Hansen em­u­lates his fa­ther with emo­tional win in Euro­pean com­pe­ti­tion

Motor Sport News - - World Rallycross -

Ex-bri­tish Ju­nior Ral­ly­cross cham­pion Kevin Hansen started in his fourth Su­per­car event at the open­ing round of the Euro­pean Ral­ly­coss Cham­pi­onship in Bel­gium and won the fi­nal.

While Hansen had crashed out of the first qual­i­fy­ing race af­ter con­tact, Al­batec Rac­ing’s Jerome Gros­set-janin dom­i­nated. He set the fastest time in each of the four qual­i­fy­ing races to be top at the In­ter­me­di­ate Clas­si­fi­ca­tion. Hansen re­cov­ered to fourth for the semis.

Both Gros­set-janin and Hansen won their semi-fi­nal races to line up on the front row of the grid for the fi­nal. Gros­set-janin took the lead on the first lap with Hansen in sec­ond. The young Swede took his joker on lap four, Al­batec re­spond­ing a lap later to cover off the move but RX Lites Cup cham­pion Hansen had put in the lap of the week­end and, as Gros­set-janin ex­ited the joker, Hansen leapt into the lead to score his first Su­per­car win.

“I just tried to fol­low Jerome and pushed on the lap be­fore he took the joker. On the last lap I re­alised that I was lead­ing the fi­nal. I have seen dad lead­ing so many times so I’m re­ally pleased to win here,” said Hansen, son of 14-time Euro­pean cham­pion Ken­neth. “I’m in a good po­si­tion to keep chal­leng­ing for the podium this year, the car is re­ally strong.”

Last year’s World RX driver Tord Lin­nerud fin­ished third in his VW Polo. Hun­gar­ian new­comer ‘Csucsu’ fin­ished fourth, with reign­ing Euro RX cham­pion Tommy Rus­tad fifth in a sec­ond Al­batec Peu­geot 208 and Joni-pekka Ra­jala sixth in an Ek­lund Mo­tor­sport VW Bee­tle.

Ir­ish­man Derek To­hill fin­ished 12th on his re­turn to in­ter­na­tional Su­per­car com­pe­ti­tion, but Ollie O’dono­van and Bri­tish driv­ers Kevin Proc­ter and Andy Scott all failed to make the start of the event.

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