Timmy Hansen, 2019 world champion, is the new confirmed pilot in the Catalunya RX 2021 with the aim of regaining the coveted crown
The Swedish rider joins the Catalan competition on July 23 and 24 together with his brother
Last week it was announced that Kevin Hansen will return to the wheel of the Peugeot 208 RX for Hansen Motorsport at this year’s FIA World Rallycross Championship. In recent days one of the great names that cannot be absent in this competition has been confirmed. Together with his brother, for the eighth consecutive season, the 2019 world champion Timmy Hansen is the new confirmed pilot in the Catalunya RX 2021 for one more season with the aim of recovering the coveted crown.
If you don’t miss out on this opportunity, you will be able to see the successful 29-year-old Swedish pilot live, competing on July 23 and 24 at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya for the sixth consecutive season. You can get your ticket from € 19.95 at this link: https://bit.ly/CATRXtickets.
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The eldest son of Kenneth Hansen, the most successful rallycross driver to date with 14 FIA European Rallycross titles, has been a World RX stalwart since its inception in 2014 and, in fact, he’s one of only three competitors to have participated in all the rounds so far, scoring ten wins and 32 finals.
His 2019 campaign was the most successful so far, registering four victories and claiming the crown in the final round of the season, after a heart-stopping final in the fight for the crown with Andreas Bakkerud at the South African Killarney Moto Racing Complex. Without a doubt, one of the best seasons in the FIA World Rallycross Championship.
A life linked to the motor
Hansen began his motorsport career in circuit racing, before focusing on rallycross, in 2012. After finishing third in the FIA European Rallycross Championship 2013, he made the leap to the FIA World Rallycross Championship at the wheel of a Peugeot 208 WRX.
In his first season at the top of the discipline, in 2014, victory in Italy and three more podium appearances propelled him to fourth place in the standings. The World RX 2015 was a success. He reached the runner-up, behind Petter Solberg, and three victories in the rounds of Norway, France and Turkey. In 2016 he joined the Peugeot-Hansen team with nine-time world champion Sebastien Loeb. The Swedish won the Canadian event and achieved four more podiums in 2017. He participated for the fifth consecutive season with the French team in 2018, alongside Loeb and under the Peugeot team flag, getting two podiums and finishing sixth in the championship.
In the last two editions of the World Cup, he achieved the victory of the championship in 2019 and four more podiums the following edition, which took him to third place in the final classification of 2020. After having reached second place in Catalunya, Hansen is eager to continue demonstrating his growth this 2021 campaign, which will begin on July 23 and 24 in Catalunya. The following race weekends in Germany, Sweden, France, Latvia, Belgium and Portugal complete an eight-round schedule.
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Excitement and renewed energy
In statements collected by the FIA World Rallycross Championship, Timmy Hansen has expressed his enthusiasm for returning to the World Championship: “In the last few years since we’ve become a fully independent family team, being on the grid each season has never been a given. I’m very grateful I have the opportunity to come back and race again this year. I love rallycross, it’s always been part of my life and it still is in a very big way. We run the family team every day and our involvement with rallycross goes back decades. It’s been in my blood since I was born, so I’ll always want to compete here”.
“Even though this will be my eighth season in World RX, I’m as motivated as ever to write a new story. We’ve been working really hard and the car feels much better now than it did in 2020. All the great ideas and talented people working with us have made a big difference, even as a small team that’s improving step-by-step. We might have a good shot at competing for the title this year, but let’s see how it goes”.
The Hansen family
Behind Hansen Motorsport there is a key figure in the team’s operation, rallycross legend Kenneth Hansen. The fourteen-time European champion is delighted to be with his son again in this new edition.
“Timmy is a world-class driver and a world champion in rallycross, of course, so we are very happy to be in a position to keep him with us again in 2021. Having him alongside Kevin to continue the strongest driver pairing in World RX was always our target”.
“He is giving himself new experiences and new challenges with his Extreme E campaign, and we know this new adventure is very important to him. We are lucky that he is able to do both that and World Rallycross, as he makes such a big difference to our team. It’s also great that we have two drivers who know our car inside-out, and that Timmy can maintain the momentum he had in the second half of last season”.
In addition to the Hansen brothers, last week the competition of the drivers Timo Scheider, Enzo Ide, Kevin Abbring, Niclas Grönholm and Krisztian Szabo in the Catalunya RX 2021 was also announced.