Fri 29 Sep 2023

Hansen ready to trade Mettet struggle for Cape Town charge

By his own admission, Timmy Hansen struggled to adapt to the ZEROID X1 when he drove it at Mettet – but since then, the Swede has been ‘working super-hard’ to ensure that the next time he climbs behind the wheel, in Cape Town next weekend, he will hit the ground running.

By his own admission, Timmy Hansen struggled to adapt to the ZEROID X1 when he drove it at Mettet back in the summer – but since then, the Swede has been ‘working super-hard’ to ensure that the next time he climbs behind the wheel, in Cape Town next weekend (7-8 October), he will hit the ground running.


Hansen was unable to match the pace of Hansen World RX Team stablemate Kevin Hansen or multiple FIA World Rallycross Champion Johan Kristoffersson in the FIA RX2e Championship in Belgium, and he retired from the final with suspension damage after striking a kerb.


With all drivers now set to compete in ZEROID X1 machinery for the remainder of the 2023 FIA World Rallycross Championship campaign, the Swede knows he will need to raise his game as he seeks to turn the tables on Kristoffersson in his pursuit of a second career crown.

“I had a hard time adapting to the car in Belgium,” Hansen acknowledged. “My driving style is far away from how you need to drive these cars, so it was a big challenge for me. Kevin was really fast – he knows that kind of car well from his success in RX Lites – and it seemed to come pretty naturally to Johan too, but I struggled.


“Since then, I’ve been working super-hard trying to get my head around how I need to drive the car differently and figure out exactly how to get the most out of it. I’m a big believer in practice making perfect, and I will be much better-prepared for Cape Town and Hong Kong. I’m confident it will be a completely different story there. Everyone will have the same material for the first time, which is exciting, and I’m looking forward to getting back out there and fighting for the win.”

In contrast to his team-mate, Kevin Hansen felt at home in the ZEROID X1 from the outset in Belgium, dominating both free practice and qualifying practice and topping the timesheets again in heat one. Indeed, the 25-year-old – who won the RX Lites title in a similar car back in 2015 – looked to be the hot favourite for victory until Kristoffersson settled into his stride, and he is ready to renew battle with his countryman in South Africa.


“It was nice to set the pace for the first time this year at Mettet, and hopefully we can continue that form in Cape Town,” he remarked. “The ZEROID X1 really seems to suit my driving style, and I enjoy driving it a lot.


“With the cars all being the same, the focus will be a lot more on the driver, as well as getting right down into the details from an engineering point-of-view. It will certainly be a big challenge, but I think we’re in a good place.”

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