WRX Round #11 – Estering, Germany 13.10-14.10
Whether you call it by its official circuit name of Estering, or after the nearby village of Buxtehude – as most rallycross people do – Germany’s round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship is one of the most popular events on the calendar, located in the north of the country close to Hamburg. This year, the German stop will also mark the penultimate round of the FIA World RX Championship and the last one in Europe. Team PEUGEOT Total returns to competition closer to home after more than 2 intense learning weeks in the USA, with the prospect of challenging conditions – as the German autumnal climate often features heavy rain.

  • Sebastien Loeb and Timmy Hansen kept up Team PEUGEOT Total’s track record of graduating to the Final at the last round of the championship in the United States last week-end (round 10/12). This is in keeping with PEUGEOT Sport’s roadmap as the team keeps on learning and developing the PEUGEOT 208 WRX Evo in only its 1st season as a full factory WRX team.
  • After his promising performance in the USA, the team’s Junior Kevin Hansen is eager to join his team mates in the Final once more this season.
  • Buxtehude is a fast and furious track that nonetheless contains a lot of variety in terms of speeds and grip, as well as many challenges for the drivers. Located in the rustic depths of the countryside, 35 kilometres from Hamburg, the circuit is 952 metres long and contains a 60-40% asphalt to gravel split, with the track width varying between 10 and 16 metres. The fastest lap dates from last year, 35.277s, courtesy of newly-crowned 2018 champion Johan Kristoffersson. The weekend promises to offer an ‘old school’ rallycross experience with a compact layout and thousands of enthusiastic fans creating a weekend-long party atmosphere. 

Kenneth Hansen, Team Peugeot Total manager
“Buxtehude is an interesting track because there are many different ways to approach it, both in terms of set up and driving style. The circuit only covers a small area but there’s a bit of everything, from a fast straight where we’ll be reaching 170 or 180kph, to an uphill gravel chicane that can quickly become quite rough. Even though there isn’t an actual jump at Buxtehude, you often see the cars bouncing in the air because of the holes that form in the road. It’s a wild ride, but it’s a lot of fun! The weather in this area is capable of anything really at this time of year. What’s interesting is that if it rains, the gravel tends to retain the moisture. I think it’s a circuit that should be well-suited to our car, so we go there in the hope of doing well.”
Sébastien Loeb, Team PEUGEOT Total Driver
“Germany is quite challenging. It’s a track where you fly a lot because there’s not much grip at all, either on the asphalt or the gravel, and this makes it particularly tricky. It’s reasonably narrow but it's interesting. To be honest it’s not my favourite place, but I hope with our latest evolutions that the car will be competitive there and we can get a result. As usual, the objective will be to have a clean weekend from the very start and avoid running in traffic: this is the real key to success in rallycross. What's encouraging is the progress we are making all the time with the development of the 208 WRX: the engineers and mechanics are working so hard. I hope people will be able to see the results on the track.”
Timmy Hansen, Team PEUGEOT Total Driver
PEUGEOT 208WRX Evo #21
‘’Germany is a proper gravel circuit where you have to be in full attack mode from the beginning: it’s going to be fun to drive there. After the weekend in the United States, where it’s very difficult to overtake, Buxtehude will be a bit different; anything can happen. It’s a proper rallycross circuit, quite old school. I’m looking forward to being there: it’s the sort of place where you throw the car into the corner, get on the throttle, throw up some gravel and enjoy yourself. I was second in Germany last year, so it’s clear that there’s only one way to improve!”
Kevin Hansen, Team PEUGEOT Total Driver
“Going from Austin to Buxtehude will be as big a contrast as it was for my brother when he went from the Nitro Games circuit in Utah to Austin in Texas last weekend! Buxtehude is a really traditional RX track and it’s one of my favourites. I’ve been in the Final for the last 2 years there, so I really have a good feeling with the place and I hope to do well again now. The gravel there is old school: the new tracks have concrete dust mixed in with the gravel, which means that you soon get through that and then find a much firmer surface below. Traditional gravel like you have in Germany is much looser, so you have to slide the car more and be quite aggressive with it: that’s great fun!”

1. PSRX Volkswagen Sweden - 483 pts
2. EKS Audi Sport - 404 pts
3. Team PEUGEOT Total - 358 pts
4. GRX Taneco - 201 pts 
5. GC Kompetition - 130 pts
6. Olsbergs MSE - 50 pts
1. Johan KRISTOFFERSSON / Volkswagen Polo R - 281 pts
2. Mattias EKSTRÖM / Audi S1 - 204 pts
3. Petter SOLBERG / Volkswagen Polo R – 202 pts
4. Andreas BAKKERUD / Audi S1 - 200 pts
5. Sébastien LOEB / PEUGEOT 208 WRX - 195 pts
6. Timmy HANSEN / PEUGEOT 208 WRX - 163 pts
7. Niclas GRÖNHOLM / Hyundai i20 - 124 pts  
8. Kevin HANSEN / PEUGEOT 208 WRX - 113 pts
9. Janis BAUMANIS / Ford Fiesta - 79 pts 
10. Timur TIMERZYANOV / Hyundai i20 - 77 pts
11. Guerlain CHICHERIT / Renault Mégane RS - 58 pts
12. Robin LARSSON / Ford Fiesta - 25 pts
14. Kevin ERIKSSON / Ford Fiesta - 25 pts
15. Anton MARKLUND / Renault Mégane RS - 13 pts
16. Grégoire DEMOUSTIER / PEUGEOT 208 WRX - 11 pts

PEUGEOT is one of the biggest stars of the current Paris Motor Show, held not far from where the PEUGEOT 208 WRX is built (in the PEUGEOT Sport workshop in Versailles) with the stunning e-Legend concept. This is a fully electric concept car inspired by the legendary 504 from 1968, featuring a battery pack that sends power to all four wheels. The e-Legend concept puts out 462PS, which would send it from 0-100kph in less than 4 seconds and on to a top speed of 220kph, with an estimated range of 600kph. The FIA World Rallycross Championship has also committed to an entirely electric future: one of the reasons why PEUGEOT selected the discipline as the focus of its factory motorsport programme.

  • Get to understand everything better about the format of World RX racing and the main rules of the championship:
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Rallycross was watched more than 24 million people on TV last year (17 million of them in Europe) – and the numbers are growing steadily. Not only that, but more than 32 million minutes of rallycross footage was watched on YouTube, which combined with Instagram and Facebook adds up to a digital footprint in excess of 34 million views. The main TV broadcasters include L’Equipe in France, Sport TV in Portugal, CBS in the USA, RTBF in Belgium, SVT in Sweden and RDS in Canada, …

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