It was not the best of weekends for Kevin Hansen; the young Swede, competing as Team Peugeot-Hansen‘s third-car entry in a 2016-spec Peugeot 208 WRX, couldn’t fulfil his hopes of a semi-final spot, as a defective fuel injector forced him to stop in the middle of his Q2 run.
A double disappointment for Timmy Hansen‘s younger brother, who turned 19 years old on Sunday, had hoped to celebrate his birthday with a solid finish on English soil: his thirteenth-place qualifying meant he just missed out on a back-row start in the semi-finals.
“I’m having a bit of a hard time this year,” said Hansen. “I’m doing all I can but it’s not easy against drivers in 2017-spec cars.”
“On top of that, I had a small technical problem in Q2 on Saturday and that scuppered my chances of reaching the semi-finals.
“It was very disappointing to come 13th, especially here at Lydden Hill where I made my rallycross début and where I have scored some good results.
“I had been hoping for a better way to celebrate my 19th birthday!”
In a fortnight, World RX drivers will be facing round six of the series, at Hell in Norway (10-11 June). At the Norwegian venue, Kevin scored the second of four consecutive FIA European Rallycross Championship for Supercars wins last year, en route to his ERX Supercars Champion’s title; he also finished second in the RX Lites final there in 2015.