A rollercoaster of a weekend for Kevin Hansen at round four of the FIA World Rallycross Championship at Mettet in Belgium: the reigning European Rallycross Supercar champion, at the wheel of Team Peugeot-Hansen‘s third car, a 2016-spec Peugeot 208, showed impressive pace in Saturday’s first two qualifying rounds, even outpacing more experienced competitors.
As day two began, hopes were running high, but on his Q3 run, the back end of Kevin’s 208 ran wide in one of the tightest turns, hit a tyre bale, and caused the car to roll over. The driver luckily escaped unhurt, but the car couldn’t be repaired on time for Q4. It will, however, be ready for the next race in Great Britain, on 26-28 May.
“The weekend didn’t begin well for me when I didn’t have a good feeling during Friday’s practice session, says Hansen.
We made a few changes for Saturday and they made a positive difference. Despite the state of the track, I picked up good results in Q1 and Q2 but then I rolled and my weekend came to a halt in Q3. I’m okay, apart from a few pains – especially my shoulder – which should clear up in a few days’ time and I will be ready for Lydden Hill. As usual, I am convinced my mechanics will pull out all the stops to get my car shipshape again. So a big thank you to them in advance for that.”
Last year’s race at Lydden Hill marked one of Kevin’s wildcard entries in World RX that season, as he was committed to the full EuroRX campaign. Nevertheless, he still managed to finish the event fourth overall, just behind his older brother Timmy.