Andreas Bakkerud has made history in Norway today, his home country after winning round five of the FIA World Rallycross Championship. He won all qualifying sessions (Q1 to Q4) as well as the semi-final and final heats. This was the first time in FIA Rallycross history that a driver has won all the heats from start to finish. Even better, he gave the new Ford Focus RS RX its first World RX victory.
Bakkerud who races for the new Hoonigan Racing Division World RX team alongside Ken Block acquired all 30 points from the race weekend, helping him to climb up to fifth on the standings. Timmy Hansen of Peugeot Team Hansen claimed P2 while DTM star Mattias Ekstrom rounded off the top three in his Audi S1 RX Supercar.
Speaking about his victory, Bakkerud said; “To win my home round on our home track is the best feeling in the world – I’m living the dream. The team has been working really hard for this and now we have the pace with the Focus, all the hard work has paid off. Timur [Timerzyanov] was really quick, I was scared of him going into the final as he was definitely the man to beat this weekend. I pushed as hard as I could and this win is for my fans and for my team – thank you to them all for the support, it means so much to me.”
Defending champion Petter Solberg finished fourth in his Citroen DS3 RX, he is currently second on the standings, five points behind leader Ekstrom. Sebastien Loeb finished fifth and is currently third on the championship standings. Russian driver Timur Timerzyanov had a perfect start winning the coveted Monster Energy Super Charge Award. The Ford Fiesta driver suffered a puncture while battling it out with Bakkerud before finishing sixth.
Johan Kristoffersson from Sweden finished in seventh place in a Polo RX, leading Janis Baumanis, Topi Heikkinen and Robin Larsson to complete the top ten.
Round six of the FIA World RX will head over to Sweden on July 2.