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24/09/2021 News

Hansen World RX Team rack up more podium finishes in Riga!

RIGA, Latvia, September 24th - Championships are often won by those who manage to score heavily even when they’re having a tough weekend. Experienced drivers despite their relatively young age, Timmy and Kevin Hansen – the standard bearers of the Hansen World RX Team who had won all three rounds so far this season between them – have understood this and showed it to perfection at the Riga double-header in Latvia, held at the Bikernieki track. 

After claiming the last two top-five spots after the qualifying rounds on day one, Timmy and Kevin were then able to take advantage of a dose of good fortune in the race to grab second and third positions in the final. The two Swedish brothers and their TotalEnergies-backed Peugeot 208 WRXs even managed to repeat the feat in the second race. This time, however, only Timmy finished on the podium with a third place that felt like a win against rivals who were determined to take his scalp, whilst Kevin salvaged what he could with fifth position. 

“I’d be inclined to say it’s a pretty good result,” analysed Timmy Hansen afterwards, “given the fact we weren't really on the pace here. It was a very difficult weekend for us and we really had to fight hard to make it onto the podium. We couldn’t have really hoped for a better result. During development testing, we worked a lot on improving the traction of the car, but perhaps that actually cost us here on the Bikernieki track, where the level of grip is very high. The remaining rounds will be held on circuits that should be more suited to the qualities of our Peugeot 208 WRX, to be honest. For the time being, I’m just pleased to have gotten through this tough weekend of racing and we’ll now focus on the rest of the season.” The next round of the World Rallycross Championship will see the drivers fight it out at the famous Spa-Francorchamps track (Belgium), on 9-10 October.

Championship update

After starting the season with three consecutive one-two finishes, Timmy and Kevin’s weekend in Latvia was undoubtedly less successful but they nonetheless secured precious points, ensuring that they remain in the top two slots in the drivers’ championship standings, with Timmy still holding a comfortable lead. Similarly, the Hansen World RX Team remains the clear leader in the teams’ standings.