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FIA World RX 2017 pre-season testing of the Focus RS RX
FIA World RX 2017 pre-season testing of the Focus RS RX

The lead up into the 2017 World Rallycross season has been a long one for both Ken Block and Andreas Bakkerud. While last year they started the season in an all-new car (the Ford Focus RS RX), they were unfortunately limited to just one single test prior to the start of the season and then had only one test later as the year went on. This meant that effectively they were testing publicly by racing, a tough thing to deal with during a development year with an all-new car. In spite of that and a few hiccups along the way, the team had a great season including Bakkerud finishing the championship 3rd overall.

This year has been a different story. The HRD duo have been hard at work with the team packing in multiple tests on two different continents in order to have both Focus RS RX rallycross cars as sorted as possible for Round One in Barcelona. They’ve tested in the wet, on dry tarmac, in gravel and have been focusd on their starts, all in the name of squeezing every last ounce of performance out of the cars as possible. Ford Performance, M-Sport and Hoonigan Racing Division have all been equally hard at work to improve the cars for the 2017 championship run. Both drivers feel very confident about their new and improved “offices” and will be gunning for the top spots in each race this year.

#Bakkerudlife, Andreas Bakkerud’S New Vlog

For fans of Hoonigan Racing Division’s Andreas Bakkerud, #13 now has a weekly video blog (vlog) that he’s making just for you, the fans. Documenting not just his racing life, but his time away from the track as well as travels, his other motorsport adventures and of course, his snacks (because he wouldn’t be “Snakkerud” without some snacking)! #Bakkerudlife gives fans the behind-the-scenes look at what it’s like to be not just Andreas Bakkerud, but also Ken Block’s teammate on Hoonigan Racing Division.

Be sure to subscribe to the channel to follow along as Bakkerud documents his entire 2017 season.

Andreas Bakkerud Finishes 2016 Fia World Rallycross Championship Season Third Overall In Debut Season Of Ford Focus Rsrx

Hoonigan Racing Division’s Andreas Bakkerud was honored last weekend in Vienna, Switzerland, during the 2016 FIA Awards Ceremony dinner. Bakkerud finished third overall in the 2016 World Rallycross Championship, securing the placement by winning the final round of the race calendar only a weekend earlier in Rosario, Argentina.

Hoonigan Racing Division’s Andreas Bakkerud was honored last weekend in Vienna, Switzerland, during the 2016 FIA Awards Ceremony dinner. Bakkerud finished third overall in the 2016 World Rallycross Championship, securing the placement by winning the final round of the race calendar only a weekend earlier in Rosario, Argentina.

The win in Argentina was crucial in Bakkerud’s fight to finish the season third overall. A continuous battle the entire season, he fought hard and drove well all season to enable himself to be in a position to finish the year strong.

Going into the race weekend, only 11 championship points were separating three different drivers fighting for 2nd and 3rd overall. The fight between Bakkerud, last year’s Champion Petter Solberg and Johan Kristoffersson was decided first in the Semi-Finals of Argentina when some bad luck ended Solberg’s chances of advancing to the Final, and then in the Final with Bakkerud finishing the race 1st and Kristofferson 2nd. This put Kristoffersson in 2nd overall for the Championship and Bakkerud tied in points for 3rd with Solberg. But, because Bakkerud won more races than Solberg (3 wins to 2) the tie went to Andreas and thus he took 3rd overall in the Championship.

The placement is impressive on its own, but more so when one considers that 2016 was just the debut season for the racecar that Bakkerud piloted to the podium of the championship: the Ford Focus RS RX—a vehicle that had only had one proper race track test prior to entering Round 1 this year. With three race wins and four other podiums, Bakkerud and his teammate/team boss, Ken Block, proved that the car was competitive right away.

“As his teammate and team boss, I couldn’t be happier for Andreas,” said Block. “What he was able to do with our brand new, barely tested racecar is unbelievably impressive. It’s a testament not only to his driving ability, but also to the engineering prowess that Ford Performance had when designing the Focus RS RX for us to go racing in this season. We were starting from a very challenging place this year, going against competition that had established programs, vehicles and track knowledge in this series. With the help of Ford Performance, M-Sport, my team and of course, Andreas, we were able to prove that we’re serious contenders in this Championship already and we’re only going to improve and get better as we continue. Andreas has made all of us at Hoonigan Racing Division extremely proud this season and I speak for all of us when I say we’re stoked that he was able to represent us so well in Switzerland when gathering his award. With a bit of luck, I’m hopeful that both of us will be there next December!”

Andreas Bakkerud Wins World Rx Argentina And Secures Third Overall In The 2016 Championship!

Hoonigan Racing Division’s Andreas Bakkerud finished the final round of the 2016 World Rallycross Championship with three trophies on the podium: a 1st place for winning the race, a Monster Energy Supercharge Award for being first to the first corner in the final and a 3rd place in the overall 2016 championship!
Hoonigan Racing Division’s Andreas Bakkerud finished the final round of the 2016 World Rallycross Championship with three trophies on the podium: a 1st place for winning the race, a Monster Energy Supercharge Award for being first to the first corner in the final and a 3rd place in the overall 2016 championship!
Hoonigan Racing Division’s Andreas Bakkerud finished the final round of the 2016 World Rallycross Championship with three trophies on the podium: a 1st place for winning the race, a Monster Energy Supercharge Award for being first to the first corner in the final and a 3rd place in the overall 2016 championship!
Hoonigan Racing Division’s Andreas Bakkerud finished the final round of the 2016 World Rallycross Championship with three trophies on the podium: a 1st place for winning the race, a Monster Energy Supercharge Award for being first to the first corner in the final and a 3rd place in the overall 2016 championship!
Hoonigan Racing Division’s Andreas Bakkerud finished the final round of the 2016 World Rallycross Championship with three trophies on the podium: a 1st place for winning the race, a Monster Energy Supercharge Award for being first to the first corner in the final and a 3rd place in the overall 2016 championship!
Hoonigan Racing Division’s Andreas Bakkerud finished the final round of the 2016 World Rallycross Championship with three trophies on the podium: a 1st place for winning the race, a Monster Energy Supercharge Award for being first to the first corner in the final and a 3rd place in the overall 2016 championship!
Hoonigan Racing Division’s Andreas Bakkerud finished the final round of the 2016 World Rallycross Championship with three trophies on the podium: a 1st place for winning the race, a Monster Energy Supercharge Award for being first to the first corner in the final and a 3rd place in the overall 2016 championship!
Hoonigan Racing Division’s Andreas Bakkerud finished the final round of the 2016 World Rallycross Championship with three trophies on the podium: a 1st place for winning the race, a Monster Energy Supercharge Award for being first to the first corner in the final and a 3rd place in the overall 2016 championship!

ROSARIO, ARGENTINA — Hoonigan Racing Division’s Andreas Bakkerud finished the final round of the 2016 World Rallycross Championship with three trophies on the podium: a 1st place for winning the race, a Monster Energy Supercharge Award for being first to the first corner in the final and a 3rd place in the overall 2016 championship!

The hyper-talented young Norwegian had a solid weekend in Argentina. He finished Q1 on Saturday sitting 4th overall, which set him up well for Q2. Q2 traditionally would have been immediately following Q1 on Saturday, but due to excessive rainstorms in Argentina on Saturday afternoon, Q2 racing was held on Sunday. Bakkerud didn’t let the slight change phase him however, moving up a notch after Q2 racing on Sunday morning into 3rd place overall. Q3 saw him hold that position and then he moved up a notch again after Q4 into 2nd overall.

That 2nd overall out of Q4 set Bakkerud up for P1 on the Grid for Semi-Final 2, which he won, which then set him up for P1 in the Final. Bakkerud got off the line first and straight into the first corner, nabbing the Monster Energy Supercharge award in the process—his first of the season. From there Bakkerud drove perfectly, leading the entire final and bringing home his third overall race win of the season.

“I’m beyond stoked with what Andreas achieved today here in Argentina,” said team boss and teammate Ken Block. “When we started this season with Andreas, we knew he could drive but we also knew it was a development year for us because we had a brand new racecar that had minimal testing. But Andreas has proven that this Ford Focus RS RX has a ton of potential by winning his third race this season with it and in doing so, he also secured third place overall in the 2016 championship! This is WAY beyond our expectations for this car at this point. As his boss, I’m ecstatic and as his teammate I’m equally stoked for him! It’s time to celebrate his accomplishments and then start getting ready to do this all over again in 2017.”

Bakkerud’s team boss and teammate, Ken Block, didn’t have the same fortune as Bakkerud in Argentina. While putting down quick times and winning his race in Q1, he finishing Saturday in 6th overall. Sunday morning he was 3rd fastest in practice, but he ended up being pushed wide in a turn during Q2 and forced into mud from the rains the day prior. While he got out of it eventually, the time that he lost cost him the remainder of the event, setting him up for bad Grid placements and slow Qualifying races.With the 2016 season now brought to a close, both Block and Bakkerud, as well as the entire Hoonigan Racing Division, turn their focus to getting ready for the 2017 FIA World Rallycross Championship, which kicks off March 31st, 2017 in Barcelona, Spain.

Andreas Bakkerud Takes Third In World Rx Germany Ii

Hoonigan Racing Division’s Andreas Bakkerud has managed to keep his hopes alive in the hunt for third-overall in the 2016 FIA World Rallycross Championship by finishing the final European round of the season at Estering in Germany in third place.
Hoonigan Racing Division’s Andreas Bakkerud has managed to keep his hopes alive in the hunt for third-overall in the 2016 FIA World Rallycross Championship by finishing the final European round of the season at Estering in Germany in third place.
Hoonigan Racing Division’s Andreas Bakkerud has managed to keep his hopes alive in the hunt for third-overall in the 2016 FIA World Rallycross Championship by finishing the final European round of the season at Estering in Germany in third place.
Hoonigan Racing Division’s Andreas Bakkerud has managed to keep his hopes alive in the hunt for third-overall in the 2016 FIA World Rallycross Championship by finishing the final European round of the season at Estering in Germany in third place.
Hoonigan Racing Division’s Andreas Bakkerud has managed to keep his hopes alive in the hunt for third-overall in the 2016 FIA World Rallycross Championship by finishing the final European round of the season at Estering in Germany in third place.
Hoonigan Racing Division’s Andreas Bakkerud has managed to keep his hopes alive in the hunt for third-overall in the 2016 FIA World Rallycross Championship by finishing the final European round of the season at Estering in Germany in third place.
Hoonigan Racing Division’s Andreas Bakkerud has managed to keep his hopes alive in the hunt for third-overall in the 2016 FIA World Rallycross Championship by finishing the final European round of the season at Estering in Germany in third place.
Hoonigan Racing Division’s Andreas Bakkerud has managed to keep his hopes alive in the hunt for third-overall in the 2016 FIA World Rallycross Championship by finishing the final European round of the season at Estering in Germany in third place.
Hoonigan Racing Division’s Andreas Bakkerud has managed to keep his hopes alive in the hunt for third-overall in the 2016 FIA World Rallycross Championship by finishing the final European round of the season at Estering in Germany in third place.
Hoonigan Racing Division’s Andreas Bakkerud has managed to keep his hopes alive in the hunt for third-overall in the 2016 FIA World Rallycross Championship by finishing the final European round of the season at Estering in Germany in third place.

BUXTEHUDE, GERMANY — Hoonigan Racing Division’s Andreas Bakkerud has managed to keep his hopes alive in the hunt for third-overall in the 2016 FIA World Rallycross Championship by finishing the final European round of the season at Estering in Germany in third place.

The young Norwegian had a strong weekend overall, being in the top five for pace throughout Saturday’s Q1 and Q2 racing sessions. Heading into Sunday’s Q3 session sitting 4th overall, Bakkerud was set up in a good position to advance onward. However, in Q4, Bakkerud suffered a broken a rear toe link on the first lap of the race, leaving him to drive with three normal wheels and one very unpredictable and broken passenger-side rear wheel. Despite the difficulty—including tapping a few barriers on his way around the circuit due to the mechanical issue—Bakkerud managed to win his Q4 race. Due to the issue however, his overall time suffered, dropping him into P7 heading into the Semi Finals.

For Bakkerud’s teammate and team boss, Ken Block, the weekend was a bit more challenging. Block won his Q1 race on Saturday, despite tricky and slippery conditions that persisted all day. This win initially placed him P7 in the field of 27 entries. However, a bad launch in Q2 cost him a few places and he finished Saturday sitting just within the top 12 at P12. Sunday saw Block hold onto that P12 overall position through his Q3 and Q4 races, placing him into Semi Final 2. However, due to contact with fellow Ford driver Janis Baumanis during the first lap, Block suffered a broken suspension and was forced to retire for the day.

Semi Final 1 saw Bakkerud navigate his way through a tricky group of 5 other drivers and nab a 3rd overall finish, advancing him to the last row of the Final. In the Final, Bakkerud had a great start and managed to weave himself up into P3 midway through turn 1—a notoriously difficult corner at Estering. Despite losing cosmetic pieces of his car and dealing with a leaking exhaust that filled his Ford Focus RS RX with smoke and fumes from lap 1 onward, the Norweigan managed to hold on to that 3rd overall standing all the way across the finish line.

“That was a pretty crazy Final for me,” said Bakkerud. “I managed to get myself from the back of the grid into third and hold on to it the entire race, but it was really, really hard because the car was filling with exhaust and smoke the entire time! I ran out of the car the second I crossed the finish line because I couldn't really breathe, but I wasn’t about to pull over and stop until then! I’m really happy with this finish and it means I’m still technically in the hunt for third overall in the championship. One more race to go in Argentina!”

For both Hoonigan Racing Division drivers there’s one round left in the 2016 FIA World Rallycross Championship, November 26th and 27th in Argentina. Be sure to tune in and see if Bakkerud is able to secure third overall in the 2016 season.

Andreas Bakkerud Finishes World Rx France In Second Overall, Extends Podium Streak To Four-In-A-Row

LOHEAC, FRANCE — Hoonigan Racing Division’s Andreas Bakkerud has now extended his on-podium World Rallycross Championship streak to four events in a row by finishing Round 8 in France second overall. Bakkerud’s team boss/teammate, Ken Block, also had his best World RX weekend to-date up until the final, featuring a series of incredible battles on-track with former WRC Champion Sebastian Loeb.

Both drivers did well during their respective Q1 and Q2 races on Saturday in Loheac, laying down fast times and netting excellent positions heading into Sunday’s racing. Bakkerud finished Saturday sitting P2 and Block P5.

Sunday saw Block win his Q3 race, beating out two WRC Champions in the process (Sebastian Loeb and Petter Solberg). The combination of his Saturday results as well as his Q3 win put Block onto the front row of Semi Final 2, which he made his way out of and into the Final. Unfortunately for Block, his final was cut short on the last lap—as he was mid-fight for Hoonigan Racing Division’s potential first-ever double podium—due to clipping a barrier three corners from the finish.

“I’m obviously gutted that I wasn’t able to finish the final as strong as the rest of my weekend,” said Block. “I absolutely love this circuit and coming back here with experience from 2014 was a huge help for me. I feel like I’m finally finding my pace in the Ford Focus RS RX and I also had some great battles on-track against guys like Loeb and Petter. But, that’s racing. I also can’t be too down since my teammate Andreas [Bakkerud] nabbed second in the final and extended his podium streak to four events! It’s still a great weekend overall for us as a team.”

Block is right to be excited about teammate Andreas Bakkerud’s finish. Bakkerud had great pace and performances all weekend long in his Qualifying races and also won Semi Final 1, putting him on the front row of the Final in Loheac. The end result of the final was 2nd overall and it marked the young Norwegian’s fourth podium event in a row.

“This is the best feeling for me,” said Bakkerud. “This team has been giving me a fantastic car every race with the new Ford Focus RS RX and their support has been so important for me in this championship chase. To be able to come to France, have a great weekend of racing for not only myself, but Bossman [Ken Block] also? Incredible. And to end up on the podium again for my fourth event in a row! I’m thrilled with the result and can’t wait until Barcelona in two weeks so I can get back in the car.”

Both Bakkerud and Block now have a two week break before they arrive to Barcelona, Spain, for Round 9 of the FIA World Rallycross Championship.

Andreas Bakkerud Extends His World Rx Podium Streak To Three-In-A-Row At World Rx Canada - And Gains On Championship Leaders In 3rd Overall In Points Standings

ANDREAS BAKKERUD EXTENDS HIS WORLD RX PODIUM STREAK TO THREE-IN-A-ROW AT WORLD RX CANADA - AND GAINS ON CHAMPIONSHIP LEADERS IN 3rd OVERALL IN POINTS STANDINGS
ANDREAS BAKKERUD EXTENDS HIS WORLD RX PODIUM STREAK TO THREE-IN-A-ROW AT WORLD RX CANADA - AND GAINS ON CHAMPIONSHIP LEADERS IN 3rd OVERALL IN POINTS STANDINGS
ANDREAS BAKKERUD EXTENDS HIS WORLD RX PODIUM STREAK TO THREE-IN-A-ROW AT WORLD RX CANADA - AND GAINS ON CHAMPIONSHIP LEADERS IN 3rd OVERALL IN POINTS STANDINGS
ANDREAS BAKKERUD EXTENDS HIS WORLD RX PODIUM STREAK TO THREE-IN-A-ROW AT WORLD RX CANADA - AND GAINS ON CHAMPIONSHIP LEADERS IN 3rd OVERALL IN POINTS STANDINGS
ANDREAS BAKKERUD EXTENDS HIS WORLD RX PODIUM STREAK TO THREE-IN-A-ROW AT WORLD RX CANADA - AND GAINS ON CHAMPIONSHIP LEADERS IN 3rd OVERALL IN POINTS STANDINGS
ANDREAS BAKKERUD EXTENDS HIS WORLD RX PODIUM STREAK TO THREE-IN-A-ROW AT WORLD RX CANADA - AND GAINS ON CHAMPIONSHIP LEADERS IN 3rd OVERALL IN POINTS STANDINGS
ANDREAS BAKKERUD EXTENDS HIS WORLD RX PODIUM STREAK TO THREE-IN-A-ROW AT WORLD RX CANADA - AND GAINS ON CHAMPIONSHIP LEADERS IN 3rd OVERALL IN POINTS STANDINGS
ANDREAS BAKKERUD EXTENDS HIS WORLD RX PODIUM STREAK TO THREE-IN-A-ROW AT WORLD RX CANADA - AND GAINS ON CHAMPIONSHIP LEADERS IN 3rd OVERALL IN POINTS STANDINGS
ANDREAS BAKKERUD EXTENDS HIS WORLD RX PODIUM STREAK TO THREE-IN-A-ROW AT WORLD RX CANADA - AND GAINS ON CHAMPIONSHIP LEADERS IN 3rd OVERALL IN POINTS STANDINGS
ANDREAS BAKKERUD EXTENDS HIS WORLD RX PODIUM STREAK TO THREE-IN-A-ROW AT WORLD RX CANADA - AND GAINS ON CHAMPIONSHIP LEADERS IN 3rd OVERALL IN POINTS STANDINGS
ANDREAS BAKKERUD EXTENDS HIS WORLD RX PODIUM STREAK TO THREE-IN-A-ROW AT WORLD RX CANADA - AND GAINS ON CHAMPIONSHIP LEADERS IN 3rd OVERALL IN POINTS STANDINGS

TROIS RIVERS, CANADA, AUGUST 8, 2016 — Hoonigan Racing Division’s Andreas Bakkerud earned himself a podium for his third FIA World Rallycross in a row, finishing World RX Canada in 2nd place in his Ford Focus RS RX. This podium finish also improves Bakkerud’s gains on the championship leaders from his 3rd place position and makes the championship points race even more interesting.

Both Ken Block and Andreas Bakkerud had respectable outings during Saturdays Q1 and Q2 racing, with Block being 5th fastest overall in Q1 and Bakkerud being 3rd fastest overall. Moving into Q2, Block’s times—as well as those within his group—suffered, due to excessive dust from the dirt sections of the track, a problem that had gotten worse throughout Q2 as the track dried out. Bakkerud ran earlier in the Q2 races (and thus with less dust) and came away with 5th fastest overall. The results wrapping up Saturday’s racing had Bakkerud sitting 3rd overall and Blocks sitting 10th overall heading into Sunday.

Sunday saw both drivers back at it again as they fought for the coveted top 12 positioning to make it into the Semi Finals. Bakkerud had a solid Q3, where he finished 5th overall. Block had a scorching fast Q4, setting down the 3rd fastest lap of the weekend and winning his race, finishing Q4 in 2nd. Bakkerud demonstrated excellent race craft in his Q4 race, maneuvering from 5th place to 1st within the first few turns of lap 1. Unfortunately, he suffered a broken shift linkage on the last lap and fell two places, finishing his Q4 race 3rd and Q4 overall in 10th. Despite that issue though, both HRD drivers made it into the Semi Finals with Bakkerud sitting 6th overall and Block sitting 7th overall.

In Semi Final 1 Block was positioned on the outside of row 2 of the starting grid and got off the line with a quick start. Throughout his Semi, he held on to 3rd place until the last lap, where he suffered a broken steering arm after accidentally clipping the k-rail in a corner, having coming out of an extremely dusty section of track and in the blind. The accident left Block with a DNF and no advancement to the Final.

Bakkerud had a great Semi Final 2, getting off the line quickly and making his way up to 1st place by lap 3 of 6. He held onto that lead the rest of the Semi and earned himself P2 on the front row of the starting grid in the Final.

Right before the final, the skies opened up and a very short, but heavy, rain soaked the track, forcing all drivers to make a very quick decision of if they’d race on slicks or rain tires. Bakkerud chose rain tires, which ended up being the right choice. He was able to pull away from the pack very quickly and held on to first place up until lap 5 when he took the joker. He exited the joker just barely missing holding onto 1st and slipped into 2nd place overall, which is where he ended up finishing in the Final.

“This weekend was challenging for me,” said Bakkerud. “I never felt like I had 100% of the pace needed to get it done, so I’m very pleased with this result! I was able to put together a great Semi Final and then managed to come away with another podium in the Final. Our new Ford Focus RS RX continues to impress me during these races as does our team. I wouldn’t be standing on the podium again if it wasn't for those guys!”

Both Bakkerud and Block will race again the first weekend of September during Round 8 in France.

Bakkerud Contends For World Rx Championship By Winning Two Races Back-To-Back, Moves Into 3rd Overall After Sweden Win

Hoonigan Racing Division’s Andreas Bakkerud continued on his streak of making World Rallycross history by winning this past weekend’s event in Höljes, Sweden. The win marks the first-ever back-to-back win for the all-new Ford Focus RS RX rallycross car, as well as the first-ever back-to-back win in World RX for Hoonigan Racing Division.
Hoonigan Racing Division’s Andreas Bakkerud continued on his streak of making World Rallycross history by winning this past weekend’s event in Höljes, Sweden. The win marks the first-ever back-to-back win for the all-new Ford Focus RS RX rallycross car, as well as the first-ever back-to-back win in World RX for Hoonigan Racing Division.
Hoonigan Racing Division’s Andreas Bakkerud continued on his streak of making World Rallycross history by winning this past weekend’s event in Höljes, Sweden. The win marks the first-ever back-to-back win for the all-new Ford Focus RS RX rallycross car, as well as the first-ever back-to-back win in World RX for Hoonigan Racing Division.
Hoonigan Racing Division’s Andreas Bakkerud continued on his streak of making World Rallycross history by winning this past weekend’s event in Höljes, Sweden. The win marks the first-ever back-to-back win for the all-new Ford Focus RS RX rallycross car, as well as the first-ever back-to-back win in World RX for Hoonigan Racing Division.
Hoonigan Racing Division’s Andreas Bakkerud continued on his streak of making World Rallycross history by winning this past weekend’s event in Höljes, Sweden. The win marks the first-ever back-to-back win for the all-new Ford Focus RS RX rallycross car, as well as the first-ever back-to-back win in World RX for Hoonigan Racing Division.
Hoonigan Racing Division’s Andreas Bakkerud continued on his streak of making World Rallycross history by winning this past weekend’s event in Höljes, Sweden. The win marks the first-ever back-to-back win for the all-new Ford Focus RS RX rallycross car, as well as the first-ever back-to-back win in World RX for Hoonigan Racing Division.
Hoonigan Racing Division’s Andreas Bakkerud continued on his streak of making World Rallycross history by winning this past weekend’s event in Höljes, Sweden. The win marks the first-ever back-to-back win for the all-new Ford Focus RS RX rallycross car, as well as the first-ever back-to-back win in World RX for Hoonigan Racing Division.
Hoonigan Racing Division’s Andreas Bakkerud continued on his streak of making World Rallycross history by winning this past weekend’s event in Höljes, Sweden. The win marks the first-ever back-to-back win for the all-new Ford Focus RS RX rallycross car, as well as the first-ever back-to-back win in World RX for Hoonigan Racing Division.

HÖLJES, SWEDEN, JULY 4, 2016 — Hoonigan Racing Division’s Andreas Bakkerud continued on his streak of making World Rallycross history by winning this past weekend’s event in Höljes, Sweden. The win marks the first-ever back-to-back win for the all-new Ford Focus RS RX rallycross car, as well as the first-ever back-to-back win in World RX for Hoonigan Racing Division.

Both Bakkerud and teammate/team boss Ken Block had strong outings at the start of the event in open practice with Bakkerud placing 3rd fastest and Block 4th fastest. However during Saturday’s Qualifying 1 races, both drivers struggled a bit. While Block finished Q1 just inside of the top 12 sitting 11th, Bakkerud suffered two punctures and some mechanical damage, forcing a DNF result. However, in spite of the challenges, Bakkerud went out for Qualifying 2 and finished 2nd overall, placing him in P7 going into Sundays Q3 and Q4 races. Block suffered windshield visibility issues in his Q2 race and unfortunately dropped out of the top 12 heading into Sunday’s racing.

Sunday saw Bakkerud on top form for the “Magic Weekend” as it’s called in Höljes, Sweden. He finished Qualifying 3 in 2nd overall and then outright won all of Qualifying 4, placing him on Pole Position for Semi Final 2. Block attempted to recover from the setbacks of Saturday’s racing, but was unable to break back into the top 12 despite having a very solid Q4 showing (track conditions were once more a factor as Block’s race all ran on rain tires and as conditions improved thereafter, subsequent races ran on slicks making for a large time differential between the first Q4 race and the final Q4 race, pushing Block out of the top 12), narrowly missing out on the Semi Finals.

For Semi Final 2, Bakkerud led off of the line and held that lead for the entire Semi. This netted him a Pole Position for the Final. During the Final, Bakkerud was narrowly beaten off the line going into Turn 1, but drove a tidy and blisteringly fast race despite having 9 time WRC Champion Sebastien Loeb on this rear bumper the entire way. He managed to take the overall lead by jokering on the last lap, squeezing past Timmy Hansen and nabbing the checkered flag in 1st overall in the final in front of 44,000 fans.

“I absolutely had an incredible event here in Höljes,” said Bakkerud. “I love this track, I love the fans, I love my Baby Blue supporters, my Hoonigan Racing Division team and especially this Ford Focus RS RX! It’s a dream to be able to win three weeks ago at my home event in Norway and then extend that streak her in Sweden, which feels like a second home to me. It’s incredible!”

The win in Sweden marks the 4th-ever podium in Höljes for Bakkerud and his 2nd-ever outright win at the track. The points he earned also moved him into 3rd place overall in the drivers championship with a 110 total points (Ekström sits first with 142, Solberg second with 137).

“I’m beyond proud of Andreas and his driving here this weekend,” said teammate and team boss Ken Block. “We brought Andreas onto this team this year for a number of reasons, but one of the biggest ones was because we knew he could drive like this. To have him bring home back-to-back wins with this brand-new racecar that we’re still developing is a testament to how skilled he is behind the wheel. And to move up into 3rd overall in the driver championship points with half of the season to go is a huge accomplishment. I wish I could have had a similar weekend myself, I had the speed, I just needed a bit more luck. But, that’s racing.”

Both Bakkerud and Block next compete in Round 7 of the FIA World Rallycross Championship in Canada, August 6th and 7th.

Bakkerud Wins Norway World Rx And Sets Records In First-Ever Win For The All New Ford Focus Rs Rx

BAKKERUD WINS NORWAY WORLD RX AND SETS RECORDS IN FIRST-EVER WIN FOR THE ALL NEW FORD FOCUS RS RX
BAKKERUD WINS NORWAY WORLD RX AND SETS RECORDS IN FIRST-EVER WIN FOR THE ALL NEW FORD FOCUS RS RX
BAKKERUD WINS NORWAY WORLD RX AND SETS RECORDS IN FIRST-EVER WIN FOR THE ALL NEW FORD FOCUS RS RX
BAKKERUD WINS NORWAY WORLD RX AND SETS RECORDS IN FIRST-EVER WIN FOR THE ALL NEW FORD FOCUS RS RX
BAKKERUD WINS NORWAY WORLD RX AND SETS RECORDS IN FIRST-EVER WIN FOR THE ALL NEW FORD FOCUS RS RX
BAKKERUD WINS NORWAY WORLD RX AND SETS RECORDS IN FIRST-EVER WIN FOR THE ALL NEW FORD FOCUS RS RX
BAKKERUD WINS NORWAY WORLD RX AND SETS RECORDS IN FIRST-EVER WIN FOR THE ALL NEW FORD FOCUS RS RX
BAKKERUD WINS NORWAY WORLD RX AND SETS RECORDS IN FIRST-EVER WIN FOR THE ALL NEW FORD FOCUS RS RX
BAKKERUD WINS NORWAY WORLD RX AND SETS RECORDS IN FIRST-EVER WIN FOR THE ALL NEW FORD FOCUS RS RX
BAKKERUD WINS NORWAY WORLD RX AND SETS RECORDS IN FIRST-EVER WIN FOR THE ALL NEW FORD FOCUS RS RX
BAKKERUD WINS NORWAY WORLD RX AND SETS RECORDS IN FIRST-EVER WIN FOR THE ALL NEW FORD FOCUS RS RX
BAKKERUD WINS NORWAY WORLD RX AND SETS RECORDS IN FIRST-EVER WIN FOR THE ALL NEW FORD FOCUS RS RX
BAKKERUD WINS NORWAY WORLD RX AND SETS RECORDS IN FIRST-EVER WIN FOR THE ALL NEW FORD FOCUS RS RX
BAKKERUD WINS NORWAY WORLD RX AND SETS RECORDS IN FIRST-EVER WIN FOR THE ALL NEW FORD FOCUS RS RX

HELL, NORWAY, JUNE 12, 2016 — Hoonigan Racing Division’s Andreas Bakkerud made rallycross history today in Hell, Norway, during Round Five of the 2016 FIA World Rallycross Championship by dominating the entire event and bringing home a 1st overall finish.

Bakkerud set numerous records on his outright domination this weekend by winning all four of his Qualifier races (no driver had ever won all four in a weekend previously) and then going on to storm to the top in both his Semi Final and the Final. The overall win was the first-ever for the all-new Ford Focus RS RX rallycross car (a racecar that’s still in its first year of competition and development), the first-ever in World RX for Hoonigan Racing Division and the first-ever win at the Norway round of the World Championship by a Norwegian.

“I’m thrilled with how the weekend went for myself,” said Bakkerud. “I really wanted to win last round at Lydden, I felt like I had the pace, but my car had a mechanical issue in the final. This weekend the car ran pretty much perfectly the entire weekend. It felt great, I had good pace and was able to bring home the first-ever win for our new Focus RS RX car. That’s something I’m really proud of! A big thanks to my team, Ford Performance and M-Sport for building us an amazingly capable car, Ken Block for giving me this incredible opportunity and of course to my fans and supporters here in Norway. This win was for all of you!”

While Bakkerud had an all-dominating weekend on the track, his teammate and team boss, Ken Block, had mixed results. He ended up with a pair of 2nd place finishes in his Q1 and Q2 races on Saturday, which left him going into Sunday’s racing sitting within the last slot of the top 12. Unfortunately Block was hampered by a mechanical issue in Qualifier in Q3 and fell two spots, he then suffered a different mechanical failure because of light contact during the first corner of Q4, which put an end to his run at making it into the Semi Finals.

“While my weekend was frustrating, I'm super stoked for Andreas and this team right now,” said Block. “Andreas has a lot of talent and the fact that he was able to put this car—which we’re still developing and have had barely any testing—at the very top of the podium amongst such fierce competition at a very challenging track, well, I’m beyond stoked for him and the team. He did an incredible job and has proven that we’re working with a very potent new racecar. Hopefully my luck turns around for the next round in Sweden and can get back on the podium too!”

With Bakkerud’s win he moves into 5th overall in the driver championship point standings and is only 2 points away from 3rd place. Block and Bakkerud next compete in Round 6 of the World RX Championship, which takes place in Höljes, Sweden, on July 2nd and 3rd.

Bakkerud Puts Hoonigan Racing Division’S Ford Focus Rs Rx Into Third Final In Four Events

LYDDEN HILL, UNITED KINGDOM — A third of the way through the 2016 FIA World Rallycross Championship, the combined efforts of the HRD duo of Ken Block and Andreas Bakkerud have managed to place the all-new Ford Focus RS RX into a final three out of four rounds; an impressive feat for a brand-new racecar that’s still in development.

On Saturday, both Block and Bakkerud were fast in practice, with Block being second fastest in Practice 1, while Bakkerud was fastest overall in Practice for the day. During Qualifying 2 on Saturday, Bakkerud also managed to set the fastest lap of the day. Both drivers had a solid Saturday. Bakkerud finished the day 3rd overall and Block finished 10th overall, heading into Sunday’s racing in position to advance to the Semi Finals if things went well in Q3 and Q4.

Unfortunately things didn't go according to plan for Block. Block was jammed up in traffic during his Q3 race, which ended up hurting his positioning for making it into the Semi Finals. Bakkerud had similar issues in his Q3. However, both drivers had excellent Q4 races with Block taking 2nd in his and Bakkerud taking 1st in his. For Bakkerud it was good enough to advance to the Semi Finals and put him on Pole Position for Semi Final 2, unfortunately for Block, the slower Q3 race ended up contributing to keeping him just out of the Semi Finals.

In Semi Final 2, Bakkerud drove an excellent race, finishing 2nd and barely missing 1st. This set him up with Position 3 on the starting grid for the Final, which would have been an excellent place to be had he not suffered a mechanical issue off of the line, which kept him from being competitive for the remainder of the final.

“Overall I had a very good weekend,” said Bakkerud. “Sure I’m disappointed to have suffered a mechanical in the final, but I had a great weekend up until that point and had been driving well. The car felt great here at Lydden and was extremely competitive versus the rest of the field. I think we had made some very good improvements to the setup and I think the car overall surprised a lot of other teams here! But, I’m happy that I was able to make it to the final. It’s good proof of what this Focus RS RX is capable of and I think we’ll definitely be able to get it back onto the podium at one of the next races.”

Both Block and Bakkerud now have a weekend off before heading to Hell, Norway, for Round 5 of the FIA World Rallycross Championship. Hell is in Bakkerud’s home country of Norway and is the track where Block made his World RX debut back in 2014 (an event where he took 3rd overall). Be sure to tune in and see how the HRD duo performs in Hell.

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