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World RX Sweden: Ballistic Bakkerud does it again

Jul 042016

Three years ago Andreas Bakkerud screeched across the Höljes finish line to take his first ever Supercar victory in rallycross. It was his first repping the M-claw, his first in the then European Supercar championship, and marked a huge step forward in his race career. Hold that thought; and flash forward to present day.

With his foot to the floor, and handful of hydro, Andreas flicked his Hoonigan Racing Division Ford Focus RS RX sideways into the final corner at Höljes, once again boosting to a huge landmark win in Sweden. While plenty of podiums have gone the way of the 24-year-old Norwegian since then, his win at the 2016 World RX of Sweden draws some incredible parallels between his 2013 success.

This time round he beat the odds by leading nine time World Rally champion Sebastien Loeb in second, and Timmy Hansen in third, in the six lap main final. What’s more he did it off the back of a historic domination of World RX Norway, and using a car, which until six months ago, only existed on an engineer’s computer. Combined with his historic maximum score in Hell, Andreas now climbs up to third in the drivers’ standings, just 27 points behind fellow countryman and Monster Energy athlete Petter Solberg.

 

I’m so incredibly stoked to win this event – it hasn’t really sunk in to be honest. This is a massive result for everyone in the team,” Andreas told us. “If someone had told me three weeks ago that I would be sitting here having won Hell [Norway] and Höljes [Sweden] I would say they were joking.

 

“I had a really close battle with Sebastien in the semi-final. Inside my Ford Focus RSRX I have a pretty big rear view mirror, and it was full of nine-time rally champion for a lot of the race! I just kept calm and tried to push as much as possible. The final was very tough too, even for set up; it’s been wet-dry-wet-dry all weekend, so the finals were the first time we’ve had consistent conditions on track. I was a little slower than I wanted to be on reaction time at the start lights, so my spotter and I chose to joker early and then focus on chasing down Timmy and Sebastien. I remembered what happened between Timmy and Mattias Ekström last year at the final corner, so I defended to the maximum at the finish.

 

“I’ve said it before, but this really is a massive result for the team, they surprise me everytime with how calm and collected they are under pressure. Everyone has put in so much work, I’m so proud to be a part of this, and to be a part of Hoonigan Racing Division with Ken Block, Derek Dauncy, and all the team.”

 

Full result from the World RX of Sweden is available HERE!
 

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