Thursday 27th of February 2020

In just seven weeks' time the 2020 FIA World Rallycross Championship will begin at the World RX of Catalunya-Barcelona.

The Barcelona-Catalunya circuit joined the World RX schedule in 2015, with Norway’s Petter Solberg and the Swedes Mattias Ekstrom, Johan Kristoffersson and Timmy Hansen all having stood on the top step of the podium at the Formula One venue, where F1-pre-season testing is taking place this week.

But in 2016, it was in the FIA European Rallycross Championship for Supercar where history was made, as Sweden’s Kevin Hansen won the same prize that his father Kenneth had claimed so many times before him, by winning the Supercar title.

It was Hansen’s first season in Supercar after winning the RX Lites Cup support class (now called the RX2 International Series) the year before. For 2016, he raced a Peugeot 208 WRX for the Peugeot-Hansen Academy in selected World RX rounds and Euro RX.

His five-round Euro RX season began with a win at Mettet in Belgium, before victories at Hell in Norway and his home round at Holjes in Sweden set up him to win the title with a round to go at Catalunya-Barcelona.

He duly took the fastest times in Qualifyings 1, 2 and 3, then won semi-final 1 and the final to claim the European crown and celebrated on the famous tarmac. At the final round in Riga, Latvia, in wet conditions Hansen spun on the first lap of the final and fought back to finish the last race of the season second, behind Albatec Racing’s Tommy Rustad.

Kevin Hansen then finished second in the FIA World Rallycross Championship final at Catalunya-Barcelona last season, in a 1-2 finish for the Hansen brothers.

Photos: Red Bull

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