FLASHBACK: KEVIN HANSEN WORLD RX DEBUT
Thursday 8th of November 2018
Team Peugeot Total’s Kevin Hansen will return to his Peugeot 208 WRX Supercar for the final round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship at the World RX of South Africa in Cape Two in two weeks, following a crash in the semi-finals at the World RX of Germany recently.
The last round of the season will mark three years since 20-year-old Hansen made his World RX Supercar debut at the World RX of Argentina in Rosario in 2015. Hansen’s debut in a Olsbergs MSE Ford Fiesta Supercar was as a prize for winning the RX Lites Cup (now known as the RX2 international Series) the same year. He tested the Fiesta for the first time at Loheac in France in wet conditions before heading to South America. Ninth quickest in Q1, Hansen set a best time of seventh in Q3 and then finishing third in semi-final one to qualify for the final on his debut.
Starting sixth on the grid, Hansen took the joker on the first lap while his brother Timmy battled with Robin Larsson for the race lead. Timmy Hansen then took his joker on lap two and stayed ahead of Kevin, but on lap four in the first chicane Timmy made a mistake and almost unbelievably was hit by Kevin. Both drivers retired and Kevin Hansen was classified fifth. The next season, Kevin Hansen became the youngest winner of the FIA European Rallycross Championship for Supercar, and raced in selected World RX rounds. He has now started 29 World RX rounds, finished fourth three times and is hunting his first podium. Could he make there top three in Cape Town?
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