YEAR IN REVIEW: HANSENS RULE THE ROOST
Monday 30th of December 2019
We take a look at the remarkable record of the world champions, Team Hansen MJP, in our review of 2019 World RX.
Team: Team Hansen MJP
Car: Peugeot 208 WRX
Drivers: Timmy Hansen (SWE) #21, Kevin Hansen (SWE) #71
Teams’ Championship Points: 410
Teams’ Championship Position: 1st
Hansen Motorsport returned to being a private team for 2019 and formed Team Hansen MJP, running Peugeot 208 WRX Supercars from 2019. With brothers Timmy and Kevin Hansen, the team had a clear goal, to try and win both the Drivers’ and Teams’ titles, which it achieved at the final round in South African in dramatic fashion.
Here’s how Timmy and Kevin fared head-to-head:
Quickest Qualifying Times:
TH 15 – 2 KH
Timmy Hansen set almost twice as many fastest qualifying times as the next nearest driver in 2019. He began the year with two quickest times on day one in Abu Dhabi until being put out of the event by an incident with Andreas Bakkerud. He then took World RX’s third ever clean sweep in round two at Barcelona RX and was only beaten for the first time in Belgium. Kevin Hansen took a pair of fastest times in Q3 and Q4 in Abu Dhabi, his only qualifying wins of the season.
TH 8 – 10 KH
Kevin Hansen qualified for the semi-finals in every round through 2019, and took the TQ (top qualifier) spot in round one at Yas Marina. He also started on pole position in the semi-finals in Barcelona after taking P2 in the Intermediate Classification. Timmy Hansen qualified for the semi-finals in Abu Dhabi despite retiring from Q3 and being a DNS in Q4 but was unable to start due to roll cage damage. He also missed the semi-finals after an incident packed pair of qualifiers in Canada, which included hitting a wall and several bits of contact in another chaotic race. The older brother took three TQ spots.
TH 7 – 8 KH
Kevin Hansen made all but two of the finals through the season. He missed the last race of the weekend at Silverstone by spinning in the joker lap on the final lap while running second, then contact with Liam Doran at the end of their semi at Spa also meant the Swede didn’t make the top six. Timmy Hansen made the final seven times from eight semi-final appearances, only missing out in the wet conditions in Norway. Four times he started from the front row.
TH 4 – 5 KH
Timmy Hansen only finished on the podium four times in his title-winning season, but in each of those he claimed victory. Kevin Hansen meanwhile visited the podium in half of season’s rounds, including three second places and a third at Loheac, where a storming driving lifted him onto the podium with a last-lap joker.
TH 4 – 1 KH
Timmy Hansen took four wins through the season, with a dominant display at Barcelona RX, the taking wins at Silverstone, Loheac and Riga. He might have won more if he hadn’t had the incident with Andreas Bakkerud in Q3 in Abu Dhabi, or clipped a kerb and punctured a tyre while chasing Sebastian Eriksson for the win in Sweden. Kevin Hansen took his first ever World RX victory in round one. He lost the lead to Niclas Gronholm in the final and finished second but was promoted to victory when Gronholm was given a penalty.
TH (1st) 211 points – (3rd) 199 points KH
Timmy Hansen entered the final round of the season one point ahead of Andreas Bakkerud, and after THAT final, where Hansen and Bakkerud had contact on lap one and they eventually finished P4 (Hansen) and P2 (Bakkerud), it was Hansen who took the title on wins count back. Kevin Hansen finished third in the Drivers’ standings and was still in contention for the title at the final round. In the Teams’ standings, Hansen MJP secured the title at the end of qualifying in South Africa.
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