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KEVIN HANSEN STORMS FROM THE BACK TO GRAB PODIUM FINISH IN HELL

Hell, 16 June 2019 – Kevin Hansen went from the back row of the World RX of Norway Final to score a thrilling podium finish in Hell, going toe-to-toe with his championship rivals.

Team HANSEN MJP leaves Hell still leading both championships, with Timmy Hansen a single point ahead of Kevin in the drivers’ championship, while both drivers contribute to an 18 point advantage in the teams’ championship.

A tricky start on Saturday, where both Timmy and Kevin were repeatedly stuck in traffic, was turned around on Sunday morning with a 1-2 finish in Qualifying 3. Another strong run from both in Qualifying 4 put them on the first and second row of the grid respectively for Semi Final 2.

But there was a plot twist: a sudden downpour turned what had been a dry and sunny weekend into a wet weather Semi Final. With low grip on the front row, Timmy bogged down and dropped to last, mounting a heroic comeback and almost grabbing third place.

Timmy was beaten to that position by Kevin, whose late joker lap paid off and put him just in front of his older brother. A brilliant start from the back row in the Final put Kevin up to second place at the start, which briefly became first by passing Kevin Abbring for the lead.

Kevin dropped only one place when taking his joker lap and secured a very hard-fought second place, after a defensive masterclass over eventual winner Niclas Grönholm. He fell behind only due to a one second penalty for Kevin’s pass on Grönholm during the first lap in an otherwise faultless performance.

WORLD RX OF NORWAY RESULTS 

 

6th – Timmy Hansen

Qualifying 1   –  4th
Qualifying 2   –  6th
Qualifying 3   –  1st
Qualifying 4   –  2nd
Semi-Final –  4th
Final  

7th – Kevin Hansen

Qualifying 1   –10th
Qualifying 2   –  7th
Qualifying 3   –  2nd
Qualifying 4   –  4th
Semi-Final   –  3rd
Final – 2nd

TALKING POINTS

Both drivers’ pace was great in the dry after an improvement in set-up late on Saturday. But that effort went out the window in the Semi Finals when it started raining heavily!

Hell lived up to its reputation. After the rain came down, the middle and back rows of the grid provided the best launch, while the front row was almost the worst place to start.

After picking up a position in Abu Dhabi due to another driver’s penalty, Kevin would be demoted a place in a similar manner. It’s all square now!

The big number

3

The number of qualifying sessions this weekend where Timmy Hansen set the fastest lap, including the outright fastest lap of the weekend.

TIMMY HANSEN

“Though the Semi Final didn’t go our way, we scored some good points this weekend. We had a strong qualifying and that built a good foundation in terms of points. We kept ourselves in a good position before the rain came.

“The rain before the Finals was a big shock and turned everything upside down. We went through the entire season without wet conditions and suddenly it was fully wet. That meant we had to guess a few things and so we didn’t choose the right settings for the launch. I had a poor start and tried everything I could to get past, but couldn’t find a gap.

“Having Niclas back for this weekend was good to see, even if he beat us this time! It was nice to have a really good challenge through the weekend. If it had stayed dry we could have had a real battle on our hands. It was just not my turn today. I did my best, but today was not my day.”

KEVIN HANSEN

“The first day was tricky. The speed was there but we had to start from the outside, which is really tricky in Hell. For the second day we adopted some of Timmy’s set-up, made some changes, and that seemed to make a difference.

“Looking at what happened when the rain came, starting from the second row for the Semi Final was a lot better than the first, so I was very happy to start there! We pulled off some amazing launches in the wet.

“I had to drive carefully in the Final as there was wiper fluid spraying everywhere inside the car! That also meant I couldn’t clear mud from the windscreen too. But we managed to cope with that well. Gronholm behind me pushed so hard but we kept our cool, did our thing and kept the grip all the way. With a good joker lap we managed to finish P2 but then got a penalty and were P3 instead. It’s not nice when you get a penalty but in the end I think it was a fair decision.”

THE BOSS – KENNETH HANSEN

“It was a bit of a mixed weekend for us. Saturday wasn’t ideal with a few mistakes from us as a team and some problems for the drivers out on the track. Sunday went much better but in the end, it wasn’t the result we wanted.

“Looking at the positives, we did learn a lot. We expected to have a little more speed here but we’ve learned a lot and there are some things we’ll do differently for the future, especially the next round at Höljes, our home event.”

NEXT ROUND: 
WORLD RX OF NORWAY

It’s an exciting time of year for Team HANSEN MJP, as the team heads to its home round of the championship at Höljes. Team principal Kenneth Hansen is the most successful driver of all time here, taking five Division 1 European RX wins behind the wheel. Kevin also scored a Euro RX win here in 2016, but the team is still seeking an elusive first win in World RX after the nearest of misses in 2015. Hopefully 2019 will be our year!

TIMMY HANSEN SCORES WORLD RX OF GREAT BRITAIN WIN IN THRILLING FASHION

Silverstone, 26 May 2019 – Timmy Hansen took a thrilling World RX of Great Britain victory at Silverstone, defeating Andreas Bakkerud thanks to a great strategy with a perfectly timed joker lap. Team HANSEN MJP team-mate and younger brother Kevin showed great speed all weekend but a small mistake cost him a chance to make the Final.
Saturday began in the best possible way, with Timmy and Kevin going fastest and second fastest respectively in Qualifying 1. It was a close fight, with Kevin sticking a stunning move around the outside to take the lead, only for Timmy to claw back time and resume the lead after joker laps had been taken. There was another formation finish in Qualifying 2, where both Timmy and Kevin were in the same heat once again, the former scoring Q2 victory and the latter going third fastest in the aggregate Q2 times.
Rain had fallen on Silverstone overnight, which meant both drivers being in the first heat would be a disadvantage. Timmy and Kevin were still 1-2 in their heat for a third consecutive time but ultimately would only place second and fourth in the session. Their positions then switched in Q4, which put both on the front row for Semi Final 1.
All appeared well in the Semi Final, with both Hansens running 1-2 yet again. Timmy and Kevin pulled away out front and both took their jokers on the last lap but a small mistake from Kevin when entering the hairpin, turning in slightly too early, put him nose-first into the tyre barrier and cost him 10 seconds. A second place had become sixth at the penultimate corner of the race.
Despite the setback, Team HANSEN MJP turned its focus straight to the final, in which Timmy was starting on the front row. His race was nearly over at the first turn when Timmy’s Peugeot 208 WRX was squeezed into the inside tyre barrier by Andreas Bakkerud, which inflicted minor damage to his car and dropped him to second place.
But a focused, determined Timmy regrouped and, with the help of a clever strategy from the team, jokered early and set the fastest lap of the weekend, taking the lead with one lap to go and delivering a stunning comeback victory.
A great weekend for Timmy put him straight into the lead of the World RX drivers’ championship, with Team HANSEN MJP still first and second, Kevin only four points behind Timmy in the standings. It was also a strong weekend in the teams’ championship, extending the lead to 25 points over GRX Taneco. After the disappointment of Sweden losing to Finland on Thursday in the IIHF World Championship ice hockey tournament, it was a nice bonus for the Swedish World RX team to beat the Finns three days later!

WORLD RX OF GREAT BRITAIN RESULTS 

 

1th – Timmy Hansen

Qualifying 1   –  1st
Qualifying 2   –  1st
Qualifying 3   –  2nd
Qualifying 4   –  4th
Semi-Final –  1st
Final  –  1st

7th – Kevin Hansen

Qualifying 1   –2nd
Qualifying 2   –  3rd
Qualifying 3   –  4th
Qualifying 4   –  2nd
Semi-Final   –  6th
Final 

TALKING POINTS

Timmy Hansen becomes the first driver in 2019 to take two World RX Final victories, following on from Team HANSEN MJP’s 1-2 finish at Barcelona.

Despite winning several World RX events during his career, this is the first time that Timmy has led the world championship.

Team HANSEN MJP has been on tour so far this year but the next two rounds are much closer to home: Hell awaits the Hansens in Norway, followed by Höljes in the team’s native Sweden.

The big number

0.472

The crucial time in milliseconds Timmy gained on Andreas Bakkerud between their respective joker laps in the Final, which put Timmy into first place to start the final lap.

TIMMY HANSEN

“It was definitely hard today; Bakkerud found some good pace and won Q3 and Q4, as well as his Semi Final, so for sure it was tough to line up next to him. He squeezed me into the tyres at the first corner, so I was happy to be able to continue. I came out second and when I took my joker I did a great lap, so once he took his I emerged in the lead. I definitely had to work hard to get it, but it tastes even sweeter when that happens. Of course there were mixed emotions, especially after the Semi Final. We’re in this together. Kevin’s going to come back stronger, mistakes happen sometimes and I would have enjoyed to be up on the podium with Kevin this weekend but I hope we get to do that in Norway.”

KEVIN HANSEN

“Saturday was really good, I think I had really good pace. The starts were amazing, I really felt at home and that I have upped my level quite a lot on Saturdays. Then on Sunday I was having good pace in qualifying but was struggling a bit with the reverse grid, it didn’t feel in our favour as in the end I was P3. The Semi Final was going really well and I had good speed behind Timmy, he was on fresh rubber and I wasn’t. I think it was a good Semi but just a small mistake in the end cost me a lot. It’s been a long time since I led a championship so it was nice to have it for four races, but now I want to take it back! Now I have led once, I know how it works so let’s take that lead back and keep it.”

THE BOSS – KENNETH HANSEN

“Saturday was really good, we had a strong performance, were 1-2 in Q1 and finished the day 1-2 which was perfect. Bakkerud came back quite strongly today and won Q3 and Q4 but we also had a very good day. The only bad thing was the small mistake from Kevin in the Semi-Final that cost him second place and he finished sixth.

“We had a big fight in the Final with a big push to try to overtake Bakkerud with a joker gamble, which we managed to do. This time the joker decision was very late. Timmy normally can feel when he wants to take the joker but won’t know what it looks like behind him. It’s my decision as I am the spotter for Timmy and I didn’t have time to see the time gap, but suddenly there was a big gap. In turn seven, before the split with the joker, I just had a feeling that we needed to call it and Timmy took the joker. We knew that Bakkerud had some hot tyres and was losing performance and it went very well for us.”

NEXT ROUND: 
WORLD RX OF NORWAY

Team HANSEN MJP’s next stop on the World RX tour is closer to home in Hell, Norway. Unlike the first four rounds of the championship, it’s more of a traditional rallycross circuit, with plenty of history behind it. Those years were spent developing the circuit with good kerbs and no tyre stacks. In the words of Kenneth Hansen, it’s “proper racing” there and there’s a little evolution in the circuit. More than anything, though, it’s a track that drivers almost universally love, with plenty of undulation. We’ll see you in Hell on June 15-16.

SOLID POINTS HAUL PUTS HANSEN 1-2 IN WORLD RX DRIVERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP

Spa-Francorchamps, 12 May 2019 – A challenging first visit to Spa-Francorchamps for the World RX of Belgium gave mixed emotions for Team Hansen MJP. While Kevin Hansen missed out on a berth in the Final by less than a tenth of a second – colliding with Liam Doran mid-air while crossing the finish line – Timmy turned in a brillaint recovery drive in his Semi Final to make the Final and finish fourth overall.

A repeat of Barcelona, where a Hansen car topped every session on the way to a one-two finish in the Final, was always unlikely to be reproduced, though Timmy and Kevin’s pace was still very much on show. Timmy won his heat in Q1 but ultimately was only sixth quickest, while Kevin bogged down off the line and finished 10th. It was then 8th and 10th for Kevin and Timmy respectively in Q2, as trademark Ardennes rainfall made conditions very tricky.

Both Kevin and Timmy ended up in the same heat for Q3, with Kevin showing some great speed after a slow launch to go second fastest, even passing Timmy at the end of the second lap. Meanwhile, Timmy had spent the early part of Q3 in an intense battle with eventual Final winner Timur Timerzyanov, falling to fifth place after taking his Joker and going 10th fastest.

A brillaint Q4 performance from Timmy helped him rebound, going fastest to jump to fourth in the combined qualifying standings, while Kevin earned a second row slot for the first Semi Final by placing seventh in the aggregate qualifying standings.

Kevin started fourth in his Semi Final and was immediately battling Liam Doran, who took an early joker lap. Kevin’s strategy was the opposite, pulling off on the very last lap and coming out of the joker side-by-side with the Audi. With the two on different lines they collided in mid-air, Doran beating Kevin to third place by the narrowest of margins and pitching Kevin into the wall.

Timmy had started his Semi Final from second but was pushed wide into the wall at turn one by Janis Baumanis, dropping to fifth and forcing Timmy to do what he does best: mount an epic comeback. He passed Anton Marklund and Cyril Raymond when they took their jokers on consecutive laps, followed later by Baumanis, then turned in the fastest lap of the race to ensure he came out ahead of the Renaults and book a place in the Final.

Fourth place was Timmy’s reward in the Final, passing Doran after he crashed at the Raidillon hairpin and then taking Baumanis for fourth down the inside of the long final left hander on the penultimate lap. Though not able to finish on the podium, Timmy jumped from third to second in the World RX drivers’ championship, nine points behind Kevin who still leads. And while Team Hansen MJP was outscored by its main rival, it still leads the teams’ championship by one point, keeping them atop both championships after three rounds.

SPA WORLD RX OF BELGIUM RESULTS

4th – Timmy Hansen

Qualifying 1   –  6st
Qualifying 2   –  10st
Qualifying 3   –  10th
Qualifying 4   –  1st
Semi-Final –  3rd
Final  –  4th

7th – Kevin Hansen

Qualifying 1   – 10th
Qualifying 2   –  8th
Qualifying 3   –  2nd
Qualifying 4   –  8th
Semi-Final   –  4th
Final 

TALKING POINTS

Team Hansen MJP might not have got the result it wanted at Spa-Francorchamps but the brand new RX track has become an instant favourite for drivers and fans alike.

Though a podium in the Final eluded both Kevin and Timmy, they’re now one-two in the drivers’ championship after Spa-Francorchamps!

While the team’s closest rival scored a 1-3 finish in Belgium, thanks to strong performances in Abu Dhabi and Barcelona Team Hansen MJP is still atop the teams’ standings.

The big number

2.039

The margin of victory for Timmy Hansen in his dominant Qualifying 4 performance, with his 2m14.772s also the fastest qualifying time of the entire weekend.

TIMMY HANSEN

“It was a tough race in Belgium, but I think we’ve caught up now after my accident on the first round of the season, as we’re up to second in the drivers’ championship. Our potential was really good all weekend – as we saw in Q4, which was the only opportunity I had to drive in clear air – but we didn’t completely maximise on it. But that can happen in rallycross sometimes; after the high of Spain, where we had a perfect weekend, it’s back to the real world now! The overall feeling is still great: we know that we’ve got the pace and a really quick car so we just need to make sure we take every opportunity. Finally, I’d like to congratulate Timur for his first win: it’s really deserved and I’m very happy for him.”

KEVIN HANSEN

“The highlight of my weekend was definitely Q3, which was our strongest session. We had two really fast laps at the end, which I’m going to take away as a fantastic experience. Apart from that it wasn’t an especially good round for us: we didn’t quite have the performance and we made some small mistakes as well, especially with the tyre choice on Saturday. There were times perhaps where we should have been a bit braver, but it’s very easy to be wise after the event. In the end, I’ve kept the lead of the drivers’ championship so it was a good damage limitation exercise. We just need to learn from this now and try to make sure that we don’t create more situations where we are running in the pack and a bit vulnerable. Like they say, you make your own luck!”

THE BOSS – KENNETH HANSEN

“On a weekend that wasn’t especially strong for us, we still took away some good points and that’s the most positive thing about this weekend. We made some wrong decisions with tyre choice on Saturday, which meant that we had a lot of catching up to do on Sunday, and we also had a couple of bits of bad luck. But if you think that we were 10th and 11th on Saturday night, to end up where we did is quite good. And of course Kevin and Timmy are first and second in the drivers’ championship now, which is great. The track was a proper rallycross course: very challenging, and the organisers have a really positive attitude; there are already some things that they are learning for next year. I think that Spa is here to stay!”

NEXT ROUND: 
WORLD RX OF GREAT BRITAIN

The fourth stop on the FIA World Rallycross Championship tour is Great Britain, which takes centre stage at Silverstone’s SpeedMachine festival on May 25-26.

Making its debut on the calendar last year as a replacement for Lydden Hill, it’s an almost entirely flat circuit, bar a large jump early in the lap acting as the track’s centrepiece. That’s no surprise when you consider Silverstone was an airfield before being repurposed as a race track!

But it’s a good track for Team Hansen MJP, as Timmy holds the lap record and Sébastien Loeb scored a podium here last year.

HISTORIC ONE-TWO FOR HANSEN BROTHERS IN BARCELONA

Barcelona, 28 April 2019 – Team Hansen MJP recorded a sensational FIA World Rallycross Championship result, with Timmy Hansen winning every single qualifying session, his semi-final and the final, while championship leader Kevin Hansen made it a Hansen family 1-2 in the final for a unprecedented result in FIA World Rallycross history.

Timmy Hansen claimed his first 2019 WRX victory – the sixth of his career – with younger brother and Abu Dhabi winner Kevin Hansen finishing second. The Hansen name topped every session from the start of qualifying as they dominated in Barcelona. The incredible performances from Timmy and Kevin are reflected in the championship standings, with Team Hansen MJP leading the 2019 WRX Team Standings by 18 points, while Kevin remains on top of the 2019 WRX Driver Standings and Timmy climbs to third with his victory.

After a devastating first round in Abu Dhabi for Timmy, which required a complete rebuild of his Peugeot 208 WRX after a collision with Andreas Bakkerud, he proved himself as the driver to beat from the start of Q1 in Barcelona. Timmy won the opening qualifying session and every one after that, seizing a maximum allocation of qualifying points, while Kevin emerged second after the qualifying heats with impressive and consistent speed.

Their qualifying performances meant that the brothers were seeded separately for the semi-finals, as Timmy and Kevin lined up for semi-final 1 and semi-final 2 respectively. Both drivers took dominant victories in their semi-finals, with healthy leads of 2.148s and 2.525s for Timmy and Kevin respectively.

Timmy produced a faultless performance in the final to claim an untroubled victory, taking his mandatory joker visit on the last lap. Rounding off the Hansen one-two finish, Kevin put on a brilliant display of driving while employing some fine race craft to hold off his rivals. Kevin took his joker while running second on the fifth lap, passing Niclas Gronholm afterwards to take third with one lap remaining. On the final lap, Andreas Bakkerud took his joker, handing Kevin the opportunity to close in and pounce, claiming second in the closing stages of a nail-biting final.

WORLD RX OF CATALUNYA-BARCELONA RESULTS

1st -Timmy Hansen

Qualifying 1   –  1nd
Qualifying 2   –  1th
Qualifying 3   –  1st
Qualifying 4   –  1st
Semi-Final   –  1st
Final   –  1st

2st – Kevin Hansen

Qualifying 1   –  2nd
Qualifying 2   –  2th
Qualifying 3   –  5st
Qualifying 4   –  4st
Semi-Final   –  1st
Final   –  2st

TALKING POINTS

Timmy bounced back from a disappointing Abu Dhabi to deliver a dominant and unbeatable weekend in Barcelona, becoming the third driver in WRX history to deliver a clean sweep.

The Hansen name will go down in history as the first siblings to claim a one-two finish on an FIA World Rallycross Championship event.

Timmy and Kevin also ensured that the Hansen name joins an elite club of families to have scored a sibling one-two in an FIA World Championship event: the other two are Michael and Ralf Schumacher in Formula 1, as well as Colin and Alister McRae in the European Rally Championship.

An enormous effort to simply be on the WRX grid at all this year has blossomed into incredible success, with Hansen leading both the drivers’ and teams’ championships after Barcelona.

The big number

100

The percentage of points available from a single FIA World Rallycross Championship event that Team Hansen MJP scored at Barcelona this weekend.

TIMMY HANSEN

“I think this has been the best weekend of my career so far. We got off to the best possible start on Saturday, winning the qualifying heats, and then we won the semi-final too. For the final I lined up against Kevin, and we played a good team game as we agreed that we would give each other plenty of room. The final was perfect as well, and when I saw in my mirror that Kevin was behind me to finish second, that was a really special moment as well. I was actually feeling very emotional: this was the perfect revenge after everything that happened in Abu Dhabi. Now I’m just going to enjoy the moment and head to Spa with even more confidence.”

KEVIN HANSEN

“We had a really good Q1 and Q2; then I had to get my elbows out a bit more in Q3 and Q4, but I really enjoyed it. I got the fastest lap of the weekend too, which made me really happy, as the ultimate pace compared to Timmy is perhaps the area where I’ve been lacking before, but now we’re getting there. Timmy did an amazing job this weekend; he really deserved to win. I wouldn’t say that he was completely uncatchable as there were times that I was close to him, but we drive each other on, which is perfect as it’s all about the team. Now I’ve extended my championship lead but this is not something that I’ve been thinking about much: we’re only on round two out of 10 so there’s a really long way to go.”

KENNETH HANSEN

« I’ve been fortunate enough to have a lot of success in my career as a driver, winning many races and championships, but actually I think this feeling right now is even better. I can’t actually believe that it’s happened, so it’s going to take a while to sink in. There’s no way that we could have done better – so the expectation is even higher now, as the very best we could do from now on is equal what we have achieved now. And I think that will be very difficult to do, but of course we will try.

« I feel so happy and most of all so proud, both of what we have created with the Hansen MJP team but also as a dad. It’s hard to describe what it’s like seeing your boys finishing first and second, fighting so hard but so fairly. They think of the team first and they’re great friends. I think Timmy had something extra this weekend, while Kevin had to fight a bit harder, but they learn from each other all the time and that’s the biggest strength of our family team. »

NEXT ROUND: WORLD RX OF BELGIUM

Round three of the FIA World Rallycross Championship will be held at the iconic Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, which makes its WRX debut in 2019. Belgium has a long history in rallycross, with Spa replacing the Mettet round. Already a host to some of the greatest races in the world, Spa will be a new experience for all teams and drivers arriving at the atmospheric Belgian venue. Eau Rouge, perhaps the most famous corner in the world, is set to have a starring role in the Spa World RX of Benelux: will anybody dare to take it flat?

KEVIN HANSEN TAKES UNFORGETTABLE MAIDEN WORLD RX WIN IN ABU DHABI

Abu Dhabi, 06 April 2019 – Team Hansen MJP experienced the highest of highs and the lowest of lows in Abu Dhabi during an emotional opening round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship. Kevin Hansen scored his first ever WRX victory in spectacular style, with victory in qualifying and his semi-final in addition to his final win, while Timmy Hansen’s weekend was cruelly curtailed early on by an enormous shunt which destroyed his car’s rollcage.

Both Timmy and Kevin had started the World RX of Abu Dhabi in brilliant fashion, finishing 1-2 in Q1. Timmy took the top spot once again in Q2 but his weekend ended shortly afterwards, being on the receiving end of a heavy shunt with Andreas Bakkerud. Crossing the start/finish line to begin the final lap, Timmy had just rejoined the track from taking his joker lap and was hit side-on by Bakkerud, who was disqualified for his part in the collision. A heroic effort from Timmy meant he nursed the car to seventh place in Q3 but rollcage damage to his Peugeot 208 WRX was too extensive to compete in Q4 or the semi-finals.

The whole team was understandably shaken by Timmy’s huge accident but regrouped around Kevin, who showed incredible resilience to press on and win both Q3 and Q4. With Timmy looking on from the spotters’ position in the Abu Dhabi grandstands, Kevin then scored a semi-final victory put him on pole for the final.

Kevin led most of the final, until being spun out at the hairpin by Niclas Grönholm in the latter half of the fourth lap. Grönholm was then given a three second penalty post-race for pushing and overtaking, restoring the lead which Kevin had held for much of the final to seal his first ever WRX win, and provide Team Hansen MJP a happy ending for a rollercoaster first weekend as a privateer team.

WORLD RX OF ABU DHABI RESULTS

DNF – Timmy Hansen

Qualifying 1   –  1st
Qualifying 2   –  1st
Qualifying 3   –  7th
Qualifying 4
Semi-Final
Final

1st – Kevin Hansen

Qualifying 1   –  2nd
Qualifying 2   –  6th
Qualifying 3   –  1st
Qualifying 4   –  1st
Semi-Final   –  1st
Final   –  1st

TALKING POINTS

Having come into the opening round with so many question marks as to the relative pace, Team Hansen now knows that it can run in the front, having won all the sessions it participated in: a promising start to the season!

The brand-new Abu Dhabi track proved to be an excellent rallycross venue, with plenty of exhilarating drama captivating the fans.

The competitive order around Team Hansen has shifted somewhat: GRX Taneco was Hansen’s closest rival in Abu Dhabi, scoring one point more for the teams’ championship in part due to Timmy’s absence from Q4 and the subsequent finals.

The big number

30

The number of points Kevin Hansen scored at Abu Dhabi by winning the Final, his Semi Final and also being Top Qualifier, the maximum possible from a single FIA World RX round.

TIMMY HANSEN

“I’d describe today as an extremely abrupt end to what had been a perfect weekend. I was fastest in Q1, fastest in Q2 and for what it’s worth I think I would have been fastest in Q3. But then everyone saw what happened: Bakkerud thought it was the last lap, so he went flat out after the joker and basically drove into my driver’s door. It was a massive impact and the roll cage was pushed in towards my left leg, but I am OK, just a bit of bruising. It makes you realise how tough these cars are. Then, once I was out, Kevin saved my day. I was supporting him from the spotters’ tower: cheering him on and helping as much as I could. I’m incredibly proud of him, so a day of very mixed emotions. Mostly, I’m just really happy for him.”

KEVIN HANSEN

“I think this was the craziest weekend of my career…so many emotions! Straight away we could see that we had good pace and that we were in the fight; then we had Timmy’s crash, which was a big low, then I had to focus on the semi-final and final, where we finished second. I was leading with a good margin over Niclas until the corner where he passed me: I felt a hit at the rear and I nearly spun. Straight away I thought it should be a penalty, but when it is with the stewards you never know how it will work out…and then after about an hour, I found out I had won; my first win! Of course you never want to win in the stewards’ room but in the end it wasn’t about that: it was all about the pace that we had right from the start of the weekend, which is a great sign for the future. Now we come away with 30 points, which is the best way to start the season.”

THE BOSS – KENNETH HANSEN

To come here and achieve what we did, as a private team again with so many question marks before the start of the season, is an amazing achievement and I’m so proud of everyone in the team. Now we know that we’re on the pace, which we could see from the very first session. But then I think nobody could have predicted what happened next, with the big crash for Timmy and then such a dramatic final for Kevin. In the end, he completely deserves this victory and I’m so happy for him. The damage to Timmy’s car was very bad, but now that we’ve had a chance to look at it, it’s definitely fixable, so we should see him out in the same car for Barcelona. Abu Dhabi certainly provided us with a start to the season that we’ll always remember!

NEXT ROUND: 
WORLD RX OF CATALUNYA

Round Two of the FIA World Rallycross Championship will be held at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, which had previously been the season opener for the past two years. It’s a circuit that Kevin Hansen knows particularly well, securing the FIA European Rallycross Championship title here in 2016 with a round victory. Elder brother Timmy is definitely no slouch around here either, with two podium finishes in WRX to his name. Can he make it three this year? We’ll find out in three weeks time, as the WRX world tour rolls on to Barcelona in just three weeks time, kicking off on April 27.

Team Peugeot Total rides a wild rodeo in Texas!

The FIA World Rallycross Championship came to Texas for the very 1st time in its young history, with the brand-new event at the Circuit of the Americas offering a wild rodeo ride for Team PEUGEOT Total! Sebastien Loeb finishes 4th and his team mate Timmy Hansen is 6th (after receiving a 5-second penalty for contact with Ekström).

They were both driving the latest PEUGEOT 208 WRX EVO and both showed good progress with their starting strategy over the weekend. The team had to cope with the challenge of variable weather, and also an engine change in only an hour on the car #21 on Sunday morning (between Q3 & Q4). In addition to a 5-second penalty (Q2), Loeb was the victim of unfortunate racing incidents all throughout the weekend, that often found him caught in traffic on a narrow circuit where were no overtaking opportunities.

The team’s Junior, Kevin Hansen, showed plenty of promise in his 2018-specification PEUGEOT 208 WRX, getting as far as the rough semi-final he was involved in – he finished just 7th overall. PEUGEOT Sport engineers and mechanics will continue to push hard with the development of its cars and process over the final 2 rounds of the series.

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Bruno Famin, PEUGEOT SPORT Director

“Rallycross is one of the most exacting disciplines in all of motorsport and once again, we saw this for ourselves in Austin. On the positive side, we saw that the speed in the car is there, with two cars in the final once again and battling for the top positions throughout the weekend. On the other hand, our ambitions are not just limited to this, so it’s clear that if we want to be consistently winning, we need to keep working hard. There are many complex elements that make up a successful weekend in rallycross, and at the moment we are still missing a few of them. There’s not a big gap to make up but with the cars and drivers so closely matched, even the smallest element makes a big difference. What’s certain is that we are extracting the maximum possible learning experience out of every round in what is still only our first season as a factory team, against very experienced and talented rivals. We’re going to use this information to work even harder to achieve our goals, which we know now are attainable if we continue to work in the right way. Congratulations to Johan Kristoffersson for a well-deserved title: this year he has illustrated just how high the bar has been set in this sport.’’

Sébastien Loeb, PEUGEOT 208 WRX Evo #9 – 4th in Austin

“It was again a complicated weekend. We had a good speed but I had a penalty in Q2 & I paid quite a high price for it. In Q4, I was stuck in the traffic. The semi-final was a good heat for me but when you start from behind, it’s difficult to overtake, especially on this track. So I finished 2nd of the semi & 4th in the final… which was rough once more! I’ve been pushed in the 1st corner in the joker lap & went completely wide. All the cars that were in there at this moment took the opportunity to pass inside, in front of me. Then my joker lap strategy was already done so I had nothing to play with anymore. But OK, in the end we still scored some points & we’ll keep going.”

Timmy Hansen, PEUGEOT 208 WRX Evo #21 – 6th in Austin

“It was a difficult race weekend: we had to fight from the low & climb up step by step in the standings. I think it was already a good achievement to come to the final alongside all 6 factory cars. I’ve been fighting my best but it was quite a boring final since there were no overtaking opportunities on this track. I ended up 5th – still one place up on the grid. I think we should be happy with the weekend after all we went through – for being in the final & finishing 5th.”

Kevin Hansen, PEUGEOT 208 WRX #71 – 7th in Austin

“It did not quite go all the way this weekend. I think I had a very good speed but it was just a too tough semi-final for me in the end. I am a bit bumped that I could not use the speed I had this weekend to properly challenge for the podium. It’s a bit a shame but still I was feeling good in the car, knowing that we struggled a bit with the set-up the previous weekends, so now we are back to very good feelings. To summarise: not super happy but I would like to continue moving forward. Estering is one my favorite tracks so I can’t wait to go there. This weekend we had a good pace & I had a good feeling, so I will take this in my luggage & bring it to Germany.”

RESULTS OF FINAL RACE IN AUSTIN

1. Johan KRISTOFFERSON – 03:31.118
2. Petter SOLBERG – 03:31.718
3. Andreas BAKKERUD  – 03:32.813
4. Sébastien LOEB – 03:33.441
5. Mattias EKSTRÖM – 03:39.187
6. Timmy HANSEN – 03:35.954 + 5s penalty

DRIVERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS AFTER ROUND #10/12

1. Johan KRISTOFFERSSON / Volkswagen Polo R – 281 pts
2. Mattias EKSTRÖM / Audi S1 – 204 pts
3. Petter SOLBERG / Volkswagen Polo R – 202 pts
4. Andreas BAKKERUD / Audi S1 – 200 pts
5. Sébastien LOEB / PEUGEOT 208 WRX – 195 pts
6. Timmy HANSEN / PEUGEOT 208 WRX – 163 pts
7. Niclas GRÖNHOLM / Hyundai i20 – 124 pts
8. Kevin HANSEN / PEUGEOT 208 WRX – 113 pts
9. Janis BAUMANIS / Ford Fiesta – 79 pts
10. Timur TIMERZYANOV / Hyundai i20 – 77 pts
11. Guerlain CHICHERIT / Renault Mégane RS – 58 pts
12. Robin LARSSON / Ford Fiesta – 25 pts
14. Kevin ERIKSSON / Ford Fiesta – 25 pts
15. Anton MARKLUND / Renault Mégane RS – 13 pts
16. Grégoire DEMOUSTIER / PEUGEOT 208 WRX – 11 pts

TEAMS’ CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS AFTER ROUND #10/12

1. PSRX Volkswagen Sweden – 483 pts
2. EKS Audi Sport – 404 pts
3. Team PEUGEOT Total – 358 pts
4. GRX Taneco – 201 pts
5. GC Kompetition – 130 pts
6. Olsbergs MSE – 50 pts

NEXT ROUND (#11/12): Germany – October 13-14

The penultimate round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship presents a stark contrast to America and Austin. Estering in Germany is a very traditional rallycross circuit located in the middle of the countryside, around 35 kilometres from Hamburg. It’s less than a kilometre long but fast and flowing with a tight joker section, having formed part of the FIA World Rallycross Championship since 2014. However, rallycross has been taking place there for more than 40 years: one of the reasons why it always attracts a large and enthusiastic crowd.

Sebastien Loeb scores another podium for Peugeot at RX Latvia

The 9th round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship in Latvia was extremely closely-fought: to the extent that the winning margin in one of the Qualifying races (Q1) was just 0.009 seconds – or 23 centimetres on track! In the end, it was another podium for Team PEUGEOT Total, with Sebastien Loeb taking 3rd position, his 3rd straight podium finish in Riga and 6th of the season so far. On top of that, all 3 PEUGEOT 208 WRX lined up together in the Final: a great achievement for PEUGEOT in only its 1st year in this complex discipline. Even if the Final race didn’t entirely go to plan for Timmy Hansen and Kevin Hansen, who finished 5th and 6th respectively, it was still a strong team showing, with a useful points haul. Loeb was the second-best points-scorer of the weekend, while Team PEUGEOT Total scored more points (45) than any other team in Riga. PEUGEOT Sport remains in line with its target of challenging for wins, and there is still plenty to hope for from the next adventure in the USA, in just 10 days.

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Bruno Famin, PEUGEOT SPORT Director
“Despite a Saturday that was quite tricky for us, with a few incidents in the Quali 2 session, we were able to fight back on Sunday, with 2 strong performances in Quali 3 and Quali 4 this morning, which led to an extremely strong Semi-final: I will admit that we were quite proud of this achievement. The Final was less good, which characterises what was quite a mixed weekend for us in the end, with some positives and some negatives. On the positive side, we have seen once again that the speed of the car is very good, allowing Sebastien to claim his 6th podium from 9 events. On the other hand, it’s clear that we still have some work to do, as we expected in our very 1st year with a full factory programme on the FIA World Rallycross Championship. The launch off the line is still one of our weakest points. We will be applying ourselves to that task, diligently and humbly, over the coming weeks and months. Again, I send all my thanks to all the people involved in this project, who are working relentlessly behind the scenes.”

Sebastien Loeb, PEUGEOT 208 WRX Evo #9 – 2nd in Riga
“The weekend went quite well: we made a good start right from Q1, then we struggled a bit more in Q2, hitting a barrier, which cost us some time. Q3 and Q4 today were especially good: I think we have a solid pace but the problem we have is that the 3 manufacturers here have nearly the same speed, so it’s very hard to make a difference on the track, and at the moment we’re not consistent enough at the race starts. Quite often I lose a place by the 1st corner, and that’s actually what happened in the Final today. But I’m happy to be back on the podium, of course! We just need to find a little bit more to be challenging for the victory and that’s going to be our objective between now and the end of the season. There aren’t any miracles in this sport, but you just have to work hard to understand how to improve. It’s definitely only a question of time, for the whole team.”

Timmy Hansen, PEUGEOT 208 WRX Evo #21 – 5th in Riga
“I’m happy with the result of this weekend overall and I think 5th is a fair reflection of what I deserved. My start wasn’t perfect in the Final and I was probably missing a bit to be challenging at the very top, but overall the speed was very, very good and we’ve seen some good progress; especially when we ended up with 3 PEUGEOTs in the Final. If we carry on working in this way, I think we can definitely achieve our goals. My highlight of the weekend was Qualifying 3: it’s a race that we won, where we were able to run in clean air and maximise all our opportunities away from traffic. I really enjoyed myself driving the PEUGEOT 208 WRX Evo. Now I will fly to the USA, where I will participate in the Nitro Games organised by Travis Pastrana prior to the next WRX race. So it’s only fun ahead!”

Kevin Hansen, PEUGEOT 208 WRX #71 – 6th in Riga
“I’m actually more than happy: I’m really delighted. I got through to the Final, for the 4th time this year, and I raced well all weekend. What makes me particularly pleased was the way that we reacted to the setbacks we experienced on Saturday. It was looking really tough but with the help of the team, we dug deep and were able to fight back: it’s really an extraordinary group of people here who never give up. From my perspective, I feel that I’m learning more all the time with this car and that we’re continuing the learning curve that we embarked on. I’m eager to make more progress now!”

NEXT ROUND (#10/12): USA – September 29th & 30th
​The FIA World Rallycross Championship resumes in a fortnight, from 29-30 September, at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. This venue is also home to the United States Grand Prix, but the rallycross track is a brand new purpose-built facility in the stadium area between turns 12 and 15, located in a natural amphitheatre so that fans can see the entire layout from any seat. The event also promises a festival-type atmosphere, with music and other entertainments scheduled as well as all the WRX action on track.

An exciting and challenging home outing for team Peugeot Total in France

World RX #8/12 – Lohéac, 1/2.09.2018

5th and 6th places for Timmy Hansen and Sébastien Loeb respectively in the final at Loheac wasn’t the result that Team PEUGEOT Total wanted on home territory in front of 80,000 enthusiastic fans, but nonetheless all 3 drivers showed considerable fighting spirit and pace through the weekend. Only a series of circumstances and racing incidents compromised their chance to do better – but this is all part of the frenetic and closely-matched sport of rallycross, where just the smallest misadventure can have big consequences. The team’s Junior, Kevin Hansen, also showed plenty of speed, going as far as the semi-final. Next up is Latvia in 2 weeks, where the whole team will be concentrated on ensuring a better result.

ILS ONT DIT…

Bruno Famin, Peugeot Sport Director:“This round showed us all the joy and frustration of motorsport in general and rallycross in particular. It’s clear that the net result is below our expectations, but we also witnessed some very good things too. We saw the potential of the 208 WRX, with some great lap times, and Sébastien’s semi-final race was also exemplary, as he went from 6th to 2nd entirely on his own merits, without anything unusual happening. But it was clear that the stars weren’t quite aligned for us to do well: we started the weekend off with a draw that didn’t really work in our favour and then there were some racing incidents that didn’t help us either, such as the contact between Loeb and Chicherit that broke the power steering and resulted in Seb setting just the 18th time, which dropped him down to 12th in the overall classification. In rallycross, everything has to work well from start to the finish of the weekend. And while the reliability and performance of our car can’t be questioned here, we need to keep working hard to make it less susceptible to these things that can always happen during a race weekend, and so get closer to victory.”

Timmy Hansen, Peugeot 208 WRX Evo #21 – 5th in Lohéac:“It’s been amazing to race in France, in this incredible atmosphere in front of everyone who is supporting us at PEUGEOT, with full grandstands wherever you look! So I hoped to get a better result for everyone than 5th: it’s not bad but we were definitely aiming higher. I think we did everything we could in the final, but 5th was the most we could achieve. We have to be happy because we did our job the best we could under the circumstances, but we also have to go back and do our homework to improve for the future. We have all the pieces: it just needs to come together. The start procedure, chassis and engine of the PEUGEOT 208 WRX are already great.” 

Sébastien Loeb, Peugeot 208 WRX Evo #9 – 6th in Lohéac“In the end it was a nice final, very intense. I did a good semi-final too and enjoyed racing the 208 WRX throughout the weekend. With the position that I had on the start line in each race this weekend, it was always going to be difficult and that proved to be the case. We ended up with 6th in the end, which is actually not too bad all things considered because at one point we were 12th after qualifying. It’s not the result we wanted but we have to accept it for what it is and move on. The thing that I am convinced about is that we have a good package. We just need to put everything together. I’m looking forward to a brighter weekend for the whole team in Latvia.”

Kevin Hansen, Peugeot 208 WRX Evo #71 “It was a strong weekend: we struggled a little bit during practice, but we came back really well. We had some great races and showed really good pace, but I couldn’t quite keep it all the way to the end. I think to be just outside the final though, with all the factory cars there, was the maximum we could do. So I was happy with my performance for that reason but of course we still wanted to be in the final! I know I’m still young and we still have plenty to learn. Loheac is always special and it was very cool to see the fans supporting me. It’s definitely been a memorable and educational few days in France.”

Results of final race in Lohéac

1. Johan KRISTOFFERSON – 03:44.787
2. Andreas BAKKERUD – 03:45.127
3. Petter SOLBERG – 03:45.571
4. Mattias EKSTRÖM – 03:45.945
5. Timmy HANSEN – 03:46.210
6. Sébastien LOEB – 03:46.362

Drivers’ championship standings after round #8/12 

1. Johan KRISTOFFERSSON / Volkswagen Polo R – 224 pts
2. Andreas BAKKERUD / Audi S1 – 165 pts
3. Petter SOLBERG / Volkswagen Polo R – 160 pts
4. Timmy HANSEN / PEUGEOT 208 WRX – 158 pts
5. Mattias EKSTRÖM / Audi S1 – 157 pts
6. Sébastien LOEB / PEUGEOT 208 WRX – 151 pts
7. Niclas GRÖNHOLM / Hyundai i20 – 95 pts
8. Kevin HANSEN / PEUGEOT 208 WRX – 86 pts
9. Janis BAUMANIS / Ford Fiesta – 68 pts
10. Timur TIMERZYANOV / Hyundai i20 – 66 pts
11. Guerlain CHICHERIT / Renault Mégane RS – 44 pts
12. Robin LARSSON / Ford Fiesta – 22 pts
14. Kevin ERIKSSON / Ford Fiesta – 15 pts
15. Tommy RUSTAD / Volkswagen Polo – 14 pts

Team’s championship after round #8/12

1. PSRX Volkswagen Sweden – 384 pts
2. EKS Audi Sport – 322 pts
3. Team PEUGEOT Total – 309 pts
4. GRX Taneco – 161 pts
5. GC Kompetition – 103 pts
6. Olsbergs MSE – 67 pts

Next round

The next round of the World Rallycross Championship is just two weeks away in Latvia. The fast but technical Bikernieki circuit is located only 15 minutes from the centre of the Latvian capital Riga. It measures 1.294 kilometres in length, with 60% asphalt and 40% gravel. Sébastien Loeb won the first World RX of Latvia in 2016 and will be looking for another strong result together with his Team PEUGEOT Total team-mates.

GCK wows crowds at homerace debut in Lohéac

2nd September, Lohéac, France

As round 8 of the FIA World Rallycross Championship saw 80,000 fans gather in Lohéac, France, for what is one of the biggest, most anticipated events of the season, 25 supercars battled it out on tarmac and the gravel dirt section in blazing sunshine and GC KOMPETITION celebrated its “home race” and the re-introduction of British driver Liam Doran after his 2-year Rallycross hiatus with both GCK Mégane R.S. RX reaching the semi-finals.

Following two days of testing for both Guerlain Chicherit and GCK’s newly announced driver, Liam Doran, in France, both boys put down promising speed in Friday’s practice session with Liam turning heads posting the 5th fastest time while Guerlain finished Friday’s practice in 12th, moving up to 9th in Saturday morning’s practice.

Things heated up quickly as Guerlain lined up on the grid for race 3 of Q1, sandwiched between Ekström and Baumanis. Following a good start, Chicherit was squeezed into turn 1 pushing him to the back of the pack from where he fought back to finish in P4.
Liam’s Q1 race followed, with him lining up 5th on the grid on the far outside. Putting down a good start, he spectacularly pushed around the outside to beat Kristofferson into the first corner taking the lead of the race to the delight of the roaring crowd.
Kristofferson managed to overtake Doran on the exit of turn 3, who in turn continued to chase Johan down until he crossed the finish line in 2nd, putting him in 8th overall on his first race following his return to Rallycross.

Q2 saw Guerlain get off the line quick and he continued to race strongly avoiding some first corner contact, tucking in behind Eriksson and racing away from the pack, putting down the 4th fastest time of the day to finish 2nd behind Eriksson and 11th overall.
Liam’s Q2 saw him get pushed out wide into the gravel, losing time, but catching up again quickly to joker in the first lap behind Kevin Hansen, from where he continued to push to catch up with the rest of the pack overtaking Baumanis to finish 4th, putting him in 10th overall with both GCK Mégane R.S. RX part of the top 12 drivers after day 1.

Sunday saw both GCK drivers determined to put down even more competitive speed, which Liam quickly achieved, winning his Q3 and putting down a new fastest lap of the day in the process. Some super strong, fast and fearless racing, that saw him avoid contact and collision behind him, left Liam in a strong 4th place overall following Q3.

Guerlain put down a great start in Q3 but contact into the first corner saw him squeezed into the dirt, from where he
managed to fight back to finish 3rd behind Timmy Hansen and Petter Solberg. Smooth, aggressive driving throughout saw him take the chequered flag ahead of Loeb and Kevin Hansen putting Chicherit in 8th overall following Q3.

Q4 saw GC finish in 3rd ahead of Baumanis and Eriksson, having put down a good start, fighting into the first corner and continuing to push throughout the race, finishing behind Timmy Hansen and Petter Solberg.

Liam put down a good start in race 5 of Q4, tucking in behind Kristofferson, but impact from one of the Audis into turn 2 took him backwards into the gravel, from where he continued to hunt the others down to finish the race in p5 with a good time . With Liam in 6th overall and Guerlain in 11th overall following Q4, both GCK Mégane R.S. RX made it into the semi-finals.

Race 1 of the semi-finals saw Guerlain take on Ekström, Kristofferson, Timmy and Kevin Hansen as well as Grönholm while Liam took on Bakkerud, Solberg, Timerzyanov, Eriksson and Loeb.
While Guerlain lost some time into the first corner, he put down some strong, impressive race pace and finished 5th ahead of Grönholm, a great showcase of a weekend of huge improvements with the car and a big stepping stone for this new team.

Liam put down a strong start in his semi-final, however, initial contact resulted in him having a flat tire which ended the race for him with a finish in 6th.

Guerlain Chicherit commented : “What a great weekend. It’s been a crazy few weeks and months for us and the entire team has been working so hard and has been fully committed to continuously developing our GCK Mégane R.S. RX further and trying new things to make it truly competitive. Having Liam come onboard for Lohéac and testing with him beforehand was awesome – his experience and input was not only helpful with the Mégane but also for me and my driving. Racing in front of my home crowd and seeing the incredible support was the best and I’m so glad we were able to provide them with a strong racing performance and give them a feel of what the Mégane is capable of.”

Liam Doran a ajouté : “I absolutely loved this weekend – I’m so stoked to have been given this opportunity to return to Rallycross. The car is awesome, the team is awesome and it’s just such a professional environment to be in! This was probably the best ever race weekend for me, even just because it allowed me to really come in and just focus on racing and getting the most out of the car – of course, the result isn’t quite what I wanted but that’s racing. To work with the team on improving the car further and being able to support Guerlain as well was hugely satisfying! I’m ecstatic that I’ve been given this opportunity to race and I think the decision to give me this chance and for me to take it, was definitely the right one. The GCK Mégane R.S. RX has huge potential and it’s been great to be able show that to the fans and fellow drivers this weekend.”

British Bomb joins GCK for Loheac RX

GC KOMPETITION are happy to announce that the “British Bomb”, Liam Doran, will join the team at the forthcoming round 8 of the FIA World Rallycross Championship in Lohéac, France, driving the second GCK Mégane R.S. RX alongside Guerlain Chicherit.

Four-times X Games medalist Liam Doran is a Rallycross native, with his family having been involved in the sport since its inception, and competed in both the European and World Rallycross Championships, where he became known as the British Bomb having gained a reputation for his fearless driving style.

Liam will now return to World Rallycross for what is arguably one of the biggest events of the season, and with fond memories of the last time he drove a Prodrive-operated Rallycross car, he will be hoping for more of the same in Lohéac this weekend!

A large amount of British WRX fans have been demanding a return of the British Bomb for the last 2 years and GCK are stoked to have Liam onboard to show the team’s British and French fans that we are here to fight!

Liam Doran commented: “I am excited to be back racing WRX and with GCK. This is a great opportunity and I really cannot express how happy I am to get back behind the wheel. I am confident in the car and Lohéac is one of my favourite tracks, so hopefully we can put together a good result!”

GC Kompetition team manager, Karl O’Sullivan, added: “To be able to secure a driver of such experience and tenacity as Liam to join Guerlain in Lohéac will be hugely beneficial for the entire team. We’re very much looking forward to welcoming Liam to the team and excited to have both drivers test together over the next couple of days ahead of Lohéac. Lohéac RX as the team’s home race is hugely important to us and we want to ensure we are able to offer our fans the best experience and some incredible racing for their entertainment.”