How Hansen and Rode­mark have learned to speak the same lan­guage to achieve ral­ly­cross suc­cess

Motor Sport News - - Insight: Kevin Hansen -

Rode­mark’s feel­ings about the work­ing re­la­tion­ship with Hansen are re­cip­ro­cated by the young Swede, who at­tributes a large pro­por­tion of his suc­cess to the team around him.

“I think me and Gra­ham have some­thing that no­body else has in this pad­dock,” says Hansen, who won the pres­ti­gious FIA Rookie of the Year award last year. “We’ve been to­gether since the first round I ever did in ral­ly­cross. To­gether we have learnt the lan­guage of how speak to each other.

“He un­der­stands me so well and I know how he works. I think it would be very dif­fi­cult to get the same feel­ing with some­one else, even as a pro­fes­sional driver with a very good en­gi­neer.

“To­gether with mum, dad and Timmy, he has taught me how to drive ral­ly­cross in the fastest way, and much of what I do on track is thanks to Gra­ham. I also have so much con­fi­dence in Kieran, he knows what I need to feel ready for a race, so I feel re­ally safe when he and Toby are there. They are re­ally good.”

On the back of em­u­lat­ing his fa­ther’s suc­cess by se­cur­ing the Euro­pean Ral­ly­cross crown, Hansen also cred­its rac­ing in the Ju­nior cat­e­gory in Bri­tish RX with be­ing in­stru­men­tal in his ca­reer.

“I’m still young, but I’m ac­tu­ally quite ex­pe­ri­enced at ral­ly­cross now,” Hansen adds. “The Ju­nior Swift is a very ba­sic car which you can­not do any­thing to re­ally, you just need to go out there to drive and ex­pe­ri­ence the feel­ing of what the car is do­ing. Also, to get the first cor­ner ex­pe­ri­ence – sit­u­a­tions hap­pen all the time in the first cor­ner in ral­ly­cross and dur­ing the races, so I think it was re­ally use­ful to do a cou­ple of years there and get a feel­ing for how ral­ly­cross works.”

The pair have gelled well

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