Season 5 test, it was great to see the DS E-TENSE FE 19 run at our track in Satory. The car’s different assemblies had previously been tested on the bench but this is the first time the fully assembled car has turned a wheel. Starting it was a rewarding moment for the team’s technical staff. It’s an occasion you never forget.”

DS E-TENSE FE 19’s release coincides with the launch of a new range of DS Automobiles electric vehicles. DS 7 CROSSBACK E-TENSE 4×4 will be the brand’s first model to feature the E-TENSE system which comprises a petrol engine and two electric motors for a peak power output of 300 horsepower.

MotoGP World Championship, Qatar

Qatar Motorcycle Grand Prix

Márquez makes the podium, Morbidelli takes the points The riders of the Team Marc VDS rode to success in Qatar. Álex Márquez made it to the first Moto2 podium of the season and Franco Morbidelli scored points for his first MotoGP.

The Races

After signing his first pole position of the season, Álex Márquez had no other aim than to win on the Losail circuit. The Spaniard unfortunately had a rear brake problem just as he was preparing to overtake the race leader, Francesco Bagnaia. “I thought my engine was stalling but when I turned around I saw that my rear brake disc was glowing, says Márquez. By the time it freed and I picked up speed again without a back brake, Bagnaia and Baldassari had gone. Finishing third in those conditions was not a bad result to start the season.” Badly placed on the starting grid, Joan Mir drew attention for his debut in Moto2. The reigning Moto3 world champion finished eleventh after struggling for a long time to be placed in the top ten. In MotoGP, Franco Morbidelli won the place of first rookie. The Italian finished twelfth, only 12 seconds behind the winner. “It’s better than I expected,” he said. Due to two small braking errors, Tom Lüthi fell just short of scoring any points, in sixteenth position.

The Championship

At the start of the new season, Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS can be proud that its four riders all scored points. Márquez and Mir left Qatar in third and eleventh place of the Moto2 championship, while Morbidelli started his first MotoGP season by taking twelfth position.

The Background

Arriving on the MotoGP calendar in 2004, the Qatar Motorcycle Grand Prix was raced in daytime for four years. Then at night between 2008 and 2017. This season, the organizers decided to change their schedules again and advanced the start of the MotoGP race by two hours, from 21:00 to 19:00. “We are in the desert, and the humidity that settles when night falls caused too much trouble for the riders,” said Franck Vayssié, the race director who officiates in Doha. Reduced to three days after being organized for four, the Qatari weekend posed other difficulties for the teams because of the very large discrepancy in temperatures between the two free practice sessions on the same day. With a difference of more than twenty degrees on the ground, it was difficult indeed for the technicians and riders to be consistent in their work. “Basically, the FP1, the FP3 and the warm-up are useless because the conditions have nothing in common with those of the race,” says Gilles Bigot, Tom Lüthi’s chief mechanic. “But it’s complicated if you want to organize a race in the evening in a country like Qatar.”

Podium for Bird in Punta del Este to maintain title bid

Press Release – Punta del Este, 17th March 2018

Sam Bird secures third place during thrilling Punta del Este E-Prix Best ever result for fellow British team-mate Alex Lynn with sixth DS Virgin Racing move to third in both drivers’ and teams’ standings as series reaches halfway point.

 

DS Virgin Racing’s Sam Bird made up seven places to secure his 16th career podium during today’s thrilling Formula E race in Punta del Este, with team-mate Alex Lynn producing his best ever finish with sixth. The result by the two British drivers moves the team into third position in the manufacturer standings – with Bird also third in the drivers’ championship – as the all-electric series reaches its halfway stage.

 

In beautiful, sunny conditions, the Uruguayan beach resort played host to the third and final race in the championship’s Latin American leg, with both Bird and Lynn showing strong pace from the off and never running outside the top 10 during the morning’s practice sessions.

 

Their strong pace continued into qualifying where Lynn yet again made it into the Superpole (top five) shootout and would go on to start the race third, with Bird a little further back in 9th.

 

As the 37-lap race got underway, Lynn held onto third place with Bird already moving up the field to lie seventh in the early stages. After a brief safety car period, both drivers looked racy heading towards the pit stop window on lap 20.

 

However, running with less energy, Lynn had a slower in-lap combined with a tricky pit stop to allow team-mate Bird, and others, to get the jump on him with the two re-joining the race in fourth and fifth. This allowed Bird to start to pull away and chase after the leading duo of Lucas di Grassi and Jean-Eric Vergne, whilst Lynn has working hard to keep a pressing Felix Rosenqvist and Mitch Evans at bay. In the closing stages, Lynn was forced to settle for sixth, whilst Bird had now joined the battle for the lead pressing both leaders hard, but sadly ran out of laps before he could mount his challenge.

 

Sam Bird, who dedicated his podium to the late journalist Henry Hope-Frost, said :  « We were slightly fortunate with drivers around us having issues, but the pace was good today and we really wanted to fight for the lead at the end; but it wasn’t to be. Overall, it was a strong race for us and nice to get another podium, as well as a great result for the team and also to help keep our title bid going.»

Alex Lynn  said:  «For sure today has been a positive race for us and I’m really pleased to come away with sixth and my strongest result to date. The pace was good as we were once again in Superpole, but things didn’t quite go our way during the race, but it’s still a great result for me and the team.»

Team Principal, Alex Lynn commented:  «We’ve previously not had the results at this track so it’s even better to come away with such a strong finish and I’m delighted for both Sam and Alex. Formula E has such a competitive field so to be in third position in both the drivers’ and the teams’ championship at the halfway point is really a testament to the hard work and dedication of the whole team.»

DS Performance Director, Xavier Mestelan Pinon added:  «We’ve scored big points here in Punta del Este, allowing us to recover third place in the team standings. We’ve just crossed the halfway mark of season four and being third in both championships offers us great opportunities moving forward for the second half of the season.»

The series now heads to Europe with the next round of the 2017/2018 ABB FIA Formula E Championship taking place for the first time in Rome, Italy on April 14.

Márquez and Mir fired up for season opener in Qatar

Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS riders Álex Márquez and Joan Mir head into this weekend’s Grand Prix of Qatar determined to get their 2018 Moto2 World Championship campaigns off to a flying start.

Cours Moto2 GP Qatar

Márquez, who this year will race for a fourth season in the intermediate class with Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS, starts in Qatar as one of the clear favourites for championship honours. However, the former Moto3 World Champion is under no illusions as to the calibre of the competition he faces this season.

Márquez faces stiff competition from the likes of Pecco Bagnaia and Mattia Pasini, who will race the same Kalex Moto2 machinery as the Spaniard, but the biggest threat to Marquez’s title ambitions is likely to come from the factory KTM riders.

Miguel Oliveira and Brad Binder finished strongly in the final three races of 2017 and this season they will be joined by Sam Lowes and Iker Lecuona, who will also represent the Austrian manufacturer.

Mir, who is now fully recovered from the training injury that forced him to sit out the final preseason test in Jerez, arrives in Qatar confident that he can mark his Moto2 debut with a strong result. The reigning Moto3 World Champion heads into the weekend with no expectations and with an open mind, but determined to make his presence felt in the opening race of the 2018 season.

 

AlexMarquez Moto2 GP Qatar

We have worked so hard this preseason to improve our performance and our rhythm and I think we did quite well, so I can’t wait to get to the first race. It will be an interesting weekend because Qatar is a completely different track to those where we’ve tested and it will be important to learn how the harder rear tyre works with the bike in Qatar. I really like the track, it’s great fun to ride because it’s fast and it really flows. We go there with maximum motivation for the new season. We will try to finish the race on the podium and hopefully continue with a regular rhythm at all the races. I will give my all, along with my team.

Alex Marquez

 

Ioan Mir Moto2 GP

“I’ve been training really hard over the winter, but then I had this minor injury just two weeks before the start of the season, which wasn’t ideal. But the important thing is that now I feel good, I feel strong and the shoulder won’t be a problem on the bike this weekend. As for the race, yes it’s my debut in the intermediate class, I’m here for the first time with a new bike and a new team, but I’m feeling confident. I don’t have any expectations; I am going into this first race with an open mind, but based on preseason testing I think there’s a good chance we can start the season with a good result on Sunday.”

Joan Mir

 

Return to Punta Del Este for DS Virgin Racing

Press Release – Versailles, 13th March 2018

All-electric Formula E series returns to Uruguay on March 17. Sam Bird looking to continue his strongest ever start to a Formula E season. Alex Lynn aims for Superpole shoot-out once more.

 

DS Virgin Racing and the all-electric Formula E series concludes its Latin America tour with a return to the Punta del Este E-Prix, taking place on the streets of the Uruguayan city on March 17.

The race, which previously appeared in the Formula E calendar during Season One and Two, takes place along the picturesque Playa Brava Beach. Drivers will see a return to the Season Two track in Uruguay, the purpose-built 2.785km high-speed circuit runs the length of the seafront and features a variety of quick, tight chicanes within its 20-turns.

The team’s all-British driver pairing of Sam Bird and Alex Lynn will be aiming to replicate the pace shown at the Mexico City E-Prix just two weeks previously. Lynn, who had a consistent race, finished in the points, having made it into the Superpole shoot-out, and will be looking to repeat his strong qualifying performance. Meanwhile, team-mate Bird will be hoping to continue his strongest ever start to a season, where he currently sits in third place in the drivers’ standings. The DS Virgin Racing team occupy fourth place in the team standings, just four points behind third place.

Sam Bird:  « It’s great to be returning to Punta del Este, the fast-paced nature of the circuit makes it a highly enjoyable race. The last race didn’t go as planned so we’re hoping to show how competitive we are this weekend. »

Alex Lynn:  « I’m excited to be racing in Punta del Este for the first time, it’ll be another new track for me, so I’ve been working hard in the simulator, since Mexico City, to prepare for the race. As a team, we showed we had the pace to compete at the top last time out and I’m hoping to replicate that again in Uruguay. »

Team Principal,  Alex Tai  commented :  « The idyllic scenery of the Punta del Este circuit makes it an iconic part of the Formula E calendar and I’m glad to be returning again for Season Four. We’ve prepared well for Uruguay, despite the quick turnaround from Mexico City, and will be hoping to score well in the final race of the Latin American section of the calendar. »

DS Performance  Director, Xavier Mestelan Pinon added : « It’s great to be coming back to Punta del Este, a track that has shown us a lot of promise in the past. Our target is to keep fighting for a place on the podium and to continue to score highly in both championships.»

Round six of the 2018 ABB FIA Formula E Championship takes place in Uruguay on March 17.

 

A second consecutive podium for the C3 WRC!

Kris Meeke and Paul Nagle ended the rally third overall, securing a second podium of the year for Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT and thus confirming the team’s very strong start to the season. Meanwhile, Sébastien Loeb and Daniel Elena finished fifth overall – after having boldly held the rally lead – as they pulled off a remarkable return to their favourite racing category.

With a series of narrow, winding sections on the day’s opening stage, followed by quicker roads for the two passes on Las Minas, today’s final leg was anything but a Sunday stroll.

Unfortunately, Kris Meeke found this out to his cost on the opening test. His 10.9s overnight advantage on the third-placed driver disappeared when he skidded on the cobbles under braking, losing 47.5s and dropping a position in the standings. He nonetheless managed to hold onto third place until the end of the rally and therefore take his first podium of the year. Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT claimed its second podium in the stifling Mexican heat to go with the one secured by Craig Breen in Sweden’s wintry temperatures. The Northern Irishman is now fourth in the drivers’ championship.

Second on the road this morning, a position that prevented him from getting among the frontrunners, Sébastien Loeb made the most of these last few kilometres on gravel with the C3 WRC, whilst safely making it to the end in fifth place. A consequence of the puncture he picked up yesterday when leading the rally, the result does not reflect the full majesty of his performance this weekend on his return to his first love.

At an event that is very demanding on the cars, the C3 WRC scored eight stage wins (two tied), once again proving its reliability and performance level. Thanks to the points claimed this weekend, Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT closed to within one point of second place in the manufacturers’ championship.

WHAT THEY SAID


Kris Meeke

« Obviously, there are positives to take away from this weekend, starting with the fact that I secured my first podium of the year and picked up good points for the championship. But I can’t help but feel disappointed, not least for the team. I had everything you need to win here in Mexico – the pace, the car and road position – but I didn’t do the job. I made too many silly mistakes and you just can’t get away with that at this level. I need to tidy my game up, starting in Corsica where we were very competitive last year. »


Sébastien Loeb

«Coming into the rally, I felt that testing had gone well, but I obviously had no certainty about my level, bearing in mind that everyone is fighting over tenths of a second, and that it doesn’t take much to find yourself left behind a little bit. So it was a nice surprise to be on the pace! I’m just a bit frustrated that I wasn’t able to test myself properly against the others right to the end because of the puncture. In any case, it was a very good weekend and that was the initial aim of this comeback. I hope I can now go on to get a good result in Corsica, even though I’ll still have quite a few things to refamiliarise myself with. »

FINAL PROVISIONAL STANDINGS

1. Ogier / Ingrassia (Ford Fiesta WRC) 3:53:58.0
2. Sordo / Del Barrio (Hyundai i20 WRC) + 1:13.6
3. Meeke / Nagle (Citroën C3 WRC) + 1:29.2
4. Mikkelsen / Jaeger (Hyundai i20 WRC) + 1:48.4
5. Loeb / Elena (Citroën C3 WRC) + 2:34.6
6. Neuville / Gilsoul (Hyundai i20 WRC) + 9:13.0
7. Tidemand / Andersson (Skoda Fabia R5) + 10:34.7
8. Latvala / Anttila (Toyota Yaris WRC) + 15:47.1

DRIVERS’ WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

1. Sébastien Ogier – 60 points
2. Thierry Neuville – 51 points
3. Andreas Mikkelsen – 34 points
4. Kris Meeke – 32 points
5. Jari-Matti Latvala – 30 points
6. Ott Tänak – 26 points
7. Esapekka Lappi – 23 points
8. Craig Breen – 20 points
9. Dani Sordo – 18 points
10. Sébastien Loeb – 10 points

MANUFACTURERS’ WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

1. Hyundai WRT – 84 points
2. M-Sport Ford WRT – 72 points
3. Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT – 71 points
4. Toyota Gazoo Racing – 67 points

 

DS E-TENSE FE 19 by DS Automobiles, the sole showcase of french knowhow in Formula E

Press Release – Versailles, 6th march 2018

DS Automobiles, which has contested the FIA Formula E Championship since the 2015/2016 campaign, will be the competition’s only French FIA-approved constructor in Season 5 (2018/2019) when a new generation of all-electric single-seater racing cars will go head-to-head for the very first time. DS Automobiles is proud to present its latest all-electric Formula E challenger, DS E-TENSE FE 19. The efficient technology developed by DS Automobiles’ competition arm DS Performance has already harvested four victories and 10 podium finishes on four continents over a period spanning less than three years. At the same time, the knowhow accrued in racing is accelerating the development of DS Automobiles’ range of electrified cars and all the brand’s models will feature plug-in hybrid or all-electric variants in the future. Visitors to DS World in Paris, France (33 rue François 1er) will be treated to an avant-premiere viewing of DS E-TENSE FE 19 when it goes on display finished in an exclusive matt black and gold livery on March 7, 2018.

 

The avant-garde brand DS Automobiles first rose to the FIA Formula E challenge in Season 2 when new technical regulations provided constructors with an opportunity to demonstrate their particular expertise.

 

At the end of 2018, Season 5 of the series will mark the beginning of a fresh era for Formula E as a second generation of cars takes centre stage. In addition to combining an extensively revised chassis and a new aerodynamic package designed to generate extra download and less drag, with no rear wing, the new single-seaters will be equipped with a new battery, new tyres and ‘halo’ cockpit head protection.

 

Meanwhile, DS Performance has used its three years of experience in Formula E to entirely rethink its drive train. Its new motor – the DS E-MOTOR 19 – incorporates an optimised energy recovery system and the brand has capitalised on its knowhow to conceive a new transmission system, a new rear suspension arrangement, a new cooling system, a new fully active braking system and new electronics engineered to optimise energy management.

 

Since the creation of DS Automobiles in 2014, DS Performance has used the excellence that drives its successful Formula E programme to help shape its vision for automobile mobility in the future. The technology developed by the men and women working out of its Versailles headquarters has proved to be both efficient and competitive, as testified by the team’s winning record in the all-electric championship. In recent months, the brand has used the lessons learned while racing in this high-tech laboratory to finetune the development not only of DS 7 CROSSBACK E-TENSE 4×4 but also of its other upcoming electrified models.

 

“Formula E is set to undergo a revolution next season,” says DS Performance Director Xavier Mestelan Pinon. “The progress achieved recently by all the constructors involved in Formula E has spurred us to surpass ourselves and be even more resourceful. The new-generation cars will have a power output of 250kW and a 54kWh battery. DS E-TENSE FE 19’s drivers will consequently benefit from both twice the range and higher performance, and these gains mirror the phenomenal progress that has been seen in the world of electric vehicle technology made possible by Formula E. It is thanks to this level of technology that we are able to offer our customers ever more innovative cars and even higher performance, which is the real driving force behind our involvement in this avant-garde championship.”

DS E-TENSE FE 19 incorporates a number of new solutions conceived by DS Performance. Work on the car began in September 2016 and the first parts were submitted to bench testing the following spring. The target of a minimum weight of 900kg – driver and battery (380kg) included – represented a major challenge and DS Performance is also working on the development of an innovative energy recovery system based on electronically-controlled braking.

For its first public appearance, DS E-TENSE FE 19 features a matt black finish which expresses DS Performance’s new visual signature, while the livery’s gold detailing symbolises France’s unique savoir-faire in the luxury goods sector which is so dear to DS Automobiles.

Meanwhile, the lessons learned in racing are accelerating the development of DS Automobiles’ range of electrified vehicles. Plug-in or all-electric variants of all its models will effectively be available in the future, the first concrete example being DS 7 CROSSBACK E-TENSE 4×4 which will be equipped with two motors for a total power of 300 horsepower and a driving range on electricity alone in excess of 60 kilometres.

 

“We are extremely proud of the way DS Performance is defending DS’s colours in Formula E,” affirms Yves Bonnefont, CEO, DS Automobiles. “Our brand is young and ambitious, and electrified vehicles have been a core part of our strategy from the outset. By 2025, 35 percent of the DSs we sell will be electrified versions. And 2018 is a hugely important year for us, as well, since we are launching DS 7 CROSSBACK and there will be the debut of the new DS E-TENSE FE 19. More big surprises that benefit from the avant-garde innovation hatched by the creative forces at DS Automobiles are in store over the coming months, too.”

 

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS DS E-TENSE FE 19


Type: Single Seater
Length x width x height: 5,16 m x 1,77 m x 1,05 m
Wheelbase: 3,10 m
Weight of the car: 900 kg minimum with driver
Batteries : 54kwh capacity, 385 kg
Engine: electric engine driving rear wheels
Max Power: 250 kw (338 hp)
Racing energy recovered power: 250 kw
Supply: 900 v
Brakes: ventilated carbon disks, 4-piston calipers; rear brake by wire
Max speed: 230 kmh (optimised for street circuits)
0 to 100 kmh: 2,8 s
Braking distance : 100 m to slow down from 230 kmh to 40 kmh
Tyres: Michelin pilot sport ev saison 5, 245x40r18 (front), 305x40r18 (rear)

Team Peugeot Total targets the top with new 2018 PEUGEOT 208 WRX

BREAKING NEWS | PEUGEOT REVEAL WRX
Fresh from its success on the Dakar Rally, Team Peugeot Total is now aiming for the top in a brand-new adventure: the FIA World Rallycross Championship. To celebrate its first year in this spectacular and competitive sport as a full factory entry, the PEUGEOT SPORT team is preparing a 2018 version of the PEUGEOT 208 WRX, which has already shown plenty of potential in rallycross since making its competitive debut in 2014.

 

There will be 3 Team Peugeot Total official drivers on the 12-round World RX this year: the legend 9-time World Rally Champion Sebastien Loeb, rallycross frontrunner Timmy Hansen, and his fearless younger brother Kevin Hansen. The Swedes both represent the ‘next generation’ – part of the most successful family dynasty in the history of the sport -and will benefit from Loeb’s driving experience.

A new PEUGEOT 208 WRX has been prepared for 2018, that will be updated throughout the season, with step by step upgrades. The aim is simple: to score as many points as possible from the beginning of the season in a bid to claim the drivers’ and teams’ championships in future, adding to PEUGEOT’s illustrious off-road motorsport history.

While Loeb and Timmy Hansen will get to drive the new-specification 2018 car, Kevin Hansen will stick with an evolution of the 2017 car. The developments that will be brought to the latest-generation 560-horsepower PEUGEOT 208 WRX are designed to make it more powerful and driveable. Not only is it faster and lighter but it’s also easier to drive, with a more reactive feel and better torque.

The PEUGEOT SPORT engineering team has worked intensively on aerodynamics to increase performance, with the car featuring a new wing and a new rear bumper from the start of the year. Mechanically, apart from engine evolutions, the new car also has revised front suspension, dampers and bigger wheels, as well as a faster gearshift and new roll cage. The result is a visually striking rallycross challenger designed to go as well as its eye-catching look, but with a strong resemblance to the best-selling PEUGEOT 208 road car on which it is based.

QUOTE / UNQUOTE

 

Bruno Famin, PEUGEOT SPORT Director
“This marks the start of an exciting year for us, as the FIA World Rallycross Championship will be PEUGEOT’s key motorsport engagement in a factory capacity, with new rivals and a new environment. However, even though we have some past knowledge of the sport through the PEUGEOT-Hansen team, we have to be realistic, as our competitors are very experienced while we will have to train our team for this new discipline from scratch! Despite this big challenge, we are aiming for some wins this season, then something more in the seasons beyond. We decided to participate in world rallycross because we firmly believe in the future of this sport: the sporting format, which is short and intense, is exciting, the audience, younger than in other categories, is still growing, and furthermore we also believe in the electric future of the championship. So, we are preparing for this new generation of powertrain and new generation of fans right now, with the clear aim of promoting our current PEUGEOT 208 and its successor.”

 

Olivier Jansonnie, PEUGEOT SPORT Technical Director
“The target with our new car is to reach the level where we can compete with the frontrunners in rallycross and fight for the championship. And so, we have been through every aspect of the current car to identify ways in which we can reach that target. The result is a new car that will be progressively updated throughout the year. We start with quite a well-proven package, but as you add new elements to give you more performance, this can also come at the expense of reliability. Consequently, there is always a certain risk and we know we have a big challenge ahead. Our drivers are more than capable of fighting for wins, so I believe there’s a lot of potential in our package.”

 

Sébastien Loeb, Team Peugeot Total Driver #9
“My expectations are high for this year. PEUGEOT coming in as a factory team was exactly what was needed to take things up a level and enable us to fight for the championship. In the past we were close, but we were just missing a little extra. Now PEUGEOT’s official engagement can bring us that. We won’t have all the evolutions at the start of the year and that will make it difficult to fight for the championship from the beginning, but you never know: it all depends on how quickly we can develop. From a driving point of view, rallycross provides probably the most intense experience you can have as a driver. The races are very short, but the sensation is really amazing: the cars are like big WRC cars to drive, with 600 horsepower, so it’s a lot of fun. I’m looking forward to the season.”

 

Timmy Hansen, Team Peugeot Total Driver #21
“I’ve never competed at such a high level before with a factory team, so it’s an honour to be chosen to represent PEUGEOT at such an important time. We’re expecting the car to be better than ever with all the evolutions implemented by the PEUGEOT SPORT engineers, so this certainly increases our opportunity to do well, but we’ve got to remember that there are some very strong rivals in this championship. I prefer to keep my feet on the ground. My aim is simply to do as well as I can on every round, so that we can build on our progress step by step. I’m looking forward to getting behind the wheel at the first round in Barcelona; then we will see where we are compared to the others.”

 

Kevin Hansen, Team Peugeot Total Driver #71
“This is a fantastic opportunity for me, to join the official PEUGEOT team and to benefit from all the team’s knowledge. Maybe it’s come as a surprise to some people because my season last year wasn’t great, but I’ve learned a lot and I’m sure I can come back stronger. My aim is to be in the finals more often this year: if I achieve that, then we can maximise our chances. It’s so fantastic to have PEUGEOT in the sport as a factory team, and a sign of the big manufacturer interest in the future of this series, especially with the move to eventually becoming an electric championship. This is all positive.”


DID YOU KNOW ?
Rallycross (WRX) combines rallying and racing in a series of short and spectacular encounters all over the world, where cars do battle on a short circuit made up of both asphalt and gravel. Appealing to a new generation of fans, this forward-looking and spectator-friendly sport is practically tailor-made for social media, television and video, with plans to go electric in the close-future (2020).

Points finish for Lynn in Mexico City

Press Release – Mexico City, 3rd March 2018

DS Virgin Racing continue to show strong pace in Mexican capital. Bird continues title bid, remaining third in driver championship.

 

DS Virgin Racing’s Alex Lynn finishes in the points at the Mexico City E-Prix, in front of roaring crowds at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez.

The British driver showed strong pace in the opening practice sessions and despite a crash in FP2, was able to qualify in second position, with team mate Sam Bird qualifying in ninth as a result of a suspension issue.

Due to previous gear box changes both DS Virgin Racing drivers incurred ten place grid penalties for the Mexico City E-Prix, and after penalties were applied across the field, lined up on the grid in P10 and P19 respectively.

Bird pitted a lap earlier than the rest of the field and following a good car change was able to move up several positions. Unfortunately, a later incident with Prost saw the Brit fall down the rankings as he then continued to push on and battle hard around the 17-turn circuit.

Meanwhile, Lynn maintained consistent pace throughout whilst fighting against those around him. Following a good pit stop Lynn returned to the track in ninth position and continued to push hard. Opting for a different strategy to Bird, Lynn was able to push harder at the end of the race, allowing him to finish in the points.


Lynn
said : “Today was really positive, the team has showed we were fast through both free practice sessions and then making it into the Superpole shoot-out and qualifying in second. Unfortunately, due to a grid penalty, we started the race in tenth but managed to retain the place despite a frantic race. The performance we’ve shown today is positive and we’re confident moving forward to Punta Del Este.”


Bird
said : “It was a tough day at the office, we knew it was going to be difficult from the start of the weekend with the grid penalty, but we showed strong pace in both practice sessions. Going into the race, we knew we had to try something different with our strategy today, sadly this didn’t quite pay off but it’s positive that I still remain third in the driver standings. I’m looking forward to be racing again in Punta Del Este in a few weeks time.”


Team Principal Alex Tai commented : “We came into this weekend knowing we had difficult circumstances, but from the start of the weekend we showed we had the pace to challenge at the top. We were strong in all sessions prior to the race, with Alex making it into Superpole and qualifying second and Sam making it into the top ten. Whilst it is disappointing to only come away with one point this weekend, the team showed how competitive we are amongst fierce opposition. We look forward to showing our true potential in a few weeks when we race in Punta Del Este.”


DS Performance Director, Xavier Mestelan Pinon added: “The assessment of the weekend is disappointing, with only one point scored. Starting with ten place grid penalties for both cars, our chances of being able to position high on the grid were slim. However, we remain positive as we remain third in the driver championship and are close to the top three in the team standings. The team will now focus on the next race in Punta Del Este, in two weeks, where we hope to be competitive once again.”