Red Bull athlete Kevin Hansen made a fantastic comeback to finish second in the final round of the RX Lites Cup at the Istanbul Park in Turkey. The result also secures Hansen second place in the championship standings.
Hansen started on the second row of the final in his Peugeot 208 Lites and moved up to third in the first corner. He took his compulsory joker lap on lap one [a longer extra route that each driver must take once during the car] and got his head down to chase the cars ahead. Closing in on those who were yet to joker, Hansen tried to pass Latvian Janis Baumanis on the loose section but lost time when the pair made contact. Hansen then passed Baumanis for second and pushed hard on the final lap, but couldnâ€™t find a way passed his compatriot Sebastien Eriksson in the closing stages.
â€œIt was a crazy final. We had so much bad luck this weekend but as a team we got on with it and pushed really hard. We were clever with our joker laps and Iâ€™m really pleased to have finished second in the last round of the championship, and in the overall positions,â€ said Hansen.
The Swedeâ€™s weekend didnâ€™t get off to the perfect start, an engine problem in practice meant the Red Bull Peugeot Hansen Junior Team had to change the unit and missed the first qualifying heat as a result.
â€œWe missed heat one and then in the heat two we had quite a good run but had a fight and lost time. In the fourth heat we proved our pace and were quickest by almost two seconds overall. I had to fight my way up from starting at the back in the semi-finals, but we made it to the final. In the final you just go, go go and try to do your best. I took the joker early to get free air. It worked and we were second on the last lap. I tried to pass Sebastien [Eriksson] but there was no way through. When we had the problems yesterday I thought we had lost second place in the championship, Iâ€™m so proud of my team that we manage to fight as hard as we do. We got this result together.â€
RX Lites Cup, Turkey: Final Results
1 Sebastien Eriksson
2 Kevin Hansen
3 Janis Baumanis
4 Kevin Eriksson
5 Daniel Holten
6 Yigit Timur
RX Lites Cup Championship after round 6 / 6:
1 Kevin Eriksson 136
2 Kevin Hansen 99
3 Daniel Holten 97
4 Yigit Timur 94
5 Sebastien Eriksson 82
6 Richard Goransson 73