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Sunday (Day Two) images from the 2016 World Rx of France

Bakkerud strikes again and podiums at World RX of France

Sep 042016

Andreas Bakkerud screamed further into the World RX history books this weekend, with a giant crushing performance, that saw him lock-down second place at the 40th anniversary edition of the World RX of France.

With a double win in Norway and Sweden behind him, as well as a second place podium at the last round in Canada; Bakkerud carried serious momentum with him rolling into the Lohéac weekender. Not only that, but the 24-year-old racer was determined to take the fight to his fellow countryman and Monster Energy athlete – Petter Solberg – as well as lead a Hoonigan Racing Division two car assault into the final.

Needless to say he delivered, in epic style.

After the all-important qualifying sessions, Bakkerud placed third, primed for an awesome fight to the flag in the finals; leading team-mate Block in fourth, and Solberg in fifth. While the semis were hard fought, they proved to be just a taster of the all-out rallycross combat that was set to take place in the grand final. A six-lap thriller of dust, dirt, and smashed carbon-fibre proved exactly why World RX owns the global motorsport stage.


Going bumper to bumper and door to door, Bakkerud threw down in a big way, managing to hold off a charging team mate – Ken Block – as well as reigning world champion - Petter Solberg. In fact had it not been for the smallest of forced errors by Block on the final lap; who had come under intense pressure from former European Champion Reinis Nitiss, both Hoonigan Racing Division Ford Focus RS-RX’s could have finished inside the top four. Unfortunately Block’s last-lap wall-tap forced him to retire from the race and accept sixth place. It was a tough finish for the Head Hoonigan in Charge, who had otherwise driven a textbook weekend at round eight of the FIA World Rallycross Championship; winning two of his qualification races, and looking every bit the match for the seasoned rallycross drivers he shared the track with.

Pushing through struggles in the heats, including a cracked manifold in Q1, a broken windscreen wiper system in Q3, and jump start in Q4 – meaning Petter had to take a double joker - the reigning champ still managed to push through to the finals. Despite missing out on the podium, Petter still managed to finish the weekend smiling and inch out his championship lead over Mattias Ekström to five points.

Full result from the 2016 FIA World RX of France are available here.