Kevin Hansen: “Canada is actually a special place for me!”

Kevin Hansen. Credit: @World / Red Bull Content Pool

Kevin Hansen ended the first half of the season on a poor note after retiring his brand new 2018 Peugeot 208 WRX Supercar in the final of the 2018 World RX of Sweden.

However, the home World RX round for the Team Peugeot Total driver was a learning experience as he got to grips with the newer specification of car.

Hansen is looking forward to returning to Canada this weekend. Credit: Jaanus Ree/Red Bull Content Pool

“Obviously in Sweden I started with the initial 2018-specification car, and although I thought it would feel quite similar to the car I had been driving until then, in fact there were a few things that were quite different, especially with the set-up,” explained Hansen.

“So Sweden was a bit of a learning experience for me, and by the end I thought that we were really getting somewhere. Now my goal is to continue that progress in Canada: I feel we’re getting better all the time.”

Hansen is learning the newer spec Peugeot 208 WRX as he returns to Canada. Credit: Media Peugeot Sport

As the 2018 World RX of Canada marks the beginning of the second half of the 2018 FIA World Rallycross Championship, its also the chance to return to the Trois-Rivieres circuit. The tough street circuit has a special place for Hansen as he explains.

“Canada is actually a special place for me because it’s where my whole story with Peugeot really started: I drove a PEUGEOT 208 RX Lites car for the 1st time in Canada in 2014, with Red Bull coming on board and me becoming a factory-supported driver,” said the 2015 FIA European Rallycross Champion.

“So it was a real turning point in my personal history. It’s strange, because although at 20 I’m still young, I feel that I’m developing a lot of experience in rallycross now and I know the Trois-Rivieres track quite well too, which is so much fun to drive.”