Kevin Hansen secures RX LitesCup title in Italy

Kevin Hansen secures RX LitesCup title in Italy

2015-10-19

Entering into the final round of the season with an 11 point lead at the top of the standings, Kevin Hansen was never out of the top three in the four heat races in Italy, to qualify second at the Intermediate Classification. Before the semi-finals, the Peugeot Red Bull Hansen Junior Team driver knew that he needed to qualify for the final to secure the championship, but when title rival Thomas Bryntesson broke the rear suspension of his RX Lites car in his semi-final race, Hansen was able to fight for the podium without having to think about the points situation. He finished second in the second semi-finaland in the final to stand on the podium as champion.

“It feels so amazing to wrap up this season with a podium in Italy. Coming into this weekend, I was not so nervous, but when you get closer and closer to the end, the feelings start to come up inside you. Before the semi-final I knew I had to get to the final to be champion, but when I saw Thomas [Bryntesson] slow on the track in the first semi-final, I knew I was champion already, so I could enjoy the two last races,” said the Peugeot 208 Lites driver.“I’m really happy with the second place. Before anything else I must say thanks to the whole team for all of their hard work, I couldn’t do it without them. The team spirit is amazing and I’m so happy to be champion together with them.”

Hansen started on the second row for the final in wet conditions, and made a strong start to challenge for the lead at the first corner, but elected to settle for second on lap one, as other drivers made contact. “The final was chaotic at the start, I made a few mistakes during the race and Kevin [Eriksson] was really fast. I could have been first into the first corner but I decided to play it safe. We have the championship, that’s the most important part for us and it was nice to be able to race for the podium.”

The RX Lites Cup has featured hard fought competition at the front of the field throughout the season, making Hansen’s win all the sweeter. “There has been really hard racing all year; we’ve all been really close together all the time. As a team we’ve been stable all year, collecting good points all the time, and the car has been so quick and strong. I’m so,so happy to be champion,” summarised Hansen.

Red Bull Peugeot Hansen Junior Team manager Graham Rodemark has worked with Hansen throughout his rallycross career. “When we started off in the Suzuki Swifts in the UK we could see the potential in Kevin, and he has delivered on that this season. To do what we’ve done with Kevin has been awesome. He has dealt with the pressure phenomenally well this weekend; he’s really kept himself together. I’m really proud of him,” said the British engineer.

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RX Lites Cup, ItalyResult :

1 Kevin Eriksson (SWE)
2 Kevin Hansen (SWE)
3 Joachim Hvaal (NOR)
4 Oliver Eriksson (SWE)
5 Simon WagoSyversen (NOR)
6 Simon Olofsson (SWE)

RX Lites Cup championship standings :

1 Kevin Hansen (SWE) 178
2Kevin Eriksson (SWE) 166
3 Thomas Bryntesson (NOR) 160
4 Joachim Hvaal (NOR) 107
5 Simon Olofsson (SWE) 106
6 Simon WagoSyversen (NOR) 81

Keep up to date with Kevin Hansen’s progress:

www.KevinHansen.se

@kevinhansenjr on Twitter and Instagram and "Kevin Hansen" on Facebook.

 

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

Supercar Lites events 2015 RX LitesCup : 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 Octobe