FIA World Rallycross

Bakkerud endures difficult weekend in Hell

1 Mins read
Andreas Bakkerud. Credit: Fro Hagena / Audi Sport

Andreas Bakkerud was the only driver in the FIA World Rallycross Championship to have the honour of taking the very first clean sweep back at the 2016 World RX of Norway.

However the 2018 edition was a little more difficult for the local hero. After the first two Qualifying sessions in Saturday, the EKS Audi Sport driver was in seventh place in the overnight standings.

Bakkerud fought hard on home turf to take another podium but fell short. Credit: Fro Hagena / Audi Sport

With PSRX Volkswagen Sweden dominating the event through Johan Kristoffersson and Team Peugeot Total upping the pace in each round of Qualifying, Bakkerud was fully aware that he had a tough job on his hands.

“My home round at Hell was really tough, it was very close at the sharp end of the field,” explained Bakkerud.

“On day one, I didn’t keep pace. On Sunday, things got better. In the Semi-Final I started third and managed to get into second place.”

With the competition close in Norway, Bakkerud upped his game on Sunday to get to the Semi-Finals. Credit: Fro Hagena / Audi Sport

After working on car setup, Bakkerud found more pace in the car and would go on to finish in fifth place in Q3, following up that performance in Q4 by going third fastest.

This performance moved the Norwegian up to fifth place overall after the end of Qualifying and put him in Semi-Final One with the two PSRX Volkswagen Sweden drivers of Petter Solberg and Kristoffersson.

Bakkerud is looking forward to the next round of World RX in Sweden. Credit: Fro Hagena / Audi Sport

Bakkerud would split the Volkswagen drivers in the end, however the Supercar Final was a less impressive outing. Contact with Timmy Hansen into the first corner ended the Norwegian driver’s hopes of a podium in the fifth round of the 2018 FIA World Rallycross Championship.

“In the final, I was simply unfortunate: Timmy Hansen spun in front of me and I had to wait until he had restarted his engine and I came sixth.”

892 posts

About author
I have been a very passionate fan of Motorsport for over 30 years with Touring Cars as my favourite form of Motor Racing. I cover The TCR UK Series, The TCR Europe Series and The FIA World Touring Car Cup (WTCR) as well as following various TCR Series around the world.
Related posts
FIA World Rallycross

PREVIEW: 2024 FIA World Rallycross Championship - Nyirád, Hungary

3 Mins read
For the first time, the FIA World Rallycross Championship is heading to Hungary as the “Battle of Technologies” takes place in the legendary “Red Cauldron.”
FIA World Rallycross

Kristoffersson Does The Double In Höljes

4 Mins read
Johan Kristoffersson has laid down the gauntlet, leaving the first weekend of the 2024 World Rallycross Championship with a 22 point lead.
FIA World Rallycross

PREVIEW: 2024 FIA World Rallycross Championship - Höljes, Sweden

4 Mins read
The 2024 FIA World Rallycross Championship “Battle of Technologies” is ready to get underway at the Magic Weekend in Höljes.