Pace, points and bad luck for Kevin Hansen at Strangnas

Pace, points and bad luck for Kevin Hansen at Strangnas

2015-06-13


Driving his Peugeot 208 Lites, Hansen set the fastest time in second practice and won his first heat race, to lead the field - the only driver to stop the race clock under 2 minutes 50seconds. While pushing hard in his heat two race, Hansen suffered from a broken bolt in the rear of the car, losing a wheel and sending him into a wall, the car ending up on its side.

“We were really quick in the first heat, but then in heat two we had the same problem as at the last round in Skovde. The wheel came off on the downhill before the jump and there was nothing I could do,” said the Red Bull athlete.

Thanks to a fantastic effort from the team, Hansen was able to start heat three, but the clutch had also been damaged. Despite the clutch becoming progressively worse throughout the final heat, Hansen won his race and lay in fifth at the Intermediate Classification. However, with no time to replace the unit before the semi-finals, Hansen was forced to limp through the race, but was able to pick up an extra point for finishing fifth.

“At the start of the semi-final I had no clutch at all, so I had to start the car on the start motor. I lost five or six second at the start and then half a second each lap because I had to change gear while lifting off the throttle. I had to think of the gearing not the driving. It was quite difficult. To only lose two seconds in four laps was pretty good,” said reigning champion Hansen, who is upbeat about his 2015 title aspirations.

“We were fastest again this weekend. But, sometimes it’s like this. We won our last event at Lydden Hill in England then it’s been bad here. I’m 12 points behind the championship leader. There are three races left and I can still win the championship myself without relying on what happens to other people, which is a good feeling. It will be tough but we have an honest chance; if I win everything I will win the championship so we have everything to fight for.”

Hansen’s next event will be the third round of the RX Lites Cup, support category to the FIA World Rallycross Championship at Holjes, Sweden [3-5 July], where Hansen will be aiming to repeat his 2014 podium at his home round of the series.

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RallyX Scandinavia Lites, Strangnas Result :
1 Thomas Bryntesson (SWE)
2 Oliver Eriksson (SWE)
3 Tobias Brink (SWE)
4 Joachim Hvaal (NOR
5 William Nilsson (SWE)
6 Viktor Johansson (SWE)
7 Kevin Hansen (SWE)

RallyX Scandinavia Lites championship :
1 Tobias Brink (SWE) 49
2 Viktor Johansson (SWE) 37
= Kevin Hansen (SWE) 37
4 Oliver Eriksson (SWE) 34
5 Simon Olofsson (SWE) 34
6 Sandra Hultgren (SWE) 34

Keep up to date with Kevin Hansen’s progress: www.KevinHansen.se
@kevinhansenjr and on Facebook.

Contact Team manager: 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 - 10thMay
Strangnas, Sweden - 11th June
Kalix, Sweden – 17th / 18th July
Arvika, Sweden – 1st August
Solvalla, Sweden - 10th September