KEVIN HANSEN SCOOPS FIA 2016 ROOKIE OF THE YEAR AWARD!
Eighteen-old Kevin Hansen’s brilliant win in the 2016 European Rallycross Championship driving a PEUGEOT 208 WRX with the Peugeot Hansen Academy has earned him the Rookie of the Year 2016 award which is voted by the Drivers’ Commission of the FIA (Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile).
Only seven months ago, Kevin Hansen didn’t even have a driver’s licence, yet that didn’t prevent him from celebrating his first season in a rallycross supercar by claiming the 2016 European title. The Swedish youngster showed formidable form in his Peugeot Hansen Academy-run PEUGEOT 208 WRX as he scored four victories and one second place in the five-round series to sew up the title chase in Barcelona, Spain, with one round remaining. He is the sport’s youngest ever European champion.
Kevin also contested several rounds of the 2016 World Rallycross Championship which saw him take on the discipline’s elite to come close to a podium finish on several occasions in his PEUGEOT 208 WRX. “Kevin progressed to a new level this season, ” notes Peugeot Sport Director Bruno Famin. “Not only did his maturity help him to dominate this year’s European Rallycross Championship against far more experienced rivals but he also produced some top performances at world level, notably in the UK and Germany. He has put himself firmly on the map and we are proud to have provided him with a PEUGEOT 208 WRX to enable him show his worth in such assertive fashion.”
The young European Rallycross Championship is delighted to have won the award: “The FIA’s experts apparently saw what I did this season and put my name forward for the Rookie of the Year 2016 prize. It was fantastic when I found out I had been singled out as the winner! Following in the footsteps of someone like Max Verstappen, who has become one of Formula 1’s most promising stars, is very important to me and will help me for the next step in my career.”
“I am so thrilled that Kevin has won this award against drivers from Formula 1 and rallying, ” enthused Kevin's dad, a 14-time European Rallycross Champion. “It’s a big prize and we feel honored and proud. As his dad, accompanying him to the presentation was naturally an emotionally-charged occasion.”
Kevin's brother Timmy also expressed his happiness over his younger brothers accomplishment. “Kevin put in a truly impressive season and this award shows that what he has achieved was noticed by motorsport’s professionals. It’s totally deserved!”
The admiration goes beyond immediate family as nine time World Rally Champion, Sébastien Loeb, a member of the Team Peugeot Hansen World Rallycross Championship squad expresses his thoughts about the younger Hansen: “He’s so relaxed but he’s also very mature and perfectly capable of handling the stress. He stays calm between races, loves what he does and is already very fast. For sure, he’s got a bright future ahead of him.”
Kevin Hansen has had a stellar year and we here at RX360 congratulate him on his recently earned European Champion title and Rookie of the Year award. We are looking forward to watching this young man excel and grow within the world of rallycross.