Wed 15 Nov 2023

Hansen: Hong Kong ‘probably the best rallycross event ever’

Kevin Hansen has described last weekend’s World RX of Hong Kong, China as ‘probably the best rallycross event we’ve ever had’.

Kevin Hansen has described last weekend’s inaugural World RX of Hong Kong, China (11-12 November) as ‘probably the best rallycross event we’ve ever had’, after sewing up the runner-up spot in the standings courtesy of his third career victory.

The younger Hansen brother was the driver to beat throughout the opening day of competition on the Central Harbourfront circuit – the first city-centre track ever visited by World RX – and he duly carved out his own little piece of history by leading the all-important final from lights-to-flag. While Johan Kristoffersson’s dogged pursuit was cut short by a technical issue on the last lap, the Hansen World RX Team ace always appeared to have proceedings under control.

The result secured the Swede a maximum score, and he looked to be on-course to repeat the feat 24 hours later, setting the pace in both the single-lap SuperPole shootout and heat one to seize the early initiative, but in heat two, he found himself ‘bulldozed’ by Kristoffersson into the first corner. Thereafter, his efforts were consistently hampered by traffic, with the upshot that Saturday’s winner narrowly missed out on reaching Sunday’s final.

Nonetheless, Hansen had already done enough to cement a career-high second in the championship classification – an achievement he was delighted to accomplish in front of a huge and enthusiastic trackside crowd.

“What a great weekend in Hong Kong – probably the best rallycross event we’ve ever had,” enthused the 2016 FIA European Rallycross Champion. “It’s been a very tough season for World RX, as everybody knows, but this whole event was unbelievable.

“I was part of the process of wanting to race in Hong Kong for a long time, and to win on Saturday in front of such an epic backdrop and so many amazing fans was incredible, absolutely mega. Celebrating up on the podium with them was simply unreal and unquestionably one of the highlights of my career so far. That was a magical feeling.

“I really enjoyed the whole weekend. The track was so much fun and generated a lot of adrenaline and entertainment, and I really look forward to coming back again. I was also very happy to finish second in the championship. That means there’s just one more step to go next year – and just one more trophy still missing from the cabinet...”

Team Principal Kenneth Hansen has seen countless rallycross circuits over the course of his long and illustrious career – both behind the wheel and at the helm of the team that proudly bears his name. He believes Hong Kong can serve as a blueprint for the sport’s future direction.

“It felt amazing to be in a new place for rallycross where everyone was crazily excited, especially when Kevin was on the top step of the podium,” he remarked. “That was fantastic. Alongside the traditional tracks we already have, we have shown how rallycross can also work in city centres now. The event was a big success.”

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