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“We’re Lacking a Really Small Amount of Pace” – Kevin Hansen on Riga Performance

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Kevin Hansen believes there was nothing more he could do at the World RX of Latvia after he inherited a place in the final on Sunday.

Hansen made the final following Timo Scheider‘s disqualification from the semi-final after he clashed with Andreas Bakkerud.

There were no clear mistakes all weekend from either of the Hansen brothers’, but both drivers were left disappointed that the speed in the Peugeot 208 was not quite where they wanted it to be.

Kevin Hansen said: “I feel I have more and can do more, but the starts still aren’t quite there. We’re lacking a really small amount of pace, not much at all, but it’s tough because it makes a big difference to the result.

“We did the maximum possible and I still have a very good feeling with the car, which is a great positive, having that full confidence and not making any mistakes. Being in scenario two for FIA Covid-19 protocols this weekend meant we were able to bring Eric Färén with us as an extra team member to help us even more, which has been useful as well.

He continued: “It was very disappointing not to get through my semi-final on speed; I felt I had more speed than both Larsson and Grönholm. I went to the pre-grid for the final even though I was sure I wouldn’t be the one called up if a grid slot opened, so I’m very surprised they called me in. But understanding the rules afterwards, going to pre-grid was a great choice!

“I was a bit more relaxed than I usually am before a race so it took me about a lap to get fully back into my rhythm again. I feel like I had a good run in the final, even if I was maybe a little too aggressive at the first corner. But when you are starting last, there’s nothing to lose of course.”

Kevin set the fastest lap of the weekend during Sunday warm-up with a 48.098. Nobody was able to match that yet neither Kevin or Timmy Hansen was able to match that pace later in the day.

Kenneth Hansen added: “The best thing about today was Kevin’s warm-up time! In only one lap he put a new unofficial lap record on the board. That was very good. Unfortunately, we couldn’t keep that speed and we’re not completely sure why, so we need to do some more analysis into why that is. We’re not able to get up to that exact pace every race yet.

Team Hansen remain in second place in the teams’ standings but are now 43 points behind Kyb Team JC with four rounds to go in the 2020 World RX season.

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