LEGENDS OF RALLYCROSS: KENNETH HANSEN
The second instalment in a new series looking at some of the legendary drivers to have starred in the first 50 years of rallycross
Name: Kenneth Hansen
RX Highlight: 14 time FIA European Rallycross Champion
Kenneth Hansen, from Gotene in Sweden, is the most successful rallycross driver of all time, with 14 FIA European Rallycross Championship titles to his name. Having started his rallycross career racing a Volvo Amazon, he moved into Euro RX in 1987 and switched to a Ford Sierra RS500 in the Division 1 support category for 1989, before becoming one of the first professional drivers in the sport.
Having secured four titles with the Sierra, Hansen switched to Supercar (then known as Division 2), with a Citroen ZX and won his very first event in Austria. He finished his maiden season second, but won the Supercar title in 1994 and over the next 14 years, claimed a further nine crowns, driving Citroen ZXs, Xsaras and C4s. He raced in his last full season in 2010 as team mate to Great Britain’s Liam Doran, but finished on the podium in Sweden and the Czech Republic in 2011, in selected appearances to develop the Hansen Motorsport team’s new Citroen DS3.
Hansen stopped driving at the end of that year, but his team had already grown into running full-time drivers. Racing the DS3, Russia’s Timur Timerzyanov won back-to-back Euro RX titles in 2012 and 2013, as France’s Sebastien Loeb drove one of the cars to win X Games LA in 2012.
For the 2014 season, Hansen’s team partnered Peugeot Sport to become Team Peugeot-Hansen in the FIA World Rallycross Championship. The squad won the World RX Teams’ Championship in 2015 with drivers Timmy Hansen (Hansen’s oldest son) and France’s Davy Jeanney, and also won the FIA European Rallycross Championship in 2016 with Hansen’s youngest son, Kevin Hansen.
Today, Kenneth Hansen is Team Principal of Team Peugeot-Hansen, which runs Peugeot 208 WRX Supercars in World RX for his oldest son Timmy Hansen, Sebastien Loeb and Kevin Hansen.
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