Kevin Hansen named FIA Rookie of the Year, and tar­gets World RX

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Former MSA Bri­tish Ju­nior Ral­ly­cross cham­pion Kevin Hansen has been awarded the FIA Rookie of the Year award.

Hansen claimed the FIA Euro­pean Cham­pi­onship for Su­per­car in his de­but sea­son in the di­vi­sion this year.

The 18-year-old, who picked up his tro­phy at the FIA Awards Gala in Vi­enna last week, has his sights set on rac­ing full-time in the World Ral­ly­cross Cham­pi­onship next sea­son.

“It feels pretty un­real to have won this award. It’s hard to un­der­stand re­ally,” he said. “It’s such a spe­cial award, and to be the first ral­ly­cross driver ever to win it is some­thing re­ally in­de­scrib­able. So many great drivers have pre­vi­ously won it, so to be on that list is epic.”

The Swede says he still can’t quite be­lieve what he achieved this sea­son.

“It’s still too big to re­alise that I’m Euro­pean cham­pion, but for sure win­ning four of the five rounds has sunk in, as well as some strong per­for­mances in World RX,” he added.

Kevin, the son of 14-time cham­pion Ken­neth Hansen, also drove his Peu­geot 208 Su­per­car to strong per­for­mances in World RX events, with fourth over­all at Ly­d­den Hill in the UK and in Ger­many in 2016.

“World RX is my goal for sure, and I think I’ve earned it,” he said. “But as ev­ery­one knows it’s not only about re­sults in mo­tor­sport.”

Hansen took Euro­pean RX crown

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