The Hansen brothers will take their #YellowSquad development programme to the next level in 2020, by entering their team into the RX2 International Series.
In February this year, Kevin and Timmy Hansen formed the #YellowSquad with the aim of discovering the next generation of rallycross stars. The RX2 project will be the second stage of their driver development programme.
The Hansen brothers formed a partnership with former RX driver Eric Färén and his Team Färén, who will oversee the operational element of the #YellowSquad team.
Team Färén has managed RX2 event winners in the past and will add the experience of Kevin and Timmy to present a complete package for young drivers to succeed and be prepared for their next steps towards World Rallycross.
"Part of what makes #YellowSquad so important to us is the fact we are investing so much towards getting young drivers into rallycross, which this expansion will allow us to do," said Team Principal Kevin Hansen. "Everyone in the Hansen family loves rallycross, so to be able to create a ladder for drivers to move up into RX2 and then Supercars – whether this is in World RX or Euro RX, or even Titans RX – makes us really proud."
"In my career I was lucky to grow up in a family that lives and breathes rallycross, and in my parents Kenneth and Susann, I had two great teachers! But not everyone has a multiple rallycross champion in the family, so I was keen to work with Kevin in finding and developing the next generation of rallycross talent ourselves, using all the lessons I have learned from my years in European and World RX," said Timmy Hansen, Head of Driver Development.
"There are so many elements that go into being a great rallycross driver beyond what happens in the driver’s seat, and I will be working with the #YellowSquad drivers as much away from the car as in it."
The #YellowSquad Team Manager Eric Färén believes that the Hansen brothers' expertise will help younger brothers in the RX2 series.
"Like Kevin and Timmy have said, their expertise is helping the drivers and that will be their focus, while I take care of the operations of the team. By focusing on the areas we are each best at, we have a better package for everyone next year," said Eric Färén. "RX2 for me is the best place for drivers to start: the cars are all the same and I would say 90% of the result is down to the driver, so it’s easy to see who the best driver is."
"RX2 cars are built so that you learn all you need to be good in a Supercar, so that’s why you need to have a good team, to understand the setup and to have a good car," he adds. "A lot of World RX drivers have come from RX2 and I feel like it’s the last step before a driver is ready for World RX, so it fits perfectly into #YellowSquad’s development ladder."
The final stage of #YellowSquad's 2020 expansion will be announced at a later date.
Written By - Junaid Samodien