European Rallycross Championship event winner Timur Timerzyanov will start the 2012 season as the clear number one driver at Kenneth Hansen Motorsport. The crack Swedish team will again field two cars in the ERC, its second entry a C4 Supercar for 19-year-old Norwegian Alexander Hvaal.
The 2010 Super1600 champion, Timerzyanov had a strong debut season in Supercars with KHM last year, taking his first event win in Belgium and challenging strongly for the title before ending the season in third place. During the year, however, Timerzyanov and team mate Liam Doran clashed on the track, a situation that highlighted the difficulty of running two potential champions within the same team and, by the end of the year, it was fairly obvious that only one of the two drivers would remain at KHM in 2012.
With his 2012 team mate younger, less experienced and installed in the older car, Timerzyanov is clearly the team leader now. The Russian has already tested KHM’s DS3 and has high hopes for the coming year. “The DS3 is totally different from the C4; because it has a transverse engine there is more weight at the front and I feel very comfortable in the car, I feel that it suits my driving style very well. After all my years as a top-level sportsman I know how difficult it is to win even if everything looks right on paper, but I believe in the KHM team and if we can continue to have a high level we can go far,” said Timerzyanov.
Hvaal drove in three ERC events last year, using a Ford Fiesta VI Supercar to contest the Norwegian, Swedish and Czech rounds of the championship, the latter coming to a premature end with a big crash. Although he did not score points in any of the events he displayed good speed and car control. In 2010, Hvaal placed fourth in the Super1600 class of the Norwegian Rallycross Championship. Having driven in only four of the five rounds, he placed third twice, fourth in round three and won the final. Hvaal also started his Citroën Saxo KitCar in two ERC events in 2010, earning C final points in Sweden and placing fourth in the Czech Republic.
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