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Andreas Bakkerud winning the Euro RX 1 title in Belgium

Andreas Bakkerud: 2021 FIA Euro RX1 Champion

Oct 112021

The ultimate birthday present? Maybe. But it’s important to mention that this wasn’t handed to Andreas Bakkerud, it was a hard fought title, which he claimed in his now trademark speed and sideways style.

On the 10th October, Andreas won the RX1 category at the Benelux World RX of Spa-Francorchamps and with it was crowned the 2021 FIA EuroRX 1 Rallycross Champion. Bakkerud and rival Fabien Pailler waged a fierce duel for supremacy all season-long, and the pair entered the final round in Belgium separated by just a single point in the Norwegian’s favour.

“It feels f***ing great, you know!”, said Andreads immediately after the race. “We had to dig deep for this one. My main title rival Fabian (Pailler) pushed all the way to the line. It wasn't easy turning 30 years old and battling for a championship title - as well as handling all the usual race pressure - all on the same day, but now it’s done it is amazing. Finally! This has been a long time coming since my last win in Canada 2019. 


“I owe ESmotorsport a big ‘thank you’ for giving me the opportunity to compete in Euro RX1 this year – it really didn’t look like that would be happening before the start of the season. Everybody in the team has done such a great job. I’m very proud of them all, and there’s more to come. I needed this one; not just for myself, but for all my supporters and sponsors too!”

Huge congrats Andreas!