World RX

Andreas Bakkerud Brings Home Third Consecutive World Rx Podium During Sweden Rx, Fourth Podium Finish Of The Season

Hoonigan Racing Division’s Andreas Bakkerud took 2nd overall this past weekend at World RX Sweden, making it his third event in a row with a podium (having finished 2nd in Norway and 3rd in the UK), bringing his total podium finish tally to four for the season. The 2nd overall this weekend also marked the fifth year in a row that Bakkeurd has made the podium during the Sweden round, an impressive statistic given the depth of talent in the racing field.
Hoonigan Racing Division’s Andreas Bakkerud took 2nd overall this past weekend at World RX Sweden, making it his third event in a row with a podium (having finished 2nd in Norway and 3rd in the UK), bringing his total podium finish tally to four for the season. The 2nd overall this weekend also marked the fifth year in a row that Bakkeurd has made the podium during the Sweden round, an impressive statistic given the depth of talent in the racing field.
Hoonigan Racing Division’s Andreas Bakkerud took 2nd overall this past weekend at World RX Sweden, making it his third event in a row with a podium (having finished 2nd in Norway and 3rd in the UK), bringing his total podium finish tally to four for the season. The 2nd overall this weekend also marked the fifth year in a row that Bakkeurd has made the podium during the Sweden round, an impressive statistic given the depth of talent in the racing field.
Hoonigan Racing Division’s Andreas Bakkerud took 2nd overall this past weekend at World RX Sweden, making it his third event in a row with a podium (having finished 2nd in Norway and 3rd in the UK), bringing his total podium finish tally to four for the season. The 2nd overall this weekend also marked the fifth year in a row that Bakkeurd has made the podium during the Sweden round, an impressive statistic given the depth of talent in the racing field.

HÖLJES, SWEDEN: Hoonigan Racing Division’s Andreas Bakkerud took 2nd overall this past weekend at World RX Sweden, making it his third event in a row with a podium (having finished 2nd in Norway and 3rd in the UK), bringing his total podium finish tally to four for the season. The 2nd overall this weekend also marked the fifth year in a row that Bakkeurd has made the podium during the Sweden round, an impressive statistic given the depth of talent in the racing field.

The track in Sweden happens to be the favorite of the entire race calendar for both HRD drivers, and Bakkerud and Block proved that, putting down fast times both in practice as well as during their Qualifying Races. During Q2 on Saturday, Block held the record for the fastest race lap of the circuit - unfortunately he only held that record for roughly 10 minutes as a driver in the next race of that Qualifier beat him by a few tenths - proving that he and his Focus RS RX possessed the speed, although unfortunately not the luck, required to make it to the podium.

Both HRD drivers did well in their respective Qualifying Races, with both advancing into the Semi Finals (Bakkerud sitting 4th overall and Block sitting 9th overall). In the Semis, Block narrowly missed advancing to the Final with a 4th overall finish in Semi Final 1. Bakkeurd put down an absolutely blistering Semi Final 2, winning it and advancing to the front row of the starting grid in the Final in P2.

For the Final, Bakkerud was in 2nd overall the entirety of the race, deftly fighting off attacks from the rest of the field throughout all six laps.

“I’m really, really happy to be back on the podium here in Sweden again,” said Bakkerud. “To do so five times here is a major accomplishment, and I’m glad we were able to do it, especially since so many of my Bakkerud Blue fans made the trip to this race! A big thank you to the entire team for their effort this weekend, I’m glad we were able to bring home another trophy for the third round in a row. Hopefully we can keep this momentum going in Canada next month!”

With the 2nd overall finish, Bakkerud moves up in the overall Driver Championship points standings, sitting 5th overall just 1 point behind Sebastien Loeb with 5 events to go.

The next round of the 2017 FIA World Rallycross Championship takes place in Canada, August 5th and 6th.

Andreas Bakkerud Nabs Second Overall In World Rx Norway, His Third Podium Of The 2017 Championship, Plus The Monster Energy Super Charge Award

Hoonigan Racing Division’s Ken Block and Andreas Bakkerud return to Hell, Norway, for Round 6 of the 2017 World Rallycross Championship. Hell is where Block made his World RX debut in 2014 (an event which he took 3rd overall) and is Andreas’ home event (which he won last season with a full sweep).
Hoonigan Racing Division’s Ken Block and Andreas Bakkerud return to Hell, Norway, for Round 6 of the 2017 World Rallycross Championship. Hell is where Block made his World RX debut in 2014 (an event which he took 3rd overall) and is Andreas’ home event (which he won last season with a full sweep).
Hoonigan Racing Division’s Ken Block and Andreas Bakkerud return to Hell, Norway, for Round 6 of the 2017 World Rallycross Championship. Hell is where Block made his World RX debut in 2014 (an event which he took 3rd overall) and is Andreas’ home event (which he won last season with a full sweep).
Hoonigan Racing Division’s Ken Block and Andreas Bakkerud return to Hell, Norway, for Round 6 of the 2017 World Rallycross Championship. Hell is where Block made his World RX debut in 2014 (an event which he took 3rd overall) and is Andreas’ home event (which he won last season with a full sweep).
Hoonigan Racing Division’s Ken Block and Andreas Bakkerud return to Hell, Norway, for Round 6 of the 2017 World Rallycross Championship. Hell is where Block made his World RX debut in 2014 (an event which he took 3rd overall) and is Andreas’ home event (which he won last season with a full sweep).
Hoonigan Racing Division’s Ken Block and Andreas Bakkerud return to Hell, Norway, for Round 6 of the 2017 World Rallycross Championship. Hell is where Block made his World RX debut in 2014 (an event which he took 3rd overall) and is Andreas’ home event (which he won last season with a full sweep).

HELL, NORWAY: This past weekend saw Hoonigan Racing Division’s Ken Block and Andreas Bakkerud return to Hell, Norway, for Round 6 of the 2017 World Rallycross Championship. Hell is where Block made his World RX debut in 2014 (an event which he took 3rd overall) and is Andreas’ home event (which he won last season with a full sweep).

This year saw the duo return with their Ford Focus RS RX rallycross cars and demonstrate their fastest pace of the season thus far. Both drivers had a solid outing during Saturday’s Q1 and Q2 races with Bakkerud winning his Q2 race. The pair ended the day sitting 2nd (Bakkerud) and 10th (Block) overall heading into Sunday’s racing. 

Sunday saw Bakkerud win both his Q3 and Q4 races, with Block also having successful results. After four rounds of Qualifying races, the two found themselves sitting 1st overall (Bakkerud) and 6th overall (Block) heading into their respective Semi Finals, a best-ever result after the Qualifier races for Hoonigan Racing Division.

Bakkerud continued his hot streak for Sunday, winning his Semi Final and earning P1 on the starting grid of the Final. Block unfortunately narrowly missed making the Final, despite having an epic pass during the last lap of his Semi Final against Renis Nittis in a move up into 4th.

The Final saw Bakkerud first off the line (earning him the Monster Energy Super Charge award, a trophy given out to the driver with the fastest reaction time off of the starting line in the Final) and leading after Lap 1. However he lost the lead during Lap 2 and finished out the next five laps where he’d finish the event: 2nd overall.

“I’m really happy to be back on the podium here at home in Norway,” said Bakkerud. “It’s been a tough season for us so far and I’m very glad that I was able to find good pace with the car here at my home event. I was really hoping I’d be able to repeat my win from last year, but Johan [Kristoffersson] just barely got ahead of me with his second lap Joker and that was that. Overall I’m happy though, it’s always great to be on the podium in Norway with all of my Bakkerud Blue fans and I’m stoked for our team, the boys have put in a lot of work to help us be fast this weekend, we couldn’t have done it without them.”

The next round of action for both of the HRD drivers will be in Sweden in three weekends for Round 7 of the FIA World Rallycross Championship.

Andreas Bakkerud Earns Hoonigan Racing’S 2nd Podium Of The Year In Challenging World Rx Of England

HRD’s Ken Block and Andreas Bakkerud had their best race weekend of the 2017 World RX Championship to-date, during Round 5 at Lydden Hill in the U.K.
HRD’s Ken Block and Andreas Bakkerud had their best race weekend of the 2017 World RX Championship to-date, during Round 5 at Lydden Hill in the U.K.
HRD’s Ken Block and Andreas Bakkerud had their best race weekend of the 2017 World RX Championship to-date, during Round 5 at Lydden Hill in the U.K.
HRD’s Ken Block and Andreas Bakkerud had their best race weekend of the 2017 World RX Championship to-date, during Round 5 at Lydden Hill in the U.K.
HRD’s Ken Block and Andreas Bakkerud had their best race weekend of the 2017 World RX Championship to-date, during Round 5 at Lydden Hill in the U.K.
HRD’s Ken Block and Andreas Bakkerud had their best race weekend of the 2017 World RX Championship to-date, during Round 5 at Lydden Hill in the U.K.
HRD’s Ken Block and Andreas Bakkerud had their best race weekend of the 2017 World RX Championship to-date, during Round 5 at Lydden Hill in the U.K.
HRD’s Ken Block and Andreas Bakkerud had their best race weekend of the 2017 World RX Championship to-date, during Round 5 at Lydden Hill in the U.K.

LYDDEN HILL, UK: This past weekend, HRD’s Ken Block and Andreas Bakkerud had their best race weekend of the 2017 World RX Championship to-date, during Round 5 at Lydden Hill in the U.K.

Both drivers showed excellent pace throughout the course of the entire weekend, posting well in both practice on Saturday, as well as during their respective Q1 and Q2 races that day. Block in particular had an exciting Q2 race, mixing it up with 9-time WRC Champion Sebastien Loeb much to the delight of the crowd. At the end of Saturday, Bakkerud headed into Sunday’s racing sitting 4th overall and Block tied for 6th with Loeb.

Sunday’s racing saw both drivers still on the same quick pace, with both easily making it into the Semi-Finals. Unfortunately, both of the HRD drivers were in the same Semi, making the chances of both advancing slightly more difficult. In the end, Bakkerud nabbed 2nd in their Semi with Block narrowly missing out on 3rd. Despite missing the final, the result was Block’s best finish of the season, ending the event 7th overall.

Bakkerud then started in the Final on row 2, directly behind Pole and ran a blisteringly quick race, which he finished 3rd overall and earning himself his second podium of the season (Bakkerud had previously taken 3rd during Round 1 in Barcelona). With the results of the weekend, both HRD drivers now sit 6th (Bakkerud) and 7th (Block) overall in the Championship standings.

“I’m stoked that Andreas was able to land on the podium again,” said Block. “I’m disappointed that I wasn’t able to join him since I was having a pretty good weekend out here at Lydden in terms of my pace and speed, but that’s how it goes some weekends. We've struggled a bit to find the right setups this season so far and I think we’ve finally got things going in the right direction, as shown by the results here at Lydden. We’re both looking forward to Norway however, as it’s one of our favorite tracks of the season and I think it favors our cars more than some of the other tracks.”

The next round of action sees the HRD drivers heading to Hell, Norway, in two weeks, a track where Bakkerud had a clean sweep last year. Be sure to tune in and see if he’s able to do so again in 2017.

A Challenging Weekend Of Highs And Lows At World Rx Belgium For Hoonigan Racing Division

Round 4 of the 2017 World RX Championship took the HRD duo of Ken Block and Andreas Bakkerud to Mettet, Belgium, where the drivers both had a handful of wins off the starting line during their respective Qualifying Races, as well as demonstrating improved pace overall throughout the weekend. To really drive home the off-the-line prowess, Bakkerud even snagged the Monster Energy Supercharge award, which is awarded to the driver with the fastest reaction off of the starting line in the Final.
Round 4 of the 2017 World RX Championship took the HRD duo of Ken Block and Andreas Bakkerud to Mettet, Belgium, where the drivers both had a handful of wins off the starting line during their respective Qualifying Races, as well as demonstrating improved pace overall throughout the weekend. To really drive home the off-the-line prowess, Bakkerud even snagged the Monster Energy Supercharge award, which is awarded to the driver with the fastest reaction off of the starting line in the Final.
Round 4 of the 2017 World RX Championship took the HRD duo of Ken Block and Andreas Bakkerud to Mettet, Belgium, where the drivers both had a handful of wins off the starting line during their respective Qualifying Races, as well as demonstrating improved pace overall throughout the weekend. To really drive home the off-the-line prowess, Bakkerud even snagged the Monster Energy Supercharge award, which is awarded to the driver with the fastest reaction off of the starting line in the Final.
Round 4 of the 2017 World RX Championship took the HRD duo of Ken Block and Andreas Bakkerud to Mettet, Belgium, where the drivers both had a handful of wins off the starting line during their respective Qualifying Races, as well as demonstrating improved pace overall throughout the weekend. To really drive home the off-the-line prowess, Bakkerud even snagged the Monster Energy Supercharge award, which is awarded to the driver with the fastest reaction off of the starting line in the Final.
Round 4 of the 2017 World RX Championship took the HRD duo of Ken Block and Andreas Bakkerud to Mettet, Belgium, where the drivers both had a handful of wins off the starting line during their respective Qualifying Races, as well as demonstrating improved pace overall throughout the weekend. To really drive home the off-the-line prowess, Bakkerud even snagged the Monster Energy Supercharge award, which is awarded to the driver with the fastest reaction off of the starting line in the Final.
Round 4 of the 2017 World RX Championship took the HRD duo of Ken Block and Andreas Bakkerud to Mettet, Belgium, where the drivers both had a handful of wins off the starting line during their respective Qualifying Races, as well as demonstrating improved pace overall throughout the weekend. To really drive home the off-the-line prowess, Bakkerud even snagged the Monster Energy Supercharge award, which is awarded to the driver with the fastest reaction off of the starting line in the Final.
Round 4 of the 2017 World RX Championship took the HRD duo of Ken Block and Andreas Bakkerud to Mettet, Belgium, where the drivers both had a handful of wins off the starting line during their respective Qualifying Races, as well as demonstrating improved pace overall throughout the weekend. To really drive home the off-the-line prowess, Bakkerud even snagged the Monster Energy Supercharge award, which is awarded to the driver with the fastest reaction off of the starting line in the Final.
Round 4 of the 2017 World RX Championship took the HRD duo of Ken Block and Andreas Bakkerud to Mettet, Belgium, where the drivers both had a handful of wins off the starting line during their respective Qualifying Races, as well as demonstrating improved pace overall throughout the weekend. To really drive home the off-the-line prowess, Bakkerud even snagged the Monster Energy Supercharge award, which is awarded to the driver with the fastest reaction off of the starting line in the Final.

METTET, BELGIUM: Round 4 of the 2017 World RX Championship took the HRD duo of Ken Block and Andreas Bakkerud to Mettet, Belgium, where the drivers both had a handful of wins off the starting line during their respective Qualifying Races, as well as demonstrating improved pace overall throughout the weekend. To really drive home the off-the-line prowess, Bakkerud even snagged the Monster Energy Supercharge award, which is awarded to the driver with the fastest reaction off of the starting line in the Final.

While neither driver made the podium (Block was taken out during his Semi Final race due to a mechanical issue that broke his steering, Bakkerud was put into a tire barrier during the Final and also suffered a mechanical after that) both came away in much better shape pace-wise than their previous two races, finishing Qualifying in 4th (Andreas) and 6th (Block) overall.

“This was a tough weekend for us,” said Block. “We came into this track knowing it was a challenging circuit for our car setups and despite that, both Andreas [Bakkerud] and I managed some good results. I’m definitely disappointed that I lost my steering in the Semi Final, as I was on pace and in position to make it into the Final.”

Block continued, “I’m also disappointed for Andreas, he had a great start in the Final but got taken out after some high-speed contact going into a turn which put him onto a trajectory directly into a tire barrier with a heavy side impact. Definitely not the weekend we were looking for! But, we showed quick pace and we’ll be back and ready to for the next round.”

The next round of World RX for HRD is Round 5 of the World RX championship, in Lydden Hill, United Kingdom, May 27th and 28th.

Great Race Weekend For Hoonigan Racing As Bakkerud Takes 3rd In The Opening Round Of The 2017 World Rx Season In Barcelona With His Ford Focus Rs Rx

Bakkerud takes third in Barcelona at 2017 World RX Round 1.
Bakkerud takes third in Barcelona at 2017 World RX Round 1.
Bakkerud takes third in Barcelona at 2017 World RX Round 1.
Bakkerud takes third in Barcelona at 2017 World RX Round 1.
Bakkerud takes third in Barcelona at 2017 World RX Round 1.
Bakkerud takes third in Barcelona at 2017 World RX Round 1.
Bakkerud takes third in Barcelona at 2017 World RX Round 1.

BARCELONA, SPAIN, APRIL 2, 2017

  • First round of the 2017 FIA World Rallycross Championship
  • Last year was the first-ever year for Hoonigan Racing Division in the World RX Championship and was a complete development year for a brand-new racecar and chassis
  • HRD spent a lot of time in the off-season testing and developing the Ford Focus RS RX rallycross car with the help of Ford Performance and M-Sport
  • Both Block and Bakkerud showed fast pace from the start of the race — in Q1 Block won his race and was 2nd in the overall Qualifier, Bakkerud was in that same Q1 race with Block, finished third and was 5th overall in the Qualifier
  • Block went into the Q2 session sitting second-fastest overall
  • In Q2 both HRD drivers suffered bad luck because of a torrential downpour. Bakkerud was sent off track in turn 1 and into a wall, severely damaging his car and leaving him unable to finish the race, Block (along with the rest of the top qualifiers from Q1) had a slow overall qualifying time due to the slick conditions
  • Sunday saw both drivers bounce back, Bakkerud won his Q3 race, both drivers qualified for the first Semi-Finals of the season
  • Block finished his Semi-Final in 4th place — just narrowly missing the Final by one spot due to another competitor mechanically breaking in front of him and blocking him temporarily
  • Bakkerud took 2nd in his Semi-Final and advanced to the Final, where he finished the event 3rd overall
  • Bakkerud now sits 3rd overall in the Driver Championship with 22 points (Block sits 9th with 11 points)
  • Hoonigan Racing Division now sits 3rd overall in the Team Championship with 33 points total (PSVW and EKS are tied with 40 points each for 1st and 2nd)

“I’m really happy with our results this weekend,” said Block. “I obviously had the pace to do a lot better and know I would have if not for that heavy rain that slowed us all down on Saturday in that Q2 race. But, despite that, I made it into the Semi-Finals, which is way ahead of where we were with my setup at the start of last season. And for Andreas to get knocked out of his Q2 race and have his car repaired overnight to then come out and make it onto the podium today? Awesome! I’m really proud of both Andreas and my Hoonigan Racing Division mechanics, those guys did great work to help put Andreas up on that podium today. Now it’s on to Round 2 in Portugal where hopefully I have my same pace and some slightly better weather!”

The next race for HRD is Round 2 of the World RX championship, in Montelegre, Portugal, April 22nd and 23rd.

Ford Performance Presents Hoonigan Racing Division’S All-New 2017 Liveries Designed By Artist Death Spray Custom

With the World RX race season opener this coming weekend in Barcelona, Spain, Hoonigan Racing debuts its newest liveries for the team of Ken Block and Andreas Bakkerud and their Ford Performance Focus RS RX rallycross cars, designed in collaboration with U.K. artist David Gwyther—who is better known as Death Spray Custom and known for his multi-disciplined art work—Block and Bakkerud’s new liveries harness the look of intense energy (via bolts) while combining a 3D element to the pattern.
With the World RX race season opener this coming weekend in Barcelona, Spain, Hoonigan Racing debuts its newest liveries for the team of Ken Block and Andreas Bakkerud and their Ford Performance Focus RS RX rallycross cars, designed in collaboration with U.K. artist David Gwyther—who is better known as Death Spray Custom and known for his multi-disciplined art work—Block and Bakkerud’s new liveries harness the look of intense energy (via bolts) while combining a 3D element to the pattern.

BARCELONA, SPAIN, MARCH 28, 2016 — With the World RX race season opener this coming weekend in Barcelona, Spain, Hoonigan Racing debuts its newest liveries for the team of Ken Block and Andreas Bakkerud and their Ford Performance Focus RS RX rallycross cars, designed in collaboration with U.K. artist David Gwyther—who is better known as Death Spray Custom and known for his multi-disciplined art work—Block and Bakkerud’s new liveries harness the look of intense energy (via bolts) while combining a 3D element to the pattern.

In addition to the livery development work, Death Spray Custom also created all-new name and number lockups for both drivers, as well as new takes on established and well-known Hoonigan sayings “Kill All Tires,” and “Ain’t Care,” in addition to an all-new Hoonigan logo for placement on the cars.

“Every year, we here at Hoonigan Racing and Hoonigan Industries try and make the best racecar liveries in the world of motorsports,” said Block. “We’ve been able to keep it moving forward with what we do and we’re always trying to align our liveries with amazing graphics and artists so that it translates in a dope way to become a visually appealing and unique looking racecar on the track—and therefore will make fresh apparel with Hoonigan, and other awesome products with our other partners."

Block continued, "I’ve been a fan of David’s [Death Spray Custom] work for some time and I’m stoked that we were able to work together on this year’s livery. It’s great to have him be a part of our collective history as a race team.” 

“I misspent my youth by being crammed in the back of an early Ford Escort, chasing rally stages all over the UK,” said Death Spray Custom. “In 2017 it seemed fitting to misspend my time with Ken Block and the Hoonigan team.” 

To see the new liveries—and both Block and Bakkerud—in action, be sure to tune in to Round 1 of the 2017 World RX championship season, taking place this coming weekend, April 2nd, in Barcelona, Spain. Streaming exclusively on Ford Performance Facebook (www.facebook.com/FordPerformance/) for US-based fans and on www.fiaworldrallycross.com/live for the rest of the world.

For those who enjoy the new 2017 livery, select partners of Block will be offering gear and apparel that incorporates the designs (Hoonigan, Wolfgang Man and Beast, etc.) very soon.

Testing, Testing, 123

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.

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