Thursday 7th of March 2019

Details about the FIA World Rallycross Championship’s newest team, Monster Energy RX Cartel are being kept well under wraps.

Since the official 2019 permanent entry list emerged yesterday and had Britain’s Liam Doran and Norway’s Andreas Bakkerud listed in Audi S1s, the RX rumour mill has gone into overdrive. Not much is known about the team, but Bakkerud has revealed on his Instagram that the cars will be run by EKS. More will be revealed about the team ahead of the first round in Abu Dhabi (April 5 – 6), but what we do know is how much of a force Doran and Bakkerud were when they last teamed up.

Driving for Doran’s LD Motorsports team in 2013, Bakkerud made his move from the FIA European Rallycross Championship for Super1600 to Euro RX Supercar to race a Citroen DS3. Doran won the second race of the season in Portugal, and then the fourth round in Norway, before Bakkerud took an incredible first win at Holjes after a fight with Sweden’s Timmy Hansen and Mattias Ekstrom and threw his racing shoes into the crowd in celebration. The team won the next round too, again with Bakkerud after he passed Norway’s Petter Solberg in the final at Loheac in France.

“It’s great to be back in World RX again. Liam and I raced together in 2013 with great success being the most winning team that year without winning any titles, so we have unfinished business together,” said Bakkerud. “It’s exciting to see a pretty good line-up and I think it will be a year with a lot of fights in the top.”

As the team with the most wins in the season, both drivers finished on the podium in the final round in Germany. Bakkerud was fourth in the Drivers’ points and Doran was fifth. For the next season, Doran continued with his own team in the first ever FIA World Rallycross Championship and Bakkkerud moved to Olsbergs MSE. 

“I’m stoked to be back racing a full season of World RX with Monster and Andreas. It was great to get in some racing last season, but it will be good to be back out there full time,” said Doran. “While I’m sure I have my work cut out for me I’m confident we can get some good results.”

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