Jenson Button will step apart as a driver for Excessive E’s second spherical in Senegal, with the Method 1 champion as an alternative focussing on his group proprietor function.
Kevin Hansen, son of Rallycross legend Kenneth Hansen, will drive the JBXE automotive alongside Mikaela Åhlin-Kottulinsky for the Ocean XPrix later this month.
Hansen is not any stranger to the collection having joined the drivers’ programme in 2019 and has been instrumental within the testing course of alongside Åhlin-Kottulinsky, and his brother, and Andretti United driver, Timmy Hansen.
Hansen has been a fixture within the FIA World Rallycross Championship for numerous years, securing occasion wins and a number of podiums for Group Peugeot-Hansen.
“I’m actually excited to hitch Method 1 World Champion Jenson Button and his JBXE group for the Excessive E X Prix – it’s an enormous alternative,” commented Hansen.
“I’ve been so concerned within the collection and creating the automotive for the reason that starting, from the early testing programme proper to Aragon final yr, so to get this chance now with Jenson is so good and I’m tremendous excited to get to Senegal and see what I can do.
“I’m so pleased to be becoming a member of Mikaela additionally. I hope collectively we might be sturdy as I imagine she is without doubt one of the strongest drivers within the championship and I’ve recognized her for a really very long time. She’s very gifted so it is a big alternative for us to be working collectively, and we have now a lot historical past in sharing the automotive collectively so it will be good to be along with her on this occasion, and I believe we are able to do a very good job collectively.”
Button added: “I’m delighted to announce that a possibility has arisen for Kevin Hansen to compete for JBXE in Senegal. I’m clearly sporting two hats with JBXE as each a driver, but in addition group proprietor, and it’s the latter which suggests having the chance to place Kevin within the automotive for this race was one I didn’t wish to go up.”
Button shall be again behind the wheel for the Arctic XPrix in Greenland in August: “I can’t wait to see him representing JBXE in Senegal and I look ahead to being again behind the wheel in Greenland.”