Kevin Hansen finishes second at season opener in Portugal

Kevin Hansen finishes second at season opener in Portugal

2015-04-28

Driving his Peugeot 208 Lites in the FIA World Rallycross Championship support category, Hansen fought back from a difficult first day of the event to qualify second at the Intermediate Classification, win the second semi-final and finish a hard fought second in the final to arch rival and friend Kevin Eriksson, in incredibly wet and slippery conditions.

“It feels really great to get on the podium. We had some really crazy races all weekend. Kevin [Eriksson] had an easy time and we had a tough weekend but we took the maximum we could and made the best of it, which feels great. This is what we need to do if we want to do well in the championship,” said Red Bull athlete Hansen.

“The first day was not effortless, we had a good practice but electrical problems meant we could only do two runs. I made a small mistake in the first heat, then had a crazy heat two; I went into the first corner third and got into the lead straight away, but got a touch from behind and hit the wall which broke the suspension so I was pleased to be fourth after day one.”

Sixteen year-old Hansen worked hard with Peugeot Red Bull Hansen Junior Team manager Graham Rodemark on day two to get the best from both himself and his 208 Lites and made the most of strong setup choices in the variable conditions. “We made some great changes for the really difficult conditions today,” he said. “The rain started to fall before the final and we made the right tyre choice but my start wasn’t great and I was fourth after the first corner. You couldn’t see anything, I just pushed as hard as I could and followed the rain light of the car in front. I got some really bad traffic but passed [Tobias] Brink into the joker on lap four, but braked too late and went wide. We both got out ahead of the second place guy then I made a move inside Brink on the fifth lap and it was great to get home in second place. I’m really looking forward to my next event at my home track at Skovde in the Swedish championship.”

Rodemark was impressed by Hansen’s performance and is looking forward to the rest of the 2015 season. “This weekend was very good, Kevin showed a lot of potential and maturity. Especially in the final where he had a brilliant start but was unlucky in a typical rallycross first corner. To get it all together and finish second was great. Kevin definitely has the potential to win this year,” said the British engineer.

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RX Lites Cup Portugal Result :

1 Kevin Eriksson
2 Kevin Hansen
3 Joachim Hvaal
4 Tobias Brink
5 Krzysztof Holowczyc
6 Sandra Hultgren

Keep up to date with Kevin Hansen’s progress:

www.KevinHansen.se @kevinhansenjr and on Facebook.

Contact: Susann Hansen, +46 70 5906068, email: susann@hansen-motorsport.se

Supercar Lites events 2015:

RX Lites Cup : www.rxlites.com

 

Montalegre, Portugal - 24th / 26th April
Lydden Hill, Great Britain - 22nd / 24th May
Holjes, Sweden - 3rd / 5th July
Hell, Norway – 21st / 23rd August
Barcelona, Spain –18th – 20th September
Istanbul Park, Turkey – 2nd / 4th October
Franciacorta, Italy – 16th – 18th October

RallyX Scandinavia Championship : www.rallyx.se

Skovde, Sweden - 10th May
Strangnas, Sweden - 11th June
Kalix, Sweden – 17th - 18th July
Arvika, Sweden – 1st August
Solvalla, Sweden - 10th September