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Six Reasons to Hate the RX Cartel

Apr 292019

The RX Cartel are here to shake things up. Beaten, bruised, but with a podium in their pocket after the first round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship; Liam Doran and Andreas Bakkerud stand out above all the teams that look like they are going through the motions in World RX this year.

Although both the Monster Energy RX Cartel drivers are by no means new to the sport, the team and their ethos are an easy pick for the haters. So we figured we’d go one better and give you ten reasons why you should hate (love?) the team that is doing its very best to change the game this season…


Love them or hate them, the RX Cartel aren’t following in anyone’s wheel-tracks. In a motorsport landscape of look-alikes the RX Cartel is a fresh take on what a weekend’s racing looks like. Make no mistake, on track it’s all about the hitting the apexes and nailing the lap-times, but out of the car, both Liam and Andreas are pushing the limits of what is possible. Even if that means upsetting a few people along the way.


From the carbon and colour mashup liveries on their 600bhp Audi S1s, to the sharp suits; the Monster Energy RX Cartel aren’t sorry for their style or speed. Both drivers have a point to prove, and have the hardware to match. Andreas Bakkerud is on the hunt for the championship title that has yet eluded him. Five podiums and third in the championship was Bakkerud’s wrap sheet for 2018, and he’s going to settle for nothing short of wins this season. For Liam the stakes are arguably just as high. Back in a full time drive, the multiple X-Games, and European Championship race winner showed just how much he wanted the win in Abu Dhabi, charging from last to the podium in six laps.


This is the RX Cartel. The RX Cartel gets the online game.

It enjoys the ‘Gram and doesn’t get butthurt.

Be like the RX Cartel. Follow


The RX Cartel fans are life; and if you’re reading this; it probably means you are a fan too. Without the packed out grandstands, the hustle of crowds in the paddock, or viewers online, it would be a like telling jokes to an empty room. Without asking, fans of the team even started a crowd funding effort after Andreas’ accident in Abu Dhabi. To pay the fans back, theres a big delivery of merch, free swag, and shredded tyres heading your way this year…




Call it fashionably late; but the RX Cartel burst on to the scene just a couple of weeks before the 2019 FIA World Rallycross Championship season dropped its first flag in Abu Dhabi. What’s more from kidnap dream sequences in Abu Dhabi to Chinos and money guns in Barcelona; structure and predictability are the antithesis of what the RX Cartel stand for.


Rallycross is more than just a weekend spent at the track for the RX Cartel; it’s a way of life. Both Andreas and Liam have basically grown up at the wheel of competition cars. Whether it’s racing clubman class cars at Lydden Hill or Karting in the Norwegian championships, the combined lifetime of experience of both RX Cartel drivers means they are laying it all on the line to just be on the start line in World RX. Make no mistake about it the Monster Energy RX Cartel lives, breathes, and is Rallycross.