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The race weekend at Trois-Rivières did not go according to plan for the Swedish outfit with both drivers on the cusp of qualifying for a semi-final spot on day one.
Timmy Hansen restored some hope with a fourth-place finish in Q3, but he was the biggest loser in the championship squabble after crashing in Q2 and a chaotic race four of Q4, which saw him crawl across the finish line with a badly damaged car.
The championship leader Kevin progressed to the semi-finals but was later disqualified for contact with Anton Marklund in the finals.
Team Hansen MJP will have a lot of work to do in the coming weeks to understand why they lacked the pace in Canada.
“We learned a lot as a team this weekend," said Kenneth Hansen, team boss. "We didn't put everything together."
The 1.37km Trois-Rivières track is very tight and technical with a long straight, which means that there is a trade-off between set-up, race starts and straight-line speed.
"When we came here we thought we would be very strong but we struggled a little with the speed," he said. "It wasn't really bad per se, but we also pushed a little over the limit a couple of times."
"We need to pick up the small details as to why that was the case. We didn't make brilliant starts, so that's something we can look at."
"It was an important learning weekend for the team and for the future, to make sure we put everything together for the end of the season."
TEXT - Junaid Samodien