Wednesday 6th of June 2018

At his home round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship in 2016, at Hell in Norway, Andreas Bakkerud scored a historic victory by winning all four qualifiers, the semi-final and final.

It was the first ‘clean sweep’ in World RX history, an achievement that is yet to be equalled. Racing for EKS Audi Sport in 2018, Bakkerud finished second at Speedmachine in Great Britain less than two weeks ago, the same result he achieved at Hell last season, and has moved up to third in the World RX Drivers’ Championship ahead of round five this weekend.

“I’m tremendously excited about the event. Hell is both my home round and one of my absolutely favourite tracks. Following my podium for EKS Audi Sport at Silverstone, I’m aiming for more – preferably a victory of course,” said Bakkerud. “I’m confident going into Norway, Sweden and the rest of the Championship on tracks I’m more familiar with, where I’ve done well before, so I really have a good feeling.”

Bakkerud’s team mate, 2016 World RX Drivers’ Champion Mattias Ekstrom finished on the podium at Hell in his Championship winning year, at the circuit where his EKS team made its World RX debut. “The race at Hell will always be a very special one for me because that’s where the EKS story began in 2014,” said Ekstrom. “The track is simply fantastic. My favourite corner is Turn 2, a downhill left-hander. That’s where you feel like the car is getting an extra power boost. The entrance to the Joker Lap is one of the best. There I go into a really great drift at high speed.”

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