Monday 6 May 2019

Matter France repairs Team Hansen MJP bodyshell after Abu Dhabi crash.

Team Hansen MJP faced the uphill challenge of repairing Timmy Hansen's accident damaged Peugeot 208 WRX Supercar following his crash with Andreas Bakkerud at the FIA World Rallycross Championship season opener in Abu Dhabi. 

Timmy Hansen was forced to withdraw from the weekend after the Q3 crash with Andreas Bakkerud that seriously damaged his Peugeot 208 WRX Supercar. 

It was now a race against time to prepare Timmy Hansen's Peugeot for the second round of the World RX championship in Barcelona. Could the team repair the damage in time?

On 12 April, the Swedish team's supercars returned from the Yas Marina Circuit and were released to the team. 

The very next day, the team stripped down the stricken 208 WRX Supercar and on April 14, the stripped-down bodyshell was taken to Matter Motorsport (Matter France) for the necessary repairs

Matter France was created by Winfried Matter in the late '80s and has become the reference for the safety of competition vehicles.

After receiving the body shell on 14 April, Matter France started work on repairing the accident damage, and after a few days of extensive labour and repairs. Team Hansen MJP received the repaired bodyshell and roll cage. 

On the evening of April 20, Team Hansen MJP sent the bodyshell and roll cage for paint. The following day, Timmy Hansen's supercar would go through two days of reassembly ahead of a scheduled shakedown on 22 April.

The shakedown test was a success and the Team Hansen MJP supercars were sent to Barcelona for the second round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship. 

Timmy Hansen said: “We went through so much just to get to the start in Barcelona. In Abu Dhabi it was going so well, then it was the worst outcome possible, the car was damaged and again the guys had to work super hard to repair the car.”

Matter France captured every step of rebuilding Timmy Hansen's Peugeot 208 WRX Supercar. So, please enjoy the images supplied by Matter France below: 

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TEXT - Junaid Samodien

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