WHY TEAM HANSEN MJP ARE THE ONES TO WATCH THIS YEAR
Wednesday 27th of March 2019
Team Hansen MJP might have been one of the last teams to enter the FIA World Rallycross Championship for 2019 with drivers Timmy and Kevin Hansen, but the Swedish team can expect to be fighting for both the Drivers’ and Teams’ titles this year. Here’s why Team Hansen MJP are ones to watch in 2019.
They Have The Pace
Timmy Hansen was one of the pace setters in the early rounds of World RX last season, and could have won at least one event if he’d had more luck on his side. He led the semi-final at round one in Catalunya-Barcelona until forced to stop with an electrical issue. He then hit a wall when on target for a podium finish at round two in Portugal, then delivered one of a drives of the entire season in Belgium with a stunning performance in semi-final two after being spun at the first corner to eventually finish on the podium. He also chased Sweden’s Johan Kristoffersson all the way to the finish in Canada RX.
2016 FIA European Rallycross Champion Kevin Hansen has been racing Peugeot 208 WRX Supercars since 2016, but this year will be the first time that he has been in equal equipment with his brother. After a string of fourth-place finishes in his World RX career so far, Kevin Hansen will be right in the mix for podiums from round one in Abu Dhabi this year.
At 26-years-old (Timmy) and 20-years-old (Kevin), Team Hansen MJP’s driver line up is still one of the youngest on the grid, but both have been competing in high-level rallycross for the last six years, and Timmy has started in every World RX race ever – all 61 of them!. Young in years, the brothers are two of the most experienced rallycross drivers on the grid.
The Peugeot 208 WRX Supercars that Team Hansen MJP will race this year are similar to the cars used in the first part of the 2018 season by Team Peugeot Total. It was in that car that France’s Sebastien Loeb won the World RX of Belgium. In fact, the 208 WRX was the only car apart from PSRX Volkswagen Sweden’s Volkswagen Polo to win a World RX round last season, leaving it one of the cars to beat this year.
Legendary Team Principal
Not only are Team Hansen MJP’s drivers two of the most experienced on the grid in World RX this year, but the team is run by the most successful driver in the history of rallycross, Kenneth Hansen. The Swede won 14 FIA European Rallycross Championships in his driving career, and since ending his time at the wheel has also guided his drivers to a further three Euro RX titles, and his Team Peugeot Hansen team won the World RX Teams’ Championship in 2015.Share this story on Facebook Share this story on Twitter