Peugeot Sport will increase their involvement in the FIA World Rallycross Championship in 2018, while Ford has announced to step down with their Hoonigan Racing Division.
Peugeot currently participate in WorldRX with Team Peugeot-Hansen and will start their 5th season in 2018. Sebastien Loeb will remain a part of the team, while Peugeot Sport doesn’t specify exactly was the extra involvement means. It could just be more money for the three cars that the team currently enters, or it could be entering more cars. Team Peugeot-Hansen was a 4-car team in 2016 with Davy Jeanney racing alongside Loeb and brothers Kevin and Timmy Hansen.
Hoonigan Racing Division with Ken Block and Andreas Bakkerud will end their programme after the 2017 season. Block has very strong ties to to Ford, so that will most likely be a goodbye to the colourful American. Block has participated in 25 WorldRX events so far, but haven’t been on the top step of the podium yet. Only twice has he made it to the podium, after being in the final four times.
It’s a bit more unclear regarding Andreas Bakkerud. Bakkerud has said himself that he hopes to continue in WorldRX, but has mentioned too that he will continue to work on projects with Ken Block.
The last time that we will see Hoonigang Racing Division on the Rallycross tracks, at least for now, will be on 12 November when the final of this years Championship will be held in South Africa.