Andreas Bakkerud secured a first win in the World Rallycross Championship in Hell, Norway for the Ford Focus RS RX, becoming to the first driver to take a clean-sweep in the process.
Bakkerud was fastest in all four qualifying rounds, then won his semi-final before holding off former European champion Timur Timerzyanov to win the final. He’s also the first Norwegian driver to win at home.
The win comes in only the fifth outing for the Ford-backed, Hoonigan Racing Division-run Focus RS RX. The M-Sport-designed and built machine barely turned a wheel before the first round of the season in Portugal. Even by rallycross standards, it’s a pretty radical machine, not least because it’s rather bigger than has been the norm in recent years. That it’s won this early into its development will give its rivals something to worry about.
Bakkerud’s team-mate Ken Block finished second in two qualifying races, but mechanical problems meant he had bow out before the semis. Mattias Ekstrom still leads the championship after taking back-to-back wins in Germany, Belgium and Britain.
Watch highlights of Sunday’s action below:
British driver Liam Doran suffered this huge crash in his JRM Mini in qualifying:
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By Only Motors