After Ford announced that it will be pulling out of the FIA World Rallycross Championship, it left Norwegian driver Andreas Bakkerud without a drive for the 2018 campaign. Many people were worried about whether or not he will be on the grid for the 2018 season. But thankfully a few weeks ago, six time World Rallycross winner Bakkerud announced that he had signed with Mattias Ekstrom’s EKS team for the forthcoming season, pleasing all of his Bakkerud Blue supporters.
Speaking to the World Rallycross Championship in a recent interview, Bakkerud admitted that “We have been speaking with EKS since 2013. Already the first week after the announcement that Ford pulled out we knew that there was a good chance to go for EKS, but the last details took a while to get in place.”
He also reserved praise for the 2016 World Rallycross Champion saying “I think Mattias is one of the hardest working motorsport athletes out there. The results are often in the details, that’s where I can learn the most from Mattias.”
Bakkerud continued “I have huge respect for Mattias and what he has delivered in his motorsport life. I think I can learn a lot from him.”
After testing one of the EKS Audi Supercars, Bakkerud admitted that it was “Very different. It was a big turnaround on how to drive a Supercar, but I liked it. It will take some laps to get up to consistent good speed.”
Speaking about the 2018 season, he said “For me personally, it is to get back to speed and fighting in the top ASAP with what is a new car for me. It will take some time, but hopefully I can find the pace early in the Championship.”
The 2018 FIA World Rallycross Championship kicks off in Spain at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on the 14th and 15th April.
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