Sixteen-year-old Kevin Hansen is set to take on both the RX Lites Cup and the RallyX Scandinavia series this season in his Peugeot 208 Lite, under the Peugeot Red Bull Hansen Junior Team banner.
Hansen is looking to take both titles with his RX Lites Cup season kicking off next weekend at Montalegre, Portugal, supporting the season-opening round of the 2015 FIA World Rallycross Championship season.
“My hopes for this season are quite high,” said the Red Bull Athlete. “I want to continue the great pace and podium streak that we had last year and I think that can bring us out on top, but it won’t be easy.
“There are a lot of good drivers in Lites. Pressure isn’t the right word, but for sure I think people are probably expecting me to win this year and my own goals are no lower than their expectations. In Portugal, we want a strong start to the year. Winning isn’t the priority, but good points are,”
Hansen has been busy preparing for the season ahead with a strict physical and mental fitness programme, “Preparations over the winter have gone great. The Sweden Junior Team has provided me with a fantastic workout schedule and mental training. I’m ready to do this. We want to win and I really feel that the car, team and myself have taken a huge step forward,”
For the season ahead Team Manager Graham Rodemark will overlook the teenagers progress; The pair are no strangers with Rodemark already having taken Hansen to the Junior Championship title in the MSA British Rallycross Championship in 2012, alongside his success in the JRX Cup the same year
“To have Graham with us this year is perfect,” said Hansen. “He is a very clever and strategic guy with a lot of experience. He and I work very well together.”
Along with Hansen Rodemark has worked with a number of top rallycross competitors including the likes of Kenneth Hansen, Martin Schanche and Liam Doran.
“I’m really looking forward to working with Kevin this season. We worked well together in the British Championship and had a lot of success,” said Rodemark.“I hope I can aid him in becoming a rounded competitor and together we can archive success this year. Portugal will be a really exciting event.”