The works-supported Peugeot-Hansen team has announced that Frenchman Davy Jeanney will partner Timmy Hansen in the World Rallycross Championship this season.
Jeanney finished second in the European championship in 2013, driving a Citroen C4, beating new teammate Hansen in a last round points fight in Germany.
Last season, the former French champion was without a full-time drive in World RX, but he deputised for Jacques Villeneuve at Albatec Racing at Lydden Hill, and contested selected events later in the year for the Monster Energy World RX Team. Hansen remains with the team for a second term, having won the Italian round of World RX last season.
“This is my first contract with a factory team, so it’s a significant turning point in my career,” said Jeanney. “It’s a new challenge and I couldn’t be more committed to the program. The cards are stacked up nicely and it will be up to me to make the most of them.
“I was really surprised when I sat behind the wheel of the 208 WRX for the very first time, and my aim is to up my pace as the season progresses.”
The Swedish-French outfit has made improvements throughout the car, which last season was based on a 208 T16 R5 rally car.
The latest specification 208 WRX machine is more rallycross focused, using the experience of both multiple-champion Kenneth Hansen’s team and Peugeot Sport in France.
“Last year’s car was derived directly from the 208 T16 – this time, we used the winter break to take it a little closer to the limits authorised by the regulations,” said Peugeot Sport director Bruno Famin. “We believe the result is a significant step forward in terms of performance.
“The aim is to win individual races and also be in contention for the teams’ and drivers’ titles.
Timmy Hansen believes the squad will in with a chance of victory from the first round in Portugal.
“I am very excited,” he said. “I think we have a car that has the potential to win out of the box. On a personal level, I have worked even harder to prepare for the coming season. I feel much sharper and this is surely the best car I have ever had in my career.”
WORLD RX LINEUP SO FAR
World RX Team Austria (Ford Fiesta)
Max Pucher/Manfred Stohl
Volkswagen Team Sweden (Volkswagen Polo)
Johan Kristoffersson/Tord Linnerud
Team Peugeot-Hansen (Peugeot 208)
Timmy Hansen/Davy Jeanney
SDRX (Petter Solberg) (Citroen DS3)
Oslbergs MSE (Ford Fiesta)
Marklund Motorsport (Volkswagen Polo)
Toomas Heikkinen/PG Andersson
EKS RX (Audi S1)
Mattias Ekstrom/Anton Marklund
ALL-INKL Munnich Motorsport (Audi S3)
Robin Larsson (Audi A1)