Swedish driver Kevin Hansen will be one of 12 drivers competing in the FIA World Rallycross Championship‘s RX Lites category this weekend at Lydden Hill for the British round. Having shown strong pace already this year, but yet to score a victory, Hansen is sure that he has the ability to cross the finish line first this weekend.
Hansen finished the RX Lites season-opener at Portugal in 2nd, and was leading the RallyX Scandinavia Championship race at Skovde two weeks ago before being forced to retire from damage. He believes that he can drive his Peugeot 208 Lites to victory this weekend and change his misfortune.
“The past two races have been great, the speed is so good and I feel it’s no problem to find the setup of the car we want,” commented the Red Bull Peugeot Hansen Junior Team driver. “The balance is very consistent and it’s really great to have such a strong platform to work from. I think we have a great setup for tarmac driving, so we can be fast straight away at Lydden. I just hope that luck can be on my side this time. In Portugal I always seemed to be starting on the outside of the grid which meant we lost out in the first corner, then at Skovde we were easily leading the final before the car got damaged.”
Having won the British Rallycross Championship Junior category in 2013, Kevin considers the Kent track to be a home venue: “Lydden is one of my favourite tracks, there’s a lot of tarmac and it’s so fluid and nice. I’ve raced a lot there in the British Championship and been testing there in the past too, so I know the track very well. I think it can be a really good event for me. My team manager Graham [Rodemark] was with me when I raced in the British Championship so it will be great go back to Lydden with him, to where I started my rallycross career.”
Kevin Hansen is second in the RX Lites standings, behind Kevin Eriksson. Round two of the season takes place this weekend at Lydden Hill.