An­other Hansen claims the Euro­pean tro­phy

Motor Sport News - - World Rallycross: Spain -

For­mer Bri­tish Ju­nior Ral­ly­cross cham­pion Kevin Hansen em­u­lated his father Ken­neth, the most suc­cess­ful ral­ly­cross driver ever, by se­cur­ing the FIA Euro­pean Ral­ly­cross Cham­pi­onship at the penul­ti­mate round in Spain.

Hansen won his fourth suc­ces­sive event in the fiver­ound se­ries to put the ti­tle out of reach of Nor­we­gian Tord Lin­nerud with the fi­nal round still to run in Latvia in two weeks’ time.

Out­go­ing cham­pion Tommy Rus­tad fin­ished sec­ond in the fi­nal af­ter a mam­moth ef­fort from Bri­tish team Al­batec Rac­ing, who worked through most of Satur­day night to re­pair Rus­tad’s Peu­geot 208 fol­low­ing a heavy roll in Q2.

Rus­tad’s pass on Lin­nerud for sec­ond po­si­tion in the fi­nal was enough to land Hansen the crown.

“This is amaz­ing. This is some­thing I have been dream­ing about for most of my life,” said Hansen. “The fo­cus for this week­end was to try and win an­other one, to do the job we have done be­fore. I had a bit of strug­gle in Q4 but then in the semi and fi­nal I had a great start and to win the race and the cham­pi­onship. Dad has won 14 times and it’s very cool to do it my­self. I’m so, so happy and I’m look­ing for­ward to try and win five out of five races in Latvia.”

Jerome-gros­set Janin, Peter Hed­strom and Fredrik Sal­sten com­pleted the list of Euro RX Su­per­car fin­ish­ers in the fi­nal.

father with ti­tle vic­tory Kevin Hansen has now em­u­lated his

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