The all-new RX2 International Series and Supercar Lites outfit #YellowSquad, ran by Kevin and Timmy Hansen alongside Eric Fären, had a successful start to its debut season with both of the drivers giving promising results throughout the All Star Magic Weekend.
Henrik Krogstad, a RX2 veteran and who was the first driver signed by the team, fired a signal of intent after taking second in the Lites class in the season-opener at Höljes on Thursday and would have finished on the podium again in round two if not for a lack of grip saw him finish fourth in the final.
Speaking about round two, Krogstad said: “I really thought we had this one. I made a very small mistake on the grid, running the revs a little bit too low at the start and that small error made a big difference to the outcome of the race. Getting to the first turn in third instead of first meant my hope of victory was pretty much over. “
“This was my first race weekend in a Lites car after almost a year and a half, and getting starts right in the rain is not easy; it’s not something you do that often.”
“It’s a good sign that I was fastest in Q4 and my semi-final. It’s just a question of time before everything clicks and I get that win. Everything else within the team is working great; it’s just the small details and increasing my experience even more that will make the difference.“
The second of the team’s drivers, Supercar Lites newcomer 16-year-old Dan Skočdopole had a mixed pair of results. After brilliantly reaching the final in round one, the young Czech driver could only manage fourth in the semi-final of the second event.
He went on to explain his thoughts: “I’m pretty happy about how today (Sunday) went. We had the natural speed all weekend; the only issue is I struggled put it all together and get the result a few times. Reaching the semi-final in both rounds and the final in the first round is a good debut result; if we keep going going like this, good results will come in the future. Thank you to the team for all their efforts during this very long weekend!”
While Kevin Hansen, Team Principal added on his drivers performances:”It’s been an absolutely brilliant. It’s the first time we’re racing as a Lites team, and it’s such a long weekend for a rallycross event as well. It was a really big test for everyone in the team, especially under these new COVID-19 safety rules issued by the FIA, which is also helping us to prepare for the return of the RX2 Series.”
“There were promising results for both drivers: Henrik has made a fantastic comeback after his one-year sabbatical, stepping up massively to be fast ever since the first qualifying session on Thursday. His driving today was fantastic: so stable, consistent and mature. To score a podium with Henrik was definitely the best part about this weekend, along with having a real shot to win today’s race.”
He added:“Dan has also developed so much during this weekend alone, getting to know the car better and better and becoming more comfortable with the team; we’re all learning how to work best together. His approach has been really mature. There have been some rookie rallycross mistakes from lacking a bit of experience, which is to be expected because he’s a rookie! But we’re working on those points very hard before the next race and I’m sure he’s hungry for more. He’ll know the car is fast given the times Henrik was achieving this weekend.”