Kevin Hansen (23), the youngest of the Hansen brothers, has been confirmed for the 2021 FIA World Rallycross Championship (World RX). He will be the lead driver of Hansen World RX Team at the wheel of a Peugeot 208.
A second driver for the team for the upcoming 2021 season has not been named yet according to the official announcement made today (June 7). Also the communications sent out did not mention any news regarding older brother Timmy Hansen, who is currently racing in the Extreme E series, and has been the teammate of [Kevin] Hansen during a number of seasons.
“I’ve been looking at all areas of my development in order to put myself in a better position ahead of the season,” Kevin Hansen said following the announcement. “I know where I’ve been weak and where I’ve been strong, and it’s time to put it all together in the final year of the combustion-engined era.
“I’m capable of winning championships. I think my junior career showed that. This is no different and I hope the changes around me will showcase the progress we’ve made together. Our car development has moved towards a direction I feel more comfortable with, and the Peugeot did fit me much better last season than in 2019. I believe since then we’ve progressed even more in that direction, and I can’t wait to extract all of it on-track.
“To close World RX’s combustion chapter with the Hansen name on top would be a beautiful story, given the team’s rich history and the upcoming shift to full electric rallycross. It’s my time to shine!”
The 2021 season is set to be the last one that will see internal combustion engine cars in World RX. The World championship will move to full-electric racing in 2022. However, 2021 will already see the first-ever FIA electric Rallycross Championship – FIA RX2e – as the official support series to the World championship.
The 2021 season is set to go underway on July 23-24 at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya at Montmeló in Spain.