Andreas and Jessica Bäckman have formally announced today a deal that will see them compete in the 2019 TCR Europe Touring Car Series for Team Target Competition.
The two siblings made their touring car debuts this year, driving in both the TCR UK Series and the TCR Scandinavia Series for WestCoast Racing in two of their Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR’s. Whilst Andreas took his first overall win in TCR UK at Croft, Jessica secured her first podium earlier in the season at Brands Hatch.
The Bäckmans will drive two of the Team Target Competition Hyundai i30 N TCR cars, which they competed against during the finale of the 2018 TCR Europe Touring Car Series at Barcelona in Spain. Both drivers are the first confirmed entries for next year, with the series calendar only released last week.
“When I started the 2018 season, I never thought that one year later I would be
about to compete in one of the best teams, against Europe’s best racing drivers,” explained Jessica Bäckman
“It will be so exciting to start a new season and develop even more as a driver.”
“The results from recent years show that they are a team to count on for the
upcoming season,” said Andreas Bäckman.
“My efforts during the 2018 season exceeded my expectations for
my first year in racing, so it will be very exciting to see what the next season has to
Whilst the Bäckmans are entering their second year of Touring Car racing, they bring previous experience from a Karting background and also time in Rallycross competition as well.
Aligned with the Italian tintop team who have previously won drivers titles in both the 2015 TCR International Series and 2016 ADAC TCR Germany as well as the Teams Title in the 2015 TCR International Series and the 2017 TCR Europe Series, the siblings will be ones to watch when the new season gets underway in Hungary on 27 – 28th April on the same weekend as the FIA World Touring Car Cup (WTCR).