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WORLD RX TEAM BY TEAM REVIEW - TEAM HANSEN

Wednesday 30th of December 2020

Team: Team Hansen

Car: Peugeot 208 WRX

Drivers: Timmy Hansen (SWE) #1, Kevin Hansen (SWE) #9

Teams’ Championship Points: 298

Teams’ Championship Position: 2nd

 

Team Hansen entered the 2020 FIA World Rallycross Championship as the reigning Teams’ and Drivers’ Champions, but didn’t have the pace at every round to fight for the titles with brothers Timmy and Kevin Hansen. The team improved through the season however and Timmy won what would be the penultimate round. If the season had continued as planned for the final two events, Team Hansen might have challenged for the Teams’ Championship.

 

Here’s how Timmy and Kevin fared head-to-head:

 

Quickest Qualifying Times:

TH 0 – 0 KH

Neither Hansen driver set a quickest qualifying time during the 2020 World RX season, but between brothers Timmy and Kevin, the team’s drivers took nine P2 positions and nine P3 positions from the 24 qualifiers. Reigning World RX Drivers’ Champion Timmy Hansen took at least one P2 time in each of the first three double-headers, then was P2 twice in round seven in Catalunya-Barcelona. The next day, Kevin Hansen also took two P2 times, and beat Timmy in the Intermediate Classification for the second time of the year.

 

Semi-final starts:

TH 8 – 8 KH

 

Final starts:

TH 7 – 5 KH

 

Both Hansen drivers made the semi-finals in every round of 2020. The only time Timmy Hansen didn’t progress to the final was when he got disqualified from the semis at Holjes-Sweden in round two for contact. Despite being among the pace setters during the final round in Catalunya-Barcelona, round eight was one of three occasions where Kevin Hansen was either P4 or P5 in the semi-finals and didn’t make the final.

 

Podiums:

TH 4 – 2 KH

Despite the Peugeot 208 not initially having the performance hoped for by the team in 2020, Kevin Hansen finished on the podium in the first weekend of the season, with P2 at Holjes-Sweden. Hansen had battled with Timo Scheider for P3 on the podium, but moved up a place due to a time penalty for Johan Kristoffersson. Kevin’s next podium was in round seven, in Catalunya-Barcelona where he was P3, sharing the Barcelona podium with his brother for a second year in a row. Timmy Hansen visited the podium four times, once in Finland and Latvia, and two times at Catalunya-Barcelona during the strongest weekend for the Peugeot 208 team.

 

Wins:

TH 1 – 0 KH

Team Hansen worked hard to improve the pace of the Peugeot 208 through the season, and by what ended up being the final round at Catalunya-Barcelona, Timmy Hansen scored the first and only win of his season with Number 1 on the side of his car. At the same circuit where Hansen got his championship challenge underway in 2019, the Swede beat compatriot and 2020 champion elect Johan Kristoffersson in a straight fight for victory in round seven.

 

Championship:

TH (3rd) 163 points – KH (5th) 135 points

Timmy Hansen climbed to third in the 2020 World RX Drivers’ Championship after a difficult start to the year, dropping two places from winning the title in 2019. But, this year was only the third time Hansen has finished in the top three in the points in the seven seasons of World RX. Kevin Hansen finished P5 in the Drivers’ Championship, just 12 points behind Robin Larsson in P4.

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