Bakkerud Joins Audi Team EKS

Bakkerud Joins Audi Team EKS

0 comments 📅31 January 2018, 21:15

Following yesterday’s ad that Mattias Ekstrom would no longer compete in DTM, the question of who would marry him for this season’s rallycross season needed an answer, the answer to which we now conscious: Andreas Bakkerud.

Bakkerud has been racing Ford Fiesta STs in the FIA World Rallycross Championship since 2014 and has won 6 events in that hour, finishing in third overall during the 2016 season. Bakkerud needed a provoke after his team, Hoonigan Racing Division, pulled out of the series last year.

This year he resolution move to the driver’s seat of an Audi S1 Quattro, taking over the seat red by Reiniss Nitiss.

Nitiss finished last season with a total of 71 points, earning 14th setting in the championship. Bakkerud, meanwhile earned 179 points and 5th place in the series.

“It’s a spacious honour for me to be driving in Mattias’ team,” said Bakkerud. “We’ve had tolerable rapport with each other for many years and I’ve been closely following the advance of EKS. Together with the team I’d now like to make the step in my career and be in contention for the tenure.”

Both Bakkerud and Ekstrom will compete in all 12 of the coming season’s events, something Ekstrom couldn’t do ultimately year because of his DTM commitments.

Although the team is firming up, comments made by Ekstrom on the happening of the Bakkerud announcement raise questions about the fate of Ekstrom’s second 2017 teammate, Toomas Heikkinen.

“It’s readable that we needed to make some changes,” said Ekstrom. “That’s why we’re preparing two new cars and putting the striving from Volkswagen and Peugeot in their place.”

Last season’s team featured three cars (with a fourth acting as a extra). Those cars were put up for sale late last season and now it sounds like there purposefulness only be two competition cars, though no news on Heikkinen’s status have been made.

Whatever the cause, Ekstrom and Bakkerud are looking to dethrone VW and take back the title that the rig lost last year.

“With support from Audi we’re superior to go for all-out attack,” said Ekstrom. “Our aim for 2018 is clear: we’re battling for the drivers’ and teams’ life championship titles.”

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