TitansRX 2019 season review – Part 1

The inaugural TitansRX season featured a titanic battle for overall honours between three of rallycross‘ biggest stars. In the end it was Kevin Hansen who prevailed, beating brother Timmy Hansen and Topi Heikkinen in a title fight that went all the way down to the final race of the 12 round series.

In this, our first part of our season review, we look back at how the year panned out for our contenders.

 

Kevin Hansen

A worthy champion. Over the course of the season Kevin Hansen was the only driver to finish on the podium in all 12 races; a record which may never be beaten.

The youngster’s season began with back-to-back second place finishes at Circuit des Ducs in Essay, France before he took a maiden win at the site of the first-ever rallycross race – and the location of his first ever supercars win – Lydden Hill. He would follow that up with a win at the first race in Montalegre, Portugal, but it would then be five races before he would win again in round 10 in Hungary. However, all the while Hansen was racking up podium finishes, and it was that consistency which kept him at the top of the points table and firmly as the favourite to take the title.

Two wins in the final three races of the season ensured he not only took the crown, but he did that with a season-high four race wins.

Wins: 4 – Round 4, Lydden Hill; Round 5, Lydden Hill; Round 10, Nyirad; Round 12, Estering

 

Timmy Hansen

Timmy Hansen was another driver who finished the year with four wins, but a tricky start to the season meant that he was playing catch up from the off.

The hot weather in France meant that he struggled for pace at the semi-final stage of round one, but he more than made up for it by dominating round two, right the way from qualifying all the way to the final stage. Further wins would follow in Portugal, Austria, and Hungary, but two consecutive races without a podium finish at Estering in Germany in the final race weekend of the year mean that he missed out on the title by a mere 35 points.

Wins: 4 – Round 2, Essay; Round 6, Montalegre; Round 8, MJP Arena; Round 9, Nyirad

 

Topi Heikkinen

Topi Heikkinen began the season as an early title favourite, having been the first driver to commit to TitansRX and a driver that had carried out much of the testing of the Pantera RX6 racing car. He backed up that reputation by winning the first-ever TitansRX race in France, and claiming another win at Lydden Hill in round three.

Like Timmy Hansen though, he couldn’t quite match Kevin Hansen’s consistency over the course of the year, meaning that when it came to the points, he missed out on the title by a small margin. Not as small as the gap between second and third though – Heikkinen, a winner of three races in 2019, finished a solitary point adrift of Timmy Hansen in third.

Wins: 3 – Round 1, Essay; Round 3, Lydden Hill; Round 7, MJP Arena

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