Friday 16 August 2019

The Hansen brothers head Stateside for Nitro Rallycross.

PHOTO CREDIT: Red Bull Content Pool. 
Team Hansen MJP returns to Utah Motorsports Campus in the United States for the 2019 Nitro World Games with a two-car line-up. 

In 2018, Timmy Hansen claimed victory in the inaugural Nitro Rallycross event, and if the opening event was anything to go by, the 2019 Nitro Rallycross should be a nail-biting thriller.

Nitro World Games sees the best athletes in the world from a variety of extreme sports going head to head in events designed to test skill and raise the bar when it comes to entertainment.

The aim and intention of Nitro Rallycross is to ‘turn the sport of rallycross on its head’ by creating a track that gives drivers control of the race, has multiple racing lines, and some of the biggest jumps and the big banked turns saw on a rallycross track.

Kevin Hansen will join his older brother Timmy in their Peugeot 208 WRX Supercars to take on the best that American rallycross has to offer, on a track that features the biggest man-made jump in rallycross history.

The Hansen brothers will be lining up alongside freestyle motocross legend and event founder, Travis Pastrana, Scott Speed, Ken Block, Patrick Sandell, Chris Atkinson, Steve Arpin and Tanner Foust.

PHOTO CREDIT: Red Bull Content Pool.
“Last year we proved that race cars could fly, and this year we have redesigned the track to be even crazier,” Travis Pastrana said.

The 2019 version of the Nitro Rallycross track retains the key characteristics of 2018, offering multiple racing lines to promote creative overtaking and strategy on a unique figure of eight layout.

It’s simultaneously the most thrilling and scariest rallycross track in the world. With huge banked turns, drivers will carry more speed into corners and have more overtaking options available to them than ever before.

"This track is simply out of this world! It’s changed a lot since last year and it’s nearly all gravel, with some big jumps," said Timmy Hansen. "But honestly, words can’t really describe what the circuit is like: it’s just something that you have to see and experience for yourself."

"The whole atmosphere around Nitro is incredible: there’s a real buzz to it, typical of American motorsport."

Timmy Hansen is not too focused on the minor details that come with Nitro Rallycross, he has one aim in mind and that is to drive as fast as possible.

"You can’t really plan for this event and we’re racing to a slightly different format, so I’m not going to worry about the details – instead I’m just going to be driving as fast as possible!" he concludes.

Younger brother Kevin Hansen watched his brother race to victory in 2018 and is looking forward to competing in 2019. 

"I’ve been here to look before but not to drive, so I’m really looking forward to it," he said. "I think it’s going to be incredible: we start the weekend with jump practice – as we have to work out how best to tackle all the jumps, which you don’t see anywhere else in the world. Of course they call it ‘practice’ but you really don’t want to get it wrong, so you need to push hard from the very start!"

Kevin sees a benefit in having a two-car team at the Nitro Rallycross event: "The fact that we have two cars this year is also going to help, as we should be able to learn from each other."

The Nitro Rallycross action gets underway tomorrow [Saturday] with the qualifying heats at 9pm CET and the final at 1am CET [Saturday/Sunday evening]. Coverage will be streaming LIVE on the Nitro World Games Youtube and Facebook channels.

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