Tuesday 5th of November 2019

Just days before they fight it out for the biggest prize in rallycross in South Africa this weekend, Kevin and Timmy Hansen have confirmed that their #YellowSquad driver development programme will enter the RX2 International Series presented by Cooper Tires in 2020, after joining forces with front-running outfit Team Färén.

#YellowSquad might only have been in existence for nine months, but success has been swift, with Julius Ljungdahl clinching the RallyX on Ice CrossCar crown and similarly shining in RallyX Nordic – the Swedish teenager perfectly exemplifying the Hansen brothers’ aim of discovering the next generation of rallycross stars.

Bolstered by those achievements, #YellowSquad will now take the next step into the official FIA World Rallycross Championship feeder series in linking up with Team Färén, which guided Dan Rooke to the 2017 runner-up spoils and has this year fielded cars for Damien Meunier, William Nilsson, Marcus Höglund and Yann Le Jossec. Experienced former rallycross driver Eric Färén remains as Team Manager, overseeing the operational element of the team.

As the second stage of the #YellowSquad project, the RX2 programme will offer a complete package that supports talented young drivers in all aspects of the sport, from driving to physical training, working with partners and the media as well as fine-tuning the skills required to win races and championships – thereby fully preparing them for graduation to the top flight.

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Kevin Hansen, Team Principal:
“Part of what makes #YellowSquad so important to us is the fact that we are investing so much towards getting young drivers into rallycross, which this expansion will allow us to do. Everyone in the Hansen family loves rallycross, so to be able to create a ladder for drivers to move up into RX2 and then Supercars makes us really proud.”

Timmy Hansen, Head of Driver Development:
“I was lucky to grow up in a family that lives and breathes rallycross, and in my parents Kenneth and Susann, I had two great teachers! But not everyone has a multiple rallycross champion in the family, so I was keen to work with Kevin to find and develop the next generation of rallycross talent ourselves, using all the lessons I have learned from my years in European and World RX. There are so many elements that go into being a great rallycross driver beyond what happens in the driver’s seat, and I will be working with the #YellowSquad drivers as much away from the car as in it.”

Eric Färén, Team Manager:
“Like Kevin and Timmy have said, their expertise will help the drivers and that will be their focus, while I take care of the operations of the team. By concentrating on the areas we are each best at, we will have a better package for everyone next year. RX2 for me is the best place for drivers to start – the cars are all the same and I would say 90 per cent of the result is down to the driver, so it’s easy to see who the best driver is. Supercar Lites cars are built so that you learn all you need to be good in a Supercar, which is why you need to have a good team, to understand the set-up and to have a good car. A lot of World Championship drivers have come from RX2 / RX Lites and I feel like it’s the last step before a driver is ready for World RX, so it fits perfectly into #YellowSquad’s development ladder.”

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