Hansen family beats the clock to return to World RX as Team HANSEN MJP

Hansen family beats the clock to return to World RX as Team HANSEN MJP

06.03.2019: Swedish superteam cements emotional return to World RX grid Dynamic driver line-up behind the wheel of potent Peugeot 208 WRX

•    Swedish superteam cements emotional return to World RX grid


•    Dynamic driver line-up behind the wheel of potent Peugeot 208 WRX


•    Team’s toughest winter makes way for exciting new chapter




Hansen Motorsport is happy and proud to finally present the new Team HANSEN MJP which will participate in the 2019 FIA World Rallycross Championship, following what Team Principal Kenneth Hansen has described as ‘the most challenging period ever’ in the Scandinavian squad’s history.



Team HANSEN MJP will field a brace of potent Peugeot 208 WRX Supercars for the Hansen brothers, Timmy and Kevin. The joy and excitement on their faces cannot be mistaken, as they now will contest full programmes in both World RX and GRC Europe.



This confirmation comes just over four months on from arguably Hansen Motorsport’s darkest day, when the team’s future appeared very uncertain following Peugeot Sport’s World RX withdrawal. For an organisation that many people might consider synonymous with rallycross success – with a record 14 FIA European Rallycross Championship titles to his credit, founder Kenneth Hansen is one of the most crowned drivers in the history of the discipline – these have been bleak times indeed. But finally, the team has emerged on the other side.



When Hansen Motorsport sealed a deal to enter the new GRC Europe series in December, it gave the energy boost needed to continue the daily strive to similarly secure a place in World RX. An ever-present force in the World Championship since its inception in 2014, Hansen Motorsport has clinched multiple wins and the 2015 Teams’ crown over the past five seasons. Now, the next chapter is set to begin.




Widely regarded as a champion in waiting, Timmy Hansen has concluded every season inside the top six in the World RX standings, racing to five victories and 24 podium finishes as well as the 2015 World Championship runner-up laurels. As he looks ahead to the forthcoming campaign, the 26-year-old is fired-up to fight for the biggest prize in international rallycross.



Despite his age, younger brother Kevin Hansen already has a long career in rallycross under his belt, going all the way back to 2013 and yielding titles in the RX Lites Cup and FIA European Rallycross Championship for Supercars – the latter earning him the most coveted award of all for newcomers, the FIA Rookie of the Year Award in 2016. Since then, the 20-year-old has consistently impressed on the World Championship stage as he cements his status as one of the sport’s fastest-rising stars.





The 2019 FIA World Rallycross Championship will fire into life at Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina Circuit on 4/5 April, going on to visit Canada and some of the most iconic rallycross venues in Europe before concluding in South Africa on 9/10 November.





DRIVER PROFILES







Timmy Hansen
Date of Birth: 21 May, 1992
Hometown: Götene, Sweden



Career Highlights


2018: FIA World RX, 6th (2 podiums)
2017: FIA World RX, 5th (4 podiums)
2016: FIA World RX, 6th (1 win, 6 podiums)
2015: FIA World RX, 2nd (3 wins, 8 podiums)
2014: FIA World RX, 4th (1 win, 4 podiums)
2014: FIA Euro RX, 3rd (1 win, 4 podiums)
















 

Kevin Hansen
Date of Birth: 28 May, 1998
Hometown: Lidköping, Sweden

 

 

 
Career Highlights



2018: FIA World RX, 8th (6 final appearances)
2017: FIA World RX, 8th (2 final appearances)
2016: FIA World RX, 15th (2 final appearances) / FIA Euro RX, 1st (4 wins, 5 podiums)
2015: FIA World RX debut, 5th (Argentina) /
RX Lites Cup, 1st (1 win, 7 podiums)
2014: RX Lites Cup, 2nd (1 win, 4 podiums)
2013: Junior RX Cup, 1st (3 wins, 6 podiums)
2012: Junior RX Cup, 1st (4 wins, 6 podiums)

 

 

 

- Russell Atkins, photos Red Bull Content Pool / Jaanus Ree

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