Extreme E JXBE Racing has announced today that rallycross driver Kevin Hansen will drive for the team in the upcoming Extreme E Ocean X-Prix at Senegal. Button will take the role of team principal.
Hansen had driven in the series back in 2019 when he joined the Drivers’ program, testing alongside his teammate Mikaela Ahlin-Kottulinsky, one of the first to drive the Odyssey 21.
“I’m delighted to announce that an opportunity has arisen for Kevin Hansen to compete for JBXE in Senegal,” Jenson Button, founder of JXBE, said. “I’m obviously wearing two hats with JBXE as both a driver, but also a team owner, and it’s the latter which means having the opportunity to put Kevin in the car for this race was one I didn’t want to pass up.
“Brother of course to Timmy Hansen and son to Rallycross legend, Kenneth Hansen, Kevin has a fantastic pedigree and has already achieved so much in the world of rallycross at such a young age. He’s an exciting driver and I can’t wait to see him representing JBXE in Senegal and I look forward to being back behind the wheel in Greenland.”
Kevin Hansen, driver for JBXE, said: “I’m really excited to join Formula 1 World Champion Jenson Button and his JBXE team for the Extreme E X-Prix – it’s a huge opportunity.
“I’ve been so involved in the series and developing the car since the beginning, from the early testing programme right to Aragon last year, so to get this opportunity now with Jenson is so nice and I’m super excited to get to Senegal and see what I can do.
“I’m so happy to be joining Mikaela also. I hope together we can be strong as I believe she is one of the strongest drivers in the championship and I’ve known her for a very long time. She’s very talented so this is a huge opportunity for us to be working together, and we have so much history in sharing the car together so it is going to be nice to be with her in this event, and I think we can do a good job together.”