Hansen family and MJP Racing together in the 2019 World RX season
The Hansens, world’s most famous rallycross family, will stay in the FIA World Rallycross Championship in 2019. After losing support from Peugeot factory at the end of 2018, Kenneth Hansen and his family found Austrian businessman Max J. Pucher as their new partner and they formed the Team Hansen MJP. The team will run two Peugeot 208 Supercars for Timmy Hansen and Kevin Hansen.
Hansen Motorsport is present in the World Rallycross Championship since the inaugural season in 2014. They collected many wins but the best result was the Teams’ Championship title in 2015. In the same season, Kevin Hansen was the RX Lites champion and then he was European rallycross champion in 2016. The older brother Timmy collected five World RX wins and twenty-four podiums in five seasons, finishing best as the vice-champion in 2015.
“The months following Peugeot Sport’s decision to close their RX activity – which saw the Hansen family stranded without a team and programme – have been some of our toughest ever. Since then, with a commitment deeply rooted in our love for rallycross, Hansen Motorsport has used almost every single waking hour to find ways and possibilities to get a team and budget together to be able to return to World RX,” Kenneth Hansen said.
Max J. Pucher, the owner of MJP Racing, added: “It was a great moment when Kenneth and I decided to do more together in 2019, as we have an almost similar vision for the future of rallycross. Kenneth worked really hard on this, and I am very glad that Team HANSEN MJP is now a part of World RX. I look forward to more rallycross than ever in 2019.”
“It feels like it’s been a long winter since our last rallycross race in South Africa in November, so it’s brilliant to confirm that we’ll be back in the World Championship. For a long time, we genuinely weren’t sure if we were going to make it or not so it’s a huge relief to know we will be there and I couldn’t be more excited right now.
Looking at the drivers and teams confirmed so far, it’s shaping up to be a competitive season with a very level playing field. The addition of a couple of new tracks only adds to the unpredictability, but I have a fantastic team of people around me, the 208 WRX is a great car that I feel very comfortable in. We have an incredibly busy year ahead, but I can’t wait to get out to Abu Dhabi and see how we shape up,” the 26-year old Timmy Hansen said.
Parallel to their World RX campaign, Hansen brothers will also compete in the new GRC Europe series, organised by Max Pucher’s company.