12 Aug 2019
Timmy and Kevin Hansen will compete in their third top-level rallycross competition this weekend when they race in the Nitro Rallycross event at the Nitro World Game in Utah.
The duo, who are racing full-time in the FIA World Rallycross championship as well as the TitansRX series in Europe, will join a 10-car field made up of predominately US-based competitors.
For Timmy Hansen it marks a return to a place where he won a year ago, when he outclassed former World RX rival Mattias Ekstrom to win the final. Despite having that first success in his pocket, he is once again keeping his expectations in check.
“Last year we went there and we enjoyed it, but nobody knew what to expect so I’m going to do the same again,” he said. “I think the track is going to be different, small tweaks here and there to improve the racing even more, but I’m going to stay relaxed, look forward to the race and enjoy it as I did before.”
Kevin Hansen meanwhile will be making his Nitro Rallycross debut, having played more a supporting role to his older brother in the 2018 edition of the event.
“I’m sure he is mega excited to drive there,” said Timmy Hansen. “He was with me but as a team member last year, [but] now he has his own car and he’s been talking about the jump super-confidently but I know that when he stands on the edge on the track walk and he sees how extremely far it is until the other end he will be surprised.”
“It was kind of intimidating to do that and just before he hits it for the first time I’m sure it’s going to be the same for him. It’s scary but you just have to do it.”
Kevin Hansen, who currently tops the World RX and TitansRX standings added to his brother’s comments, saying that he couldn’t wait to get out to the Utah Motorsports Campus and do battle with the drivers from Americas Rallycros for the first time.
“I’m looking forward to it, I think it will be even better than last year.” he said. “I think it’s a really competitive field.”
“I can’t wait to go out and be on the rollercoaster that the track is and race with the guys from ARX. I look forward to racing with Patrik [Sandell], with [Scott] Speed.”
However, despite Nitro presenting the brothers with an opportunity to have a ‘best of three’ titles between them for 2019, Kevin Hansen insists that the pair won’t be rivals on track, but will instead eachother to achieve the best possible results as a team, as they do in World RX and TitansRX.
“We haven’t had the rivalry since we began the season and we will not finish with one so when we go there we will try to have a good result again,” he stressed. “I think we are strongest when we are one team.”