Kevin Hansen Wins Inaugural FIA World Rallycross of Abu Dhabi

Yas Marina Circuit saw Kevin Hansen win the inaugural World Rallycross of Abu Dhabi 2019, wrapping up a spectacular weekend of world-class motorsport and off-track entertainment.

Kevin Hansen recorded a maiden World RX victory in Abu Dhabi – in a dramatic

opening round of the 2019 FIA World Rallycross Championship.

In a weekend largely dominated by the Team Hansen MJP Peugot 208s – for a

variety of reasons – Kevin took the honours after original race victor Niclas

Gronholm was handed a three-second penalty for a coming together with Hansen in

his GRX Taneco Hyundai i20. Liam Doran in the Monster Energy RX Cartel Audi S1

claimed his first podium by taking third.

A resounding success, the first ever World Rallycross event in the Middle East

was a world-class, three-day urban festival of motorsport, A-list musical

artists and fun activations.

The racing schedule included four FIA World Rallycross Qualifying Rounds,

followed by the all-action Semi Finals and Final on Saturday evening.

Also on track, the Emirates Drift Invitational Cup support races wowed crowds

with a knock-out format, tyre-screeching competition across both Friday and


Away from the track, the weekend’s entertainment was led by U.S. rap trio Migos

playing the After-Race Concert at du Arena, while the FanZone saw a host of

international and local music artists playing.

Al Tareq Al Ameri, CEO of Yas Marina Circuit, said: “The Final was a fantastic

way to finish what has been an incredible weekend and we are delighted to have

opened the World Rallycross 2019 season in Abu Dhabi,

“Once again, we have proved that Yas Marina Circuit is a world-class venue

capable of hosting globally resonant events. We would like to offer our

congratulations to all the drivers and teams that participated, as well as our

thanks to our valued partners whose support made this weekend possible.”

Torben Olsen, the Managing Director of the FIA World Rallycross Championship for

IMG, the series promoter, added: “Yas Marina Circuit was a spectacular venue to

stage our first-ever World RX round under lights. The on-track action also

illustrated that we can expect extremely close racing for the remainder of the

2019 season.”

/Public Release.